LEVEL flies from Terminal 1 at Barcelona El Prat airport. The airport is well connected to the city centre, with a train station in Terminal 2 and stations for Line 9 of the Barcelona metro in both Terminals 1 and 2.
Things to do in Barcelona
Colour and noise are what Barcelona is all about. Spend your days admiring the city’s art and culture and your nights embracing Catalan cuisine and eclectic entertainment
While Barcelona has a wealth of exceptional art galleries and museums, you don’t have to pay a penny to enjoy Spanish creativity throughout the city. From striking public sculptures to architectural wonders, there’s plenty to satisfy the eyes. Visit the Passeig de Gràcia, between Conseil de Cent and Aragó, to see works by the finest Catalan modernista architects, all in one block. Then make a new friend on Rambla del Raval – the street is home to an oversized bronze cat by Colombian sculptor, Fernando Botero. For something romantic, visit the Plaça d’Isidre Nonel, in Ciutat Vella. El món neix en cada besada (The world begins with every kiss) by Joan Fontcuberta is a large photomosaic of a giant kiss, made up of 4,000 small photos – all taken by city residents.
Don’t worry – it’s not a real donkey. Steel Donkey Bike Tours invites you to hop on two wheels to explore lesser-known parts of Barcelona. Instead of following a set itinerary, you’re let loose on the city with a knowledgeable local as your guide. Discover the best place for patatas bravas, visit beautiful-but-obscure sites, such as the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, shop for vintage threads in Gracia and Carrer Tallers, and even stop off for a game of ping pong under the shade of the palm trees on the way to Mar Bella beach.
It may be a little walk from the city centre, but Comaxurros is the place to go for the ultimate fried dough pastry. Quirky flavours include passion fruit, pistachio and Iberico ham. Order your churros with a café cortado (also known as tallat) – a shot of espresso with a splash of steamed milk. Barcelona’s cortados are known to be a bit on the milkier side – ideal for washing down that second churro…
For the best flamenco the city has to offer, hotfoot it to Tablao Cordobés on La Rambla. Order a tinto de verano (red wine with lemonade, similar to a sangría) and cheer on a troupe of talented dancers as they stamp, sing and clack their castanets. Later, slip on your dancing shoes to discover Catalan rumba. ‘Born’ in Barcelona in the 1950s, many consider it to be the true rhythm of the city. At Sala Apolo locals come together once a week to shake their hips to the music. Don’t be afraid to join in.
For the best views of the city, visit Turó de la Peira Park. A spiral of circular paths snakes up the hill, rewarding visitors with 360-degree views of Barcelona’s north-western neighbourhoods from the top. There are designated areas for bocce ball, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and football (for those feeling active), as well as plenty of picnic spots (for those who aren’t). For a different view of the city, try the Bunkers del Carmel atop the hill of Turó de la Rovira. Built as anti-aircraft fortifications in 1938, during the Spanish Civil War, the bunkers were renovated in 2000.