Destination Guide - Barcelona
Catalonia’s history is as colourful and varied as a Dali piece: the capital, Barcelona, was founded by the Romans; ruled by Muslims for more than 200 years; reclaimed by Christians; and then moulded by a slow and ongoing Catalan cultural recovery. Get a feel for the region through its world-renowned gastronomical offerings (elBulli is in Catalonia), architecture (think Antoni Gaudí), and Mediterranean coastline (think beaches).
Barcelona experiences a moderate Mediterranean climate throughout the year. Summer (June to August) average temperatures are in the mid to high-20s (degrees Celsius), though daytime temperatures often climb into the 30s. Winter average temperatures (December to February) are around 10 degrees.
Getting there and around
Barcelona is well covered by public transportation, with metro lines, trams, suburban trains, buses and taxis. For travel to and from Barcelona International Airport there are regular trains and buses to the city centre and taxi ranks outside of the terminals.
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