After over a year of the living through the pandemic, everyone is in anticipation of finally
being able to jet abroad on holiday again and have normality return once more. The
situation globally is becoming more positive thanks to the vaccination roll-out and
tremendous efforts from the public in keeping one another safe.
Barcelona is one of Europe’s best loved holiday destinations year in and year out. With
beaches, history, gastronomy and more, it is the perfect all-round destination for travellers
at any time of year. With the summer weather upon us, this is the perfect time to visit the
Catalan capital with sunny and warm weather guaranteed.
If you are interested in travelling to Barcelona in the coming months but are concerned of
restrictions and safety, read on to find out all you need to know of the facts and to put your
mind at ease:
Who can go?
Travellers from most places in the European Union are allowed to enter to Spain without
having to quarantine upon arrival. For travellers outside of the EU, from places such as the
UK, there are additional restrictions that have been put in place over the past few months,
so we recommend checking your individual countries guidelines on travel to Spain.
As tourism is such an important part of Spain’s economy and culture, the government are
doing everything they can to ensure visitors will be able to visit this summer, as safely as
possible. This means that it may be necessary to show a negative PCR test upon arrival, to
prevent the spread of the virus and allow you to have a safe and relaxing holiday.
What are the restrictions?
All travellers must complete a Health Control Form (HCF), which can be completed via
the Spain Travel Health website or via the downloadable application. It will generate a QR
code which must be shown on arrival in the country.
Restrictions and recommendations, in force until May 24:
- There is no curfew in Barcelona, but people are asked to stay at home, if possible, to
limit social contact with people from outside of their bubble.
- Gatherings of up to 6 people, either inside or outside of the home.
- Shops and shopping centres can open until 10 pm. Bars and restaurants, are allowed
to open from 7.30 am to 11 pm
- Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, circuses, and concert halls are open until 11 pm.
with 50% capacity.
- Mandatory use of masks when in public spaces-
- To be updated on the latest regulations for your visit please check the Barcelona official web.
What to do in Barcelona during Covid -19
Here are some ideas to enjoy Barcelona to the fullest during Covid 19 over the next few months:
Head to the beach
The 2021 beach season is already uponus! Barcelona’s beaches (Banys del Fòrum, Somorrostro, San Sebastià, Llevant, Bogatell, Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icària, and Sant Miquel) are open for sunbathing and sports. There are 5 aeas from which you can do sports, and from 7 pm it’s allowed everywhere on the beach, but always while trying to avoid crowds. Currently we are in the mid-bathing season, which starts on 27th of March until 28th of May.
The high season starts on the 29th of May until the 13th September.
So that everyone can enjoy the beaches as much as possible, the council has launched ‘protocol monitoring’ (protocol de seguimiento de aflucencia), which keeps you informed of the number of visitors and the maximum capacity per beach. Information on the level of occupation of the beaches is available this website.
Monumental Club Concerts
The Monumental Club offers concerts with music for both adults and children, located in an old bull ring!
Concerts run from the 9th of April to 31st of June, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The prices range from 12 € to 30 €.
The concerts for children are on the 24th of April 8th of May and 5th of June, starting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costs range from 12 € to 14 €, and children aged 0 to 2 can enter for free!
Safety measures include:
- The social distance of 1.5m must be maintained at the entrances and toilets.
- Masks must be always worn, including during the concert.
- According to PROCICAT regulations, the consumption of food and drink is not permitted throughout the event, therefore there will be no bar service.
- You need to wash your hands at the entrance to the venue using our hydroalcoholic gel dispensers.
Visit a museum
To soak up the culture of Barcelona and learn of its exciting history, we recommend a visit to one of the city’s many fantastic museums. Whether you’re an art buff, or somebody who’s interested in learning of the colourful history of the Catalan capital, there’s something to whet everyone’s tastebuds.
Our favourite museums in Barcelona include:
- Picasso Museum
- National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
- Joan Miró Foundation
- Centre of Barcelona Contemporary Culture (CCCB)
- FC Barcelona Museum
- Chocolate Museum
- Museum of the History of Catalonia
- Olympic Museum
Enjoy some tapas and vermouth
Restaurants are allowed to open both inside and outside in Barcelona until 11pm at night, so you have the whole day to spend sampling delicious tapas dishes! Locals have their tapas as their evening meal, most commonly eaten past 9pm. But if you prefer to eat a bit earlier, there’s still tonnes of great places to eat out that offer dinner from around 7 onwards.
Some of the most popular tapas dishes that you must try are: patatas bravas (fried potatoes or chips with a spicy sauce), pan con tomate (bread with tomato), croquettes, Spanish omelette and calamari. Don’t be fooled into thinking Spain’s famous sangria is the drink of choice here either! Order a vermouth, a sweet fortified wine, to go incognito with the local Catalans.
Here’s some of our favourite tapas spots:
- Elsa y Fred
- Bar Cañete
- Bona Sort
- La Bicicleta