Barcelona has been one of my favorite European cities ever since it renovated its Mediterranean seafront for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. In recent years, it has become an enormously popular destination, which means that it is sometimes a challenge to avoid the hordes that throng the most popular attractions. But Barcelona is still one of those cities that can't help but enchant visitors. It contains some of the best-preserved medieval structures in Europe, as well as fanciful modernist architecture, and it's tree-lined La Rambla promenade is dotted with animated outdoor cafés and tapas bars.
Located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona experiences warm summers and mild winters. During summer and early fall, Barcelona is frequently hot and humid. Rainy days are limited, and the Atlantic west winds alleviate humidity except in the warmer seasons. A visit during the shoulder seasons, in April to May or September to October, is preferable.