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City Guide to Barcelona

Why Barcelona?


Barcelona basks in its reputation as Spain’s trendiest city. The bar and café scene kicks in late at night, with people still dining out on tapas at midnight. The Gothic quarter, the Port Vell area and the seafront Olympic Village all have great nightlife and lots of cafes, restaurants and bars. In 1992 the Olympic Games meant a huge investment in the infrastructure of the city. The road system was improved, four beaches were developed and whole areas of the city were geared up to cater for the influx of visitors. This has meant that there are cafes, bars and restaurants still flourishing. There are lots of jobs going, but bear in mind that there are lots of students going for the same summer jobs that you will be.

Facts about Barcelona

  • 1 million visitors visit Barcelona each week
  • Every hour 3,500 people walk down the Portal de l'Ángel making it the most walked street in Spain.

Plan Your Gap Year to Barcelona

Click on one of the links below for more information and useful advice when travelling to Barcelona.

Getting Around
Getting Around Barcelona

Top Things To Do

Top Things To Do in Barcelona


Accommodation in Barcelona


Emergency Information for Barcelona