HalalBooking guide to halal-friendly holidays in Barcelona
Barcelona, capital of the Catalonia region in Northern Spain, is nestled between the sea and the mountains. This charming cosmopolitan city with character offers something for everyone and is known for its unique architecture, art, museums, culture, delicious Catalan cuisine and the world's largest football stadium. What makes it attractive is that it is more than just a city break, it is also a beach holiday with 4.2 km of golden coastline and soft sand, a nature holiday with hidden adventures and mountain activities, a cultural holiday with Gaudi architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a family holiday - with activities to keep every member entertained. Old and new blend seamlessly to showcase the history, culture and modern life that you are sure to experience on your halal holiday in Barcelona.
Practicalities before visiting Barcelona
Flights are available from most UK airports to Barcelona El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto (BCN), the second busiest airport in Spain. There are many flights in and out of the country - either at affordable or luxury fares. From El Prat, the city centre can be reached by bus, taxi and train - all conveniently located outside the airport. Further from the city centre are Girona and Reus airports, which can also be reached via local transfer services.
Barcelona has an amazing and efficient metro system which can be navigated easily. Although many prefer to explore the city on foot to soak up the local area, the places further afield can all be reached with a Hola BCN card - free bus, train and metro access for a limited period of time. The Hola BCN card is also useful when travelling to and from the airport via train.
Barcelona has pleasant weather all year round, but the best times to visit are in May and June, when the weather blows a nice breeze and it's not too crowded with tourists. During the peak summer months of July and August, it can be busy with tourists and can get quite muggy - but this is perfect for those seeking sun and scorching temperatures.
Barcelona for the halal-conscious traveller
Unknown to many, Barcelona was once conquered by the Muslims in AD 720, and was under Moorish rule for around 85 years, then called "Barshiluna". While the famous Cathedral of Barcelona was converted into a mosque, religious freedom was largely respected. Today, there are almost no Moorish remains.
The modern presence of Muslims in Barcelona began in the 1960s when there was an influx of North African migrants and students from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Palestine. The Muslim community in Barcelona today consists of Muslims from Morocco, Bangladesh, Algeria, Nigeria and Senegal, with the majority being from Pakistan.
During your stay in Barcelona, take some time to visit the Masjid Tarek Ibn Ziyad, which extends over 6 floors. Take this great opportunity to meet Muslims from all over the world; Residents and tourists are united in prayer. While there are not many mosques, the Muslim population has increased over the years and it has never been easier to "fit in" for Muslims. As Barcelona is an inclusive and cosmopolitan city, the population is used to people wearing modest clothing and hijab.
Sites and activities in Barcelona
This enchanting and magical park houses buildings by the famous Gaudi, whose work was heavily influenced by natural themes. Walk along while capturing the mosaics and stunning structures for the whole family to enjoy. Some areas are only accessible with a ticket, which is worthwhile if you appreciate the finer architectural and artistic details.
La Sagrada Familia
The amazing La Sagrada Familia is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic structures that make up Barcelona’s skyline. It is the tallest religious building in all of Europe and it was designed by Gaudi.
The lively area of Las Ramblas is in the heart of the city centre and is home to many restaurants and shops. The bustling area is teeming with flower kiosks and friendly street performers.
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Visit the Magic Fountain show with your family, for a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tibidabo Amusement Park is located high up in the mountains and can be reached by tram, which in itself offers stunning views of the city and a fun experience. It offers a fun day out for all the family and offers beautiful views of the whole of Barcelona.
Mercado de La Boqueria
The most famous public market in Barcelona, Mercado de La Boqueria is a busy tourist attraction with stalls serving fresh food, snacks and juices. Be sure to try the dessert, smoothies, and ice cream - all at an affordable price.
Halal food and restaurants in Barcelona
The Muslims who have come to Barcelona in recent years have greatly influenced the halal food available today. Enjoy a Barcelona halal food tour with a variety of Lebanese, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, South Asian and French cuisines. Try the La Brasserie du Gothique, El Barri Gotic - a French restaurant that can accommodate halal food if booked in advance. Also try the local tapas and cuisine - while there aren't many places offering halal tapas, there are a few that offer seafood and vegetarian options. The Mediterranean diet is full of colourful vegetables that pack a punch, try the traditional seafood paella and bocadillos, a Spanish bread sandwich filled with a wide range of delicious options.
In addition to the range of dishes, there is also an abundance of fresh fruit, juices and fresh ingredients to create your own magic in the kitchen if you feel like it, or just grab some snacks and pastries while you explore the area. Start your morning with a fresh baguette for breakfast, topped with olive oil, tomato and salt - Barcelona style.
Halal-friendly properties in Barcelona
There are over 500 halal-friendly properties in Barcelona at HalalBooking. Complete your city break with properties serving halal food and with halal food nearby . Nothing will feel better than knowing your next meal is sorted, and you can relax under the sun. Use our halal-friendly filters such as alcohol-free stays and luxury options of pools and spa and wellness centres to find your ideal property for your stay in Barcelona. Feel secure in your booking at HalalBooking, knowing you have the choices of ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ and ‘Free Cancellation’.