Barcelona is one of Venezuela’s most important cities, culturally and historically. Visitors to this bright and cheerful coastal city will be able to wander through its colonial past as easily as they stroll through its streets, buildings and beautiful squares.
Things to do in Barcelona, Venezuela
One of the first things you must do in Barcelona is head to the Casa Fuerte, a building with many skins, this 18th century building was once a convent, and then a fort utilised to defend the city. Today, it lies in ruins, but has been cemented in Venezuelan history by being elevated as a monument to mark the country’s independence.
However, there is much more to explore if you are fascinated by Barcelona’s past. Take the time to tour the old part of town, and then visit the Theatre Cajigal off the Plaza Ronaldo, where you can watch both plays and musical concerts held in a gorgeous neoclassical building.
Outside of the city, there is plenty for nature enthusiasts and holidaying sunseekers to appreciate. Take a boat to the islands just off Barcelona’s coast; Borracha, Las Chimanas, and Margarita, and secure your own secluded stretch of sand or pretty cove to sunbathe on.
Otherwise, take a trip out to Puerto La Cruz, where you can enter into the Mochima National Park, a vaunted Venezuelan beauty. Here you can delve into the deep and dark depths of the South American jungle, or be swept away by the remarkable beauty of the beaches and inlets of this park.
Best time to visit Barcelona, Venezuela
- The weather in Barcelona is equatorial and typically average highs in this city are in the low to mid 30s, with lows generally not falling below 22°C.
- Avoid June through to September, when the wet season hits the city.
Best time to book
- Because of the distance between the two countries, it is advised that if your starting point is in Australia that you book as soon as you are able to cut down on costs.
Expect to pay
- Venezuelan Bolivar (VEF).
Arriving in Barcelona, Venezuela by plane
- The airport in Barcelona is known as the General Jose Antonio Anzoategui International Airport (BLA), and is one of the country’s largest transport hubs. It is services by domestic operators, such as Aserca Airlines, Avior Airlines, Serami and Rutaca.
- BLA Airport is 6km out of the city centre, so access into town is good. Other services include a cyber café, a couple of eateries and a souvenir shop.
- To fly to Barcelona from Australia you will need to fly either to Miami (MIA) in the USA, or the larger city of Caracas (CCS) to transfer to Barcelona.
- Australian citizens qualify for an automatic stay of up to 90 days in Venezuela. Please do check the government website though, as these restrictions can be subject to change.
Transportation to city centre
- Expect a taxi journey into downtown Barcelona to cost between 130-150VEF ($27-32).
- There are rental companies that service BLA airport, but if you would like to secure a car in advance you can use Skyscanner’s convenient car hire tool, or arrange an airport transfer.
Where to stay in Barcelona, Venezuela
- Modest hotel options are found right in the downtown area of Barcelona, which is both fairly close to the airport and many of the city’s attractions.
- There are more luxury venues and hotels on the Paseo Colon in the Puerto La Cruz part of town.
Useful tips before you go
- Please be cautious when travelling in Barcelona, and do not walk alone at night. Use common sense, and do not carry too many expensive items with you.
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