Gap Year in Barcelona, Spain

This seaside city will sweep you off your feet with its world-famous dining, architecture, and energetic culture.


    Fall: 55-70 °F
    Winter: 40-50 °F
    Spring: 50-70 °F




    Spanish, Catalan, Aranese

Located between the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains and the sun-drenched beaches of Costa Brava, Barcelona will delight everyone from the outdoorsy to the epicurious.

While Spaniards may call the city “Barthelona,” real locals say it with a soft C. As the second-largest city in Spain and capital of the Catalonia region, Barcelona actually has its own unique culture and language (Catalan)—and its independent spirit shows.

While in Barcelona, be sure to eat copious amounts of seafood and cured meats, take advantage of beautiful boardwalks and public spaces, and see the works of two artistic legends both born in Catalonia: modernist architect Antoni Gaudí, and surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

Order tapas (in Spanish)! Tapas, the Spanish word for small, shareable dishes, are a beloved Spanish tradition. Try local favorites like blistered peppers, Iberian ham, and a Spanish omelette, a tasty omelette filled with onion and potato.

Hit the beach. Did we mention Barcelona is right on the coast of Spain? Sprawl out and relax or catch some waves at one of the city’s many beaches.

Go see Gaudí's buildings. Visit iconic landmarks such as Park Güell or the Sagrada Família to experience the unique modernist architecture of Antoni GaudÍ, a Catalan native.

Antoni Gaudí's Parc Güell was originally built as a utopian neighborhood above the dense city for Barcelona's upper class.

Take a hike. Thanks to Barcelona’s proximity to the mountains, there are many short hikes nearby with Insta-worthy views. Check out Bunker de Carmel for panoramic views of the city.

Wander the plazas. Barcelona has lots of beautiful plazas, or town squares, filled with public gardens, sitting areas, and historical buildings.

Eat your way through La Boqueria. This bustling market features an iconic metal roof and hundreds of stalls selling local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and olives.

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