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Barcelona is an incredible city, with exciting activities to try and outstanding areas to visit on the coast of north-eastern Spain. Whether you're booking a tour of Sagrada Familia, would like to gander around Picasso's museum, or would simply like to take part in an interactive cooking experience within the heart of Barcelona, it's important you book comprehensive European travel insurance as a security precaution. This will protect you against insurable, unforeseeable circumstances like holiday cancellation and curtailment, lost baggage, missed departures or medical treatment. You can book a Single Trip policy to cover one visit to this beautiful city or take out an Annual Multi-Trip policy to cover several adventures you're keen to enjoy throughout the year.

Why choose travel insurance with Holiday Extras?

  • - Up to £10 million in medical cover
  • - Choice of four different cover levels
  • - Voted best insurance provider for over 10 years running
  • - No upper age limit on Single trip policies**
  • - Over 25 years experience selling Travel Insurance
  • - Single and annual policies available

Finding the best travel insurance for your particular needs will help ensure you have a peaceful time away without the worry of unforeseen costs. At Holiday Extras we provide comprehensive cover for your trip at a competitive price. We have four levels of travel insurance cover available. Our Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum cover range from basic to a higher, premium level of cover. If you are looking for cheap travel insurance for Barcelona then you could take out a cheaper policy that provides essential cover at a lower premium. With our Platinum cover policyholders are entitled to complimentary Gadget cover for their tech and even Wedding cover (should this be required).

Compare travel insurance for Barcelona

Check out our table below and compare the level of Barcelona travel insurance provided for either a Single Trip or Annual Multi-Trip policy. Let's help you choose the cover that's right for you, and suitable for your next holiday to one of Spain's most appealing cities!

Baggage cover
Cancellation cover
Medical cover
£5 million
£10 million
£10 million
£10 million
Excess charge
Lost passport
Personal money
Wedding cover
Gadget cover

Barcelona travel insurance with medical conditions cover

If you, or another person travelling on your policy, have a pre-existing medical condition then you can book a travel insurance policy with your medical conditions covered. At Holiday Extras we consider all medical conditions and offer cover for the majority of pre-existing conditions. We have a 24/7 online medical screening process.

If you currently have a medical condition, or have previously had one, then you will need to declare your condition(s) online during this screening process.

Barcelona Cityscape

Extreme sports cover your holiday in Barcelona

If you're keen to participate in various sports during your trip then know that our travel insurance policies include comprehensive cover for over 100 sports, so there's no reason you can't jump straight into your next adventure! However, if you're more of an extreme sports thrill seeker then bear in mind certain hazardous sports are excluded from your policy due to their naturally higher risk. Don't be dismayed though because we could still cover your chosen sport if you add an additional sports package to your policy - in the form of an Extra Activity Cover Level Pack, of which there are several available.

Sports covered as standard with our holiday insurance

  • Mountain biking - this is exceedingly popular in Barcelona because there are endless stretches of exciting trails throughout the National Parks surrounding the city, including mountainous regions. It's also a great way to get out of the city and explore the more natural landscape of Barcelona.
  • Bungee jumping - if you're staying in the capital of Catalonia, you'll never lack things to do as there's a vibrant breadth of culture and entertainment. If you're looking for thrills, outside of modern cosmopolitan city life though, then you could enjoy a real adrenaline rush during your time in Barcelona by going bungee jumping (if you've got a good head for heights that is).
  • Sailing (recreational - inshore) - if water sports are more up your street then there are several you could enjoy in Barcelona. Being located on the Mediterranean Sea means sailing is a great sport you can relish. In the Sant Marti neighbourhood of Barcelona, you'll find several of the cities beaches where you could participate in various activities on the water.
  • Football (practice and training) - obviously Barcelona is renowned for its football, and with a Holiday Extras policy you can enjoy some of the action. You could play at 'Parque Joan Miró' which is a public pitch and is accessible for everybody (as long as it's not being rented out at the time).

Sports covered with an Extra Activities Cover Level

  • Rock climbing (harnessed up to 4,000m) - there are a few places you can enjoy climbing during your time in Barcelona. If you're keen to enjoy the nature and see more of this beautiful city then guided trips are available for climbers of differing skill levels with organisations like Barcelona Guided Rock Climb - you would just need to add Activities Cover Level 2 to your policy to make sure you're covered.
  • Surfing and Windsurfing - you could enjoy hitting the waves off one of the beautiful beaches and ensure you're covered by adding Activities Cover Level 1 to your holiday insurance policy. You might even like to enjoy a spot of Wakeboarding whilst you're away and secure this additional sports cover with Activities Cover Level 2.

Booking your Barcelona insurance cover

Choosing the right level of cover is straightforward and making a booking with Holiday Extras is just as quick and easy. To get a quote, or book your policy online, simply click below and bear in mind the following information:

    Location: Where are you going?

    Dates: When will you be going, and for how long?

    Health: What pre-existing medical conditions have you had in the past, or present?


Where are the best areas to stay in Barcelona?

Sant Pere and La Ribera are two districts with origins in the medieval period, perfect for those looking for a cultural experience. They are both cheaper than staying directly on Las Ramblas and are safer than some other, less gentrified districts.

How do you get around Barcelona?

