Barcelona Flights:

Flights to Barcelona

image of BarcelonaBarcelona is the second largest city in Spain and is situated on the country’s Mediterranean coast in the east.

Flights to Barcelona from South Africa are available with Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, KLM, British Airways and Spain’s national airline, Iberia. Departing from Johannesburg, all flights connect through other European cities, including Paris, Munich, Zurich, Amsterdam and London.

From Cape Town you can choose a flight with KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa, South African Airways, Air France or BMI, again connecting through another European city.

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The Tourist Attractions of Barcelona:

Barcelona has been increasing in popularity as a tourist destination since the 1990’s and is now one of Europe’s top destinations as more and more people are discovering its history, culture, architecture, nightlife and beaches.

Barcelona has some very impressive architecture, most notable of which is the modernist architecture, particularly that of Antoni Gaudi. The Sagrada Familia is probably the most famous building in Barcelona. This is a huge Roman Catholic church which was begun in 1882 and amazingly, construction still continues to this day and is not scheduled to be finished until 2026! The church is actually one of the most popular attractions in the whole of Spain.

Another popular attraction in Barcelona which was designed by Gaudi is the Park Guell. This is essentially gardens with impressive architectural elements and the gardens are free to visit. Also here you’ll find Gaudi’s house – though not designed by Gaudi it does feature some of his furniture design work and there is an entrance fee for this.

There are also many other impressive buildings around Barcelona, many of them religious, including the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, the Gothic Church of Santa Maria del Pi and the Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Meanwhile, the Montjuic Castle is reached by an aerial tramway, called the Harbour cable car, and whether you visit the Castle or not, the cable car journey offers some great views.

Barcelona has an historic centre, the area called Barri Gotic is the medieval centre of the city, within the larger area known as Ciutat Vella (Old City). This area is full of interesting narrow streets with many Gothic churches and one of Barcelona’s most famous streets, La Rambla. This is a busy and vibrant part of the city with many places to eat and drink, though most of the people you will find here are tourists and prices are a little higher than elsewhere.

From La Rambla you can walk down to the harbour. Not many old buildings remain here anymore as the area has been redeveloped and is now a centre for entertainment, shopping and nightlife and also has an aquarium. This is definitely one of the busy nightlife spots in Barcelona.

Also on the coast you will find Barcelona’s seven beaches, which total 2.8 miles (4.5km), so you’re bound to find a spot for sunbathing somewhere! And every Sunday night during the summer the beaches offer live music, as well as drinking and swimming.

Like most large cities, Barcelona has many museums although some are quite disappointing. The Picasso Museum for example does not feature hardly any of his most famous works, but the Museum of the City of Barcelona is more interesting as it includes access to the Roman underground ruins and has a good general history of the city.

When Should You Visit?:

The climate in Barcelona is Mediterranean, which means hot and dry summers and mild and wet winters. July and August are the hottest months with an average of 28C, whilst June and September are only a few degrees cooler. To escape the heat and the crowds, May and October are better months to visit, whilst January is the coldest month with an average high of 13C and low of 5C.

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