Delicious cold salad of shredded codfish combined with peppers and olives.
Escudella I carn d'olla
Stew made with pork, beef, and chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, and butifarra, a typical Catalan sausage.
Typical dish made with eggplant and roasted red peppers bathed in a sauce made with olive oil and garlic.
Mel i mato
Dessert made with curd cottage cheese with honey.
Typical food of Barcelona, Spain
One of the strengths of Barcelona is its gastronomy. With a varied and worldwide recognized offer, the City of Counts offers dishes with flavor and tradition
The traditional Catalan cuisine has two basic elements, the Catalan picada, comprising mixed dried fruit, garlic, and aromatic herbs, that is used for numerous sauces, and sofrito, which is present in most Catalan dishes, prepared frying garlic, onions, tomatoes, or peppers in olive oil.
The Catalan salad is the ideal entry since it combines a sausage called butifarra, made of pork meat and blood, with ham, various vegetables, boiled eggs, anchovies, and green and black olives. Rice is also characteristic of the Catalan cuisine. You can find arròs de guatlla i botifarra, which is rice with sausage and quail, as well as black rice served with pork, sausages, and seafood such as prawn, squid, langostino, mussels, tomato, garlic, and onion.
Escudella I carn d'olla is a delicious stew with pork, veal, and chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, and potatoes; Favesa la catalana are broad beans with bacon, morcón (pork sausage), onion, garlic, mint, and bay leaves. One of the most popular and delicious regional dishes is escalivada, made of roasted eggplant and red peppers covered in a sauce of olive oil and chopped garlic.
Regarding seafood dishes we can mention the Catalan zarzuela, which is usually served in Christmas and is a mix of seafood, including grouper, monkfish or white fish, prawn, shrimp, squid, and mussels. Another delicious dish is suquet de pescado, a fish broth prepared with cod, sometimes combined with monkfish and clams, to which you can also add other seafood. There is also esqueixada de bacalao, consisting in a cold salad that combines shredded cod, peppers, and olives, ideal for the hot season.
The sweet touch of Barcelona comes with Crema catalana (Catalan cream), a sort of egg custard with a crunchy caramelized sugar cover; cottage cheese with honey known in Catalan as mei e mató; and postres de músic (musician's dessert), which is made with walnuts and raisins. We can also mention the delicious panellets, small sweets made with almond marzipan and chocolate and coffee flavored nougat; Pets de monja(nun's sighs), some delicious biscuits typical of the region, and xuixos, thin-crust pastry filled with cream.
To cool off, you can have orxata prepared from the tuber called chufa; or a granizado, sweet beverage that is enjoyed iced, which is prepared with coffee and orange or lemon juice and ice; or cava, sparkling wine from Catalonia.
- In summer, the nightlife of Barcelona takes place outdoors. We recommend bringing a light sweater.
- Winters in Barcelona are humid and cold, so we recommend packing suitable clothing and verifying if your hotel offers heating.
- Some restaurants have a dress code, we also suggest packing more formal clothing and shoes.
The weather in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with dry and hot summers, humid and cold winters, and light rains all year long. The annual average temperature is 16 °C (61 °F)
What to bring by season
The hottest months are from May to October, with an average temperature of 28 °C (82 °F) and highs of up to 35 °C (95 °F). Nights are cool, with temperatures ranging between 12 and 19 °C (54 and 66 °F). We suggest bringing a cap or hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, and your swimsuit.
The coldest season of the year is between November and April, with a daytime temperature of 13 °C (55 °F), especially between December and February. Nights are very cold, with lows of 4 °C (39 °F). We recommend packing warm clothing including a cap, a scarf, thick sweaters, a jacket, and closed shoes or boots.
Barcelona is the capital of the province of the same name and the autonomous community of Catalonia. It is located on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, 120 kilometers (74.6 mi) south of the Pyrenees mountain range and the border with France. This city is also known as the City of Counts, for being once the capital of the county of Barcelona.
The city holds within a lot of history: it was a Roman colony; for over 200 years it was under Muslim rule; and then it became a Carolingian Empire county. In medieval times, it was the economic and political center of the western Mediterranean and in 1714 it was taken by the Bourbon troops. In the mid-19th century, the advent of the Industrial Revolution brought a period of cultural revival for the city.
Barcelona hosted the Olympics Games in 1992 and currently ranks high on the list of the top tourist destinations in Europe and worldwide. It is better to explore it by bus to see its medieval buildings and beautiful architecture designed by Antoni Gaudi. The most famous works of this Catalan architect include Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, Casa Batllo, Casa Vicens, Parc Guell, Casa Mila, and Palau Guell.
La Rambla is a pedestrian street popular both with tourists and locals. This wooded corridor between the Gothic Quarter and El Raval connects Catalonia Square, in downtown, to the Christopher Columbus monument, located in the old part of the port, known as Port Vell. Walking along La Rambla you can see several interesting buildings, such as Virreina Palace, La Boqueria market, and the famous Gran Teatre del Liceu, where operas and ballets are presented. Barcelona also has beaches such as San Sebastian or Barceloneta, and there are also intriguing places such as the mountain of Montserrat.
For sports lovers Barcelona features Nou Camp, a famous stadium, home to FC Barcelona, which has a museum inside. The city also houses the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home to the Grand Prix Formula 1 Spain 2015.
Shops and fashion are part of the life of the city, and the tourist trade hub par excellence is Barcelona Shopping Line, housing international high quality stores with the latest trends. The most traditional markets are located in El Raval and La Rambla. The city also has hotels for all tastes and budgets. Nightlife in Barcelona starts at midnight and the Spaniards often celebrate until dawn, either in the Olympic Port or Port Vell. The Gothic Quarter houses the most distinctive local jazz venues in the city, or you can also attend concerts at Palace of Catalan Music or the opera at Gran Teatre del Liceu.
***The official currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR).