If you’re searching for apartments in Barcelona then you’ll be able to find the perfect accommodation at HomeAway. Barcelona is an exciting, cosmopolitan city next to the Mediterranean; home to impressive architecture, vibrant culture and some of Europe’s best shopping. Whether you want to be close to the sea at Barceloneta, or opt instead for the bustle and iconic sights around the Sagrada Familia, there’s a choice to match your plans and budget. Many rentals are set in turn-of-the-Century buildings, but with tastefully furnished and up-to-date interiors. You’ll also be able to define the guest facilities that you require from our Barcelona apartments; complementing a city lifestyle are handy conveniences like private parking, air-conditioning or internet access.
Things to do in Barcelona
- Food and drink in Barcelona - Being on the Mediterranean coast, the quality of seafood is impeccable. Also fantastic are the tapas in Ciutat Vella and rice dishes, such as Paella, are traditional. You could also head to one of the excellent covered markets in Barcelona, like La Boqueria, where you’ll be able to purchase excellent fresh produce and local specialities.
- Sightseeing in Barcelona - There are plenty of famous landmarks to check out here; among the most distinctive are the Catalan Modernist buildings created by turn-of-the-century architect Antoni Gaudí. The most impressive are the Sagrada Família Church and the beautiful Park Güell, which offers lovely views across the city. No visit to Barcelona is complete without a stroll along Las Ramblas.
- Shopping in Barcelona - Ciutat Vella is especially inviting for shoppers, boasting numerous one-off shops and trendy boutiques. For upscale shopping Passeig de Gràcia has a wide array of top luxury brands. There are also a scattering of malls like Maremagnum on the waterfront, which is open 7 days a week.
- Museums in Barcelona - Barcelona has a collection of museums you’d expect from a top European destination. One of the best is the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, MACBA, which showcases Catalan art since the war. There are also small museums devoted to the work of the artists Picasso and Miró, while CosmoCaixa is an award-winning science museum.
- Beaches in Barcelona - There are plenty of clean and well-appointed city beaches on Barcelona’s waterfront, like Playa de la Barceloneta. A great way to experience the city would be to hire a bicycle and explore the city’s coastline. Alternatively you could hop on the bus or train to one of the blue flag resorts a few minutes north or south of the city.
Weather in Barcelona
On holiday in Barcelona you can expect a Mediterranean climate; this makes for mild or warm weather for most of the year. Temperatures reach above 20 degrees from as early as May, and this warm, dry weather lasts all the way through to October, with most days ideal for visiting the beach. In July and August you’ll encounter highs in the upper 20s or more. Winters here are short and mild, with daily highs hitting the mid-teens from December to February and many clear, sunny days. If you’re looking for similar weather but would prefer to be situated out of the city then have a browse through some of our other Villas in Spain.
Travelling to Barcelona
You can fly to your Barcelona apartments from abroad via El Prat International Airport (BCN), which is served by a host of premium and low-cost airlines flying between cities across Europe and beyond. Girona (GRO) and Reus (REU) also serve Barcelona and are around an hour to the north and south of the city respectively. There’s an extensive Metro system in Barcelona, consisting of 11 lines, and trams run in certain areas. You’ll be able to reach the city from the neighbouring communities of Aragon and Valencia via regional trains, while there’s also now a high-speed connection to Madrid.