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Hot Deals and Hot Summers in Barcelona

barcelona-gothic-quartierI have always been a fan of visiting the European cities in September. Generally speaking, the crowds tend not to overwhelm every single attraction anymore and the weather is still absolutely gorgeous. Plus, in many cities the prices start to be lower, as well.
Why visit Barcelona in September?
Probably the best months to visit Barcelona are May, June, September and October. While August still comes with scorching hot weather, September is milder, with temperatures dropping to an acceptable range. It’s warm and you can spend all day in the city without having to hide during the hot afternoon hours.
The average high temperature in Barcelona in September is 25C/78F while during the night you should expect 16C/62F. In other words, pack a light jacket for the evenings. You don’t need to worry much about rain though. The month is quite dry and you do need to be quite unlucky to end in Barcelona when it rains.
Getting here
When it comes to getting to Barcelona, you have quite a lot of possibilities. Most travelers, though, choose to check out the flights to Barcelona . The city’s airport is served by plenty of low-cost carriers so it does make sense to start your search with those.
If you need to fly between the continents, it’s a good idea to choose to enter Europe via London or Paris. Then, catch a low-cost flight to Barcelona. For example, a round trip flight from London starts at £96 (on EasyJet).
Another option is to fly into Madrid and then travel to Barcelona. In such a case there are several ways to get from Madrid to Barcelona . There are direct flights, trains and buses. And, of course, you can always rent a car and drive between the two cities.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to look at several possibilities to get here. If you are flexible and allow for such stops along the way you can save quite a lot of money and get to see some more cities along the way.
Where to stay
I have discovered the European hostels last year and I’ve been raving about them ever since. Barcelona hostels , just like all hostels in Europe, come in different styles and sizes. But many offer both dorms and private rooms. So even if you travel with your spouse and need some privacy, the hostel is a great place to stay. Plan to pay at least €20 per person per night in the hostel (and a little more if you want to stay in a private room). Over all, a person won’t pay more than €40 per night in a private room.
The prices are always excellent and you get to meet the fellow travelers. Many hostels offer free wi-fi (or computers connected to the internet, which you can use for free) and some offer a common kitchen. It feels wonderful to wake up and head to the kitchen to enjoy your coffee with other travelers, while exchanging stories or making travel plans together.
What to do
One thing is for sure: you won’t be bored in Barcelona. The things to do in Barcelona include: seeing the exterior of Sagrada Familia, visiting the Picasso Museum or walking (and shopping) on La Rambla.
And if you have some money to spare you might want to take a trip to one of the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands. There are direct flights from Barcelona to Fuerteventura, as well as to Mallorca. Price-wise it’s much cheaper to fly to Mallorca.
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