When to fly
There are several annual events which transform Barcelona and make it even busier and more festive than usual making it a great time to take a flight to Barcelona. Sant Joan is the main event in city, and it usually takes place on the night of the 23rd June. It sees the city light up with bonfires and firework displays, especially on the beach where the celebrations continue until dawn. There is an increased travel service, with special metro and FGC trains running all night.
Música als Parcs: From June to August, a series of free, alfresco concerts are offered in some of Barcelona’s most beautiful parks. Enjoy both a jazz and classical concert programme while taking in the scenery during the summer months. Be immersed in over 600 events all over Barcelona in the week-long celebration of Festes de la Mercè in honour of the patron saint of the city, Our Lady of Mercy. Expect to see a seafront air show, sporting events, firework displays, free concerts and parades. This is a huge event and around 100,000 people descend on the centre of Barcelona with the hope of watching the final parade.
Barcelona is Spain’s most popular tourist destination, and summer is the peak season. Many of the locals depart for the beach in August and leave the city to the visitors.
Ideal times to visit are May, June, and September when the weather is warm but not sizzling hot and there are more cheap flights to Barcelona.
Between tourists and business travellers, Barcelona is busy year-round. You may be able to grab a cheap flight to Barcelona during September as it has fewer tourists, and October has lots of rain. Although the winters are mild, if you are booking a trip, make sure your room is heated.
Barcelona, Catalonia's capital and Spain's second-largest city, has it all - effortless cool, history, culture, magical architecture, one of the world's biggest football clubs, beaches, and, the underpinning of any successful trip, a local population with an unquenchable thirst for a night out.
Its standing as a must-visit city means that there is no shortage of cheap flights to Barcelona. The international airport is 13km southwest of the city.
Take a flight to Barcelona and see the two very different artist’s work which define Barcelona. One is Picasso, who lived in the city from his teenage years to his early-20s. The Picasso Museum has 3,500 of the artist's works, from sketches to paintings and collages. The other artist is Antonio Gaudi who designed the stunning Sagrada Familia (its construction started in 1882 and is still not finished), and Parc Güell, with its resident smiling dragon.
The Gothic quarter has some of the best-preserved medieval streets while the new part of town is around Montjüic hill, from which there are panoramic views of the city.
The tree-lined Las Ramblas sweeps down from the Plaza de Catalunya to the water, a lively area of cafes, market stalls and lots of street theatre.
Well-known for hosting the Summer Olympics in 1992, Barcelona continues to be a popular destination for competitive sports. People with an interest in arts and crafts can also enjoy a variety of trade exhibitions and artisan markets in addition to museums exhibiting classical artwork. The city also boasts a vibrant night life, with a variety of clubs, theatres and music venues to enjoy.