We bet you heard from everyone (included us!) that Barcelona is the perfect destination in every season, due to the unbeatable tourism-friendly Mediterranean weather. But there’s something particularly special about Spring! Maybe it’s the flower blossoming happening on Las Ramblas and in the Ciutadella Park (and all around town for that matter), maybe it’s the outdoor terraces becoming more and cozier, or maybe it’s the sangria that will just fit in a little better now… Reasons don’t really matter as there is only one truth: Spring is when Barcelona is at its best!
If you’re lucky enough to come to visit before the summers heat (and crowds) set in, you´ll be glad you made it! Just by being outside you will have already had a guaranteed 5-star holiday experience. If your goal is to make the most out of your time here, this list will help make your Barcelona visit even more magical:
1. Have a picnic lunch in Parc de la Ciutadella
It’s one of the coolest city parks in all of Europe and it’s right in the middle of the city. Next to it, in the Born neighborhood, you’ll find plenty of restaurants with nice food to-go (bocadillos, pizzas, piadinas, homemade salads, vegan delicatesse & so on). Grab whatever you feel like and come to enjoy the sun in the park!
2. Do an independent rooftop bar hopping
One of the best – and less known – things of Barcelona is that many hotels have opened their terraces to the public. Do you know what this means? Great drinks & very unique views! Choosing a few hotels in the Old Quarter and having a drink at each of them would easily become one of the best ideas for a spring afternoon. Select three to four hotels accordingly to the type of view you’re in the mood for, grab a light jacket and taste your favorite drinks while watching the sky colors change as the sun goes down.
We recommend Hotel 1898, Le Meridien, Hotel Neri, Grand Hotel Central, Claris Hotel and Hotel Majestic.
3. Attend a daytime festival
There will be many, and TimeOut will be your best friend when recommending the right festival for you depending on your days in Barcelona. There’s something for everyone: cinema festivals, beer festivals, traditional festivals. Lecool Barcelona can also give you some great tips during your visit.
4. Fill up on tapas & fine wine
Another reason to explore the outdoors and the terraces: take a seat, get comfy and pick 4 to 6 tapas from the menu. The waiter will happily help you with the specials if you’re not sure of what to order. The most important thing here is to choose the right tapas place: we recommend Quimet i Quimet in Poble Sec, Jaica in Barceloneta or El Puntual in the Born. And if you’re a foodie, or if this idea really makes your mouth water, make sure to check our Tasting Barcelona Food & Wine tour. It can be the perfect starting point to the wonders of Catalan cuisine.
5. Enjoy the city from above
Visiting the Montjuic mountain is the perfect combination of tourism, culture, sightseeing, and relaxation. From the top, you’re not only going to experience one of the best views of Barcelona but also get the chance to see two very important museums (the Museum of National Arts and the Miró Museum). There is also a very impressive natural garden for you to reconnect, breath some fresh air and relax for a while. And as the cherry on top, you can have a traditional Catalan meal at la Caseta del Migdia, having all of Barcelona at your feet.
And if you need any help planning your trip, get in touch with us! Write email@example.com. We would love to hear from you. 🙂