Basic Facts About Barcelona

  • Population: 1.61 million (3.24 million in the surrounding area)
  • Record breaker: Barcelona expands over an area of 101.4 km2 making it the largest city on the Mediterranean Sea
  • Famous landmarks: La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Mila, La Rambla
  • Famous faces: Pablo Picasso, Antoni Guadí, Joan Miró, Salvador Dali, Gerard Piqué, Daniel Brühl, José Manuel Serrat
What To Do in Barcelona While Learning Spanish

Expanish has an excellent Barcelona student guide for what to do while learning Spanish in our exciting programs so you can experience the city to its fullest. Watch an FC Barcelona football game, have a drink on a rooftop bar, and eat street food in the historic old town. Explore the world famous art-nouveau buildings and futuristic Olympic Village on the harbor. The city is surprisingly easy to navigate, especially with Expanish as your Barcelona tour guide!

Take advantage of the city tours, nightlife, and culture through our free and low-cost school activities, hosted every week for our students. It’s a great place to start if you are unsure of what to do or how to do it. But lucky you, Spain’s second biggest city is a center for art, gastronomy, and architecture so there are endless options and you will never be bored. Here are some of Expanish’s staff top suggestions for our Barcelona student guide of what to do while learning Spanish in Spain:

Cultural Activities

5 Cultural Activities

  • Watch a Flamenco show, or better yet, take a Flamenco class
  • Visit Figueras (the Dali museum), Palau Nacional, and the Picasso Museum
  • Don’t miss seeing La Sagrada Familia before it is eventually completed in 2028!
  • Explore all of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces including Parc Güell, Casa Milà, and Casa Batlló
  • Watch the Castellers (Barcelona’s famous “human towers”) perform during festivals and major celebrations
Going Out

5 Nights Out

  • Learn how to make paella in a fun and interactive cooking class
  • Enjoy Barcelona’s gastronomic scene and tapas bar culture
  • Attend an outdoor concert or movie on the beach
  • Develop your palate with a wine tasting experience
  • Dance the night away at a salsa club
City Escapes

5 Sights Outside of Barcelona

  • Go horseback riding in Catalonia
  • Explore nearby Andorra or Girona
  • Visit Spain’s capital city, Madrid, and get to know Spain’s largest city
  • Hike Montserrat, just one hour outside of Barcelona
  • Enjoy the beaches of Spain’s Andalusia region.

4 Sports Activities

  • Go to an FC Barcelona match at Nou Camp stadium.
  • Kayak, paddleboard, surf, or kiteboard in the sea
  • Play a game of beach volleyball
  • Join an amateur football league
Cost of Living

Below is a brief look into the cost of living. Please keep in mind that prices could be different upon arrival.

  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district: €12 – $13
  • 1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk: €0.92 – $0.99
  • 12 eggs: €2 – $2.12
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of apples: €1.81 – $1.94
  • 0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket: €0.96 – $1.03
  • 1 bottle of red table wine: €3.5 – $3.71
  • Monthly ticket public transport: €52 – $56
  • Taxi trip for 8 km. (5 miles): €14 – $15
  • Cappuccino: €2.8 – $2.97
  • 1 cocktail drink in downtown club: €8 – $9
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district: €50 – $54
Travel Tips

What kind of electrical plugs and voltage does Spain have?
Spain uses 2 pronged round European plugs with 220 volts at 50 Hertz. You can buy electrical adapters/converters at most hardware stores, pharmacies, and travel stores.

Travel Tips

Barcelona has mild, humid winters and warm to hot summers, with rainier periods during autumn and spring. The average temperature for the year is 21°C / 70°F during the day and 15°C / 59°F at night.