Panoramic View of Barcelona. Buy plane tickets to Barcelona
National Palace. Buy plane tickets to Barcelona
Sagrada Familia. Buy plane tickets to Barcelona
Park Guell. Buy plane tickets to Barcelona
Paella. Buy plane tickets to Barcelona
Panoramic View of Barcelona
National Palace
Sagrada Familia
Park Guell
Paella

A rich historical heritage, distinctive architecture and five kilometres of sandy Mediterranean beaches are the main reasons Barcelona is popular among tourists. In 2016, 32 million travelers visited the capital of Catalonia. This is the city of Isabella I of Castile, Christopher Columbus, Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí. The swimming season in Barcelona lasts from April to November, with the number of tourists peaking in July and August. The beaches are free and perfectly equipped and have been awarded Blue Flag status for their cleanliness.

The easiest way to get to Barcelona is to buy tickets for a direct Moscow-Barcelona flight. Direct flights take about 5 hours and arrive at El Prat Airport (Aeropuerto de Barcelona – El Prat), which is located 12 km  from the city centre. The best deals sell out quickly, so we recommend booking in advance.

General flight information Moscow  → Barcelona

Distance between cities

3 010 km

Time difference in winter

-2 h

Time difference in summer

-1 h

Average direct flight time

4 h 20 m

What to see

One of the most visited sites, the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), is located in the historical centre of Barcelona, the Old City (Ciutat Vella). As you walk through this labyrinth of winding streets and hidden squares and soak up its special atmosphere, you can trace the history of the city, from its foundation to the mid-19th century. There are several Roman-era buildings in the quarter – the ruins of the Barcino settlement. However, most of the buildings were built in the 14th and 15th centuries, when Catalonia was part of the Kingdom of Aragon, one of the leading powers of the time.

Montjuïc is a hill located south of the Gothic Quarter. The easiest way to climb it is to use the cable car from the harbour (Transbordador Aeri del Port). Montjuïc features lots of museums, historical buildings, nightclubs and other attractions. In the 20th century, the hill became Europe’s largest public park: it hosted the World Expo in 1929 and the Summer Olympics in 1992. A scenic overlook at the Castle of Montjuïc (Castell de Montjuïc) offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and the harbour.

One of the most impressive structures on the hill is the National Palace. At first glance, it looks like a centuries-old building. That’s not the case; the palace was built at the beginning of the 20th century as the main site of the World Expo. Nowadays, it hosts the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, MNAC). Its collection represents various stages of Catalan art history. At the foot of the cascade of steps leading up to the palace, there is the magnificent Magic Fountain (Font màgica de Montjuïc). If you’re curious about where the name comes from, make sure to see the show that takes place here every night from June to September.

Antoni Gaudí’s works shape the city’s unique appearance. He built 13 structures in Barcelona, the most renowned being the Sagrada Família (Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família), Park Güell and the Casa Batlló and Casa Milà residential buildings. The architect successfully combined modernism and Catalan Gothic in his ornate masterpieces. Gaudi was inspired by natural objects and avoided straight lines, preferring harmonious forms with a riot of colour.