Since all the entertainment is free, taste test your way through La Mercè. Experience the Catalan Wine Fair or a swimming race across the harbor, or the pyro-musical with synchronized fireworks, water fountains and music conducted at the base of the Montjuïc mountain.
Be careful at the 10 kilometer fire runs
The correfoc events mean huge sparklers are spitting sparks in a wide radius, so dress appropriately with long sleeves and a flame-retardant hat. You’ll also see lots of kids with firecrackers.
You can’t do Barcelona with witnessing some of Gaudí’s lyrical, playful architecture. Some of the best buildings to visit include Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, and Park Güell.
Pay homage to the patron saint at the Plaça de la Mercè
In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, there is a basilica dedicated to the Virgin, where a wooden image of her is venerated.
Getting to Barcelona-El Prat Airport
(BCN) is very easy from virtually any European destination, as well as from most intercontinental locations.
Hotels fill up early
Book far in advance or check Airbnb, as they have a sizable inventory in Barcelona.