There is an extensive public transport system in Barcelona. The transport is both easy to use and find your way around and consists of the metro, buses, trams and FGC, all of which can be paid for with one integrated ticket.

Do I need any vaccinations for Barcelona?

You do not need any vaccinations against illness in order to travel to Barcelona, the island of Ibiza or indeed anywhere in Spain. As with any part of the world though, it is advisable that your anti tetanus vaccination is up-to-date if you're going to come into contact with nature or the countryside. According to the Fit for Travel NHS website there are selectively advised vaccines, but only for those individuals at higher risk of Hepatitis A or Hepatitis B.

What travel insurance do I need for Barcelona?

It's advisable that you take out sufficient travel insurance before travelling to Barcelona, to cover unforeseen circumstances that could negatively impact your holiday and are insurable. Depending on the level of cover you purchase, with a Holiday Extras policy we could insure your holiday with cover for potential risks, including the following:

  • Cancellation, delayed departure or missed connection
  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Delayed checked-in baggage
  • Lost, stolen, or damaged possessions
  • Natural disaster

Do I need a visa to visit Barcelona?

No, if you are planning on working or staying in Spain for up to a 3-month period. If you're planning on staying in Barcelona for longer you would need to register your residency***.

Can I travel to European cities like Barcelona after Brexit?

Yes, the UK is now in a transition period with the EU because both parties have ratified the Withdrawal Agreement. This means that all holiday travel will remain unaffected by Brexit throughout 2020, if you would like to learn more and view several of our other guides to help you navigate your travel throughout Europe post-Brexit, then visit our Brexit and Travel page.

Is Barcelona safe for tourists?

Barcelona is safe for tourists, although you must keep aware of petty crime such as theft of money or passports (particularly on Las Ramblas) and those who may be using distraction techniques. However, any precautions you take should be reinforced with the correct holiday insurance cover for your trip.

How do I avoid pickpockets in Barcelona?

Barcelona is one of Europe's most exciting cities for culture, architecture and glorious food, but sadly it has been known for pickpockets. There are many top tips you can follow for the best ways of avoiding pickpockets so that you can have peace of mind and just focus on enjoying your holiday.

These include the following tips from our Holiday Extras Travel Guides team:

  • Don't put things in your back pockets.
  • Invest in a bag that isn't easy to open.
  • Face the front of your bag towards your body so it's even harder to open (if you have a backpack you can spin it around and wear it on your front).
  • Don't count your money in public, especially around cashpoints.
  • Load up some of your money onto a travel money card.
  • Keep your cash and cards in more than one place (you could get a money belt which goes under your clothing and isn't too expensive).
  • When at a restaurant put the strap of your bag around the leg of the chair that you're sitting on and, preferably, put the bag on your lap.
  • Keep your wits about you, if you look like you've made a conscious effort to stay safe pickpockets will view you as a difficult target and move on.
Barcelona Architecture

At a glance: Barcelona

  • How long does it take to fly from the UK to Barcelona? It's pretty quick duration wise, between just 2 hours to 3 hours.
  • What is the time zone in Barcelona? Barcelona time is CET (Central European Standard Time) at 1 hour ahead.
  • Which airlines fly to Barcelona from UK? There are many airlines that fly to Barcelona, including British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and Jet2.
  • What is the currency in Barcelona? The currency in Spain and Barcelona is the Euro.
  • What language do they speak in Barcelona? The two official languages in Catalonia, and in Barcelona, are Catalan and Castilian Spanish, the former is the most prevalent. You may find that English is quite widely spoken, especially in the tourist industry in Barcelona.
  • What is the emergency number in Barcelona? The European emergency number is 112. Though this isn't the only national emergency number in Spain. The national emergency numbers are 091 - police and 061 - health emergencies.
  • What plug sockets are used in Barcelona? Barcelona uses two pin power plugs and sockets, so you will need to take a European plug adapter with you.

Top 5 best places to visit to do in Barcelona

  1. Sagrada Familia - The Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Barcelona and is worthy of any bucket list with its Gaudi designed spires which were left unfinished on his death.
  2. Park Guell - If you can't get enough of Gaudi, the Park Guell is home to a wide selection of different Gaudi sculptures. In fact, the park itself was designed by Gaudi himself, largely respected as being one of his greatest works.
  3. El Palau De Musica Catalana - If you have had enough of Gaudi, you can honour the work his musical contemporaries by visiting his astounding auditorium, in which you can hear some of the most exceptional choral and classical music.
  4. Las Ramblas - Las Ramblas is the heart of Barcelona. This wide street, which stretches from Placa de Catalunya to Port Vell is full of entertainment and street performers.
  5. Camp Nou Tour - Barcelona's football club is one of the most famous in the world and this well-visited attraction takes you on a tour of all the places you have always wanted to see for yourself. The tours include seeing the pitch and the commentary box as well as one of the best football museums in the world.

Holiday Extras Travel Guide to Barcelona

Check out our video travel guide to Barcelona below to see the 10 splendid places to visit if you're planning a trip to this magnificent city, in just around 2 minutes - including a look at Barcelona's Gothic Cathedral and La Boqueria market.

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***The rules on travel will stay the same until 31st December 2020, according to the UK Government website.

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