The Americas Cup is just one of many reasons to visit this year…

There’s never a bad time to visit Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia. This mesmerising destination has everything you could possibly want from a city break, from iconic architecture and world class museums, to more epicurean pleasures like tapas, vino and golden sands along its Mediterranean shoreline.

The city owes its unique aesthetic primarily to a clique of architects, operating at the second half of the 19th century, who were intent on expressing their Catalan identity through bricks and masonry. Foremost was Antoni Gaudí: the breathtaking Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and Casa Batlló are just a few of his unmissable works that captivate visitors with their whimsical designs.

Beyond its architectural allure, Barcelona boasts a dynamic cultural scene, with world-class museums, galleries, and theatres dotting the cityscape. Travellers can immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere of La Rambla, a bustling boulevard teeming with street performers, shops, and cafes, or explore the historic Gothic Quarter, where narrow medieval streets reveal hidden gems around every corner.

Barcelona’s diverse culinary scene is another highlight, tempting taste buds with a tantalising array of tapas, paella, and other delectable Catalan dishes. From Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional markets like La Boqueria, food enthusiasts can savour the city’s gastronomic delights. Whether indulging in its cultural treasures, revelling in its lively atmosphere, or lounging on its golden beaches along the Mediterranean, Barcelona exerts a magnetic charm on visitors that inevitably has them coming back for more….

Highlights for 2024

Of course, 2024 offers an additional reason to book tickets to Barcelona: the Catalan capital will play host to the 37th edition of the Americas Cup. The oldest international sporting tournament in the world, this sailing race first took place in 1851 (45 years before the modern Olympics began) and last took place in 2021. The event means that, from August onwards, the city will be abuzz with sailing fans, keen to watch the progress of their favourite teams. From Oct 12th, the America’s Cup Match starts for real: a competition of thirteen regattas, which will pit the defenders of the trophy – Emirates Team New Zealand – against the winning team of the summer qualifiers.

Barcelona Deep Dive

At Urban Travel Blog we have deep roots in the Catalan capital, and have covered the city numerous times, from its highlights and secrets, to a day in the life of a bike tour guide and the city’s surprising tradition of flamenco…. here are a few of our favourite guides and stories, all updated for 2024.

Everything you need to enjoy a sensational city break in one jam-packed article… check out our Long Weekend guide to Barcelona, and arrive informed.

Get under the skin of the city with our Secret 7 Things to Do in Barcelona. Hell, we even added 5 unmissable classics to make your lives even easier!

Discover the surprising strength of Barcelona’s flamenco scene, and the 6 Best Flamenco Tablaos to check out when in town. Feel the duende!

Gaudi was one of a clique of genius architects that defined Barcelona’s Modernista movement. Check out 5 Modernista Icons by his peers.

Barcelona is flat, dry and warm… in other words there’s no reason not to bike around the city! We check out the 6 Best Bicycle Tours in town.

Go local by learning some of the lingo… a life skill that never goes out of fashion. We preview 5 Great Language Academies.