Last fact-checked: 1 March 2020
If you’re tired of the rising cost of dental care at home, then you may want to consider heading to Spain for high-quality care coupled with significantly more affordable prices. With Dental Departures’ pre-screened clinics and dentists in Barcelona, you can find a reliable facility for your treatment, no matter how simple or complex your needs may be.
Situated on Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast and first founded by the Romans in Barcelona in the First Century BC, Barcelona embraces both the traditional and the avant-garde. As one of the most-visited cities in the world, millions are drawn here each year thanks to its famously cosmopolitan atmosphere, eclectic architectural styles, endless sunshine and unbeatable food.
Catalonia’s capital invites exploration on foot; in fact, you could make your way from the old, winding, narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter to the iconic Las Ramblas boulevard and then arrive at its white, sandy beach all in the space of an afternoon. Along the way, it would be hard not to stop off one of the countless tapas bars, chi-chi cafes or open-air restaurants where you can sample the city’s gastronomic fayre while admiring the views.
While Antoni Gaudi’s famed architecture is among Barcelona’s most popular attractions, you’ll find plenty more architectural gems to seek out, such as the Baroque palace Palau Dalmases, the 2,000-year-old Columns of the Temple Augustus, the Art Nouveau Sant Pau Recinte Modernista and the eerily abandoned Casino de la Rabassada, formerly grand hotel that’s now overgrown and covered in graffiti.
Barcelona is a treasure-trove of unique attractions—if you are visiting for dental work, you’ll be sure to enjoy what else it has to offer while you are waiting for your treatment to be completed.
1: As the NHS dentistry crisis continues, the British Dental Association is reporting that one million new patients are now unable to access a dentist in the UK. An alternative way of receiving affordable dental care is to visit a dentist while on holiday or enjoying city break—and destinations for that don’t get much better than Barcelona.
2: Prices in Barcelona are, on average, around 60% lower than in the UK; even basic care, like check-ups, teeth cleaning or dental fillings can be several hundred pounds less. Skipping regular dental check-ups can increase the chances of those little problems becoming much bigger, which will inevitably cost even more to put right. Thus, foregoing that filling could lead to the need for a root canal down the line—or worse—you may lose your tooth completely.
3: Spain’s healthcare services are considered to be among the best in the world, and like other European Union members, it has benefited from EU investment and regulations. This means that standards are similar to what other visiting EU members are used to at home. Spain’s dentists receive good training and take part in on-going training throughout their careers to abreast of new developments and techniques.
4: Dental clinics tend to be modern and equipped with the latest technologies, including digital x-rays and CAD/CAM that provide while-you-wait prosthodontics—a boon to international patients who may be limited on time.
5: Barcelona is easily accessible from the UK and Eire with regular, direct flights to Barcelona leaving from major cities with low-cost air carriers, including TUI, Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, and Thomas Cook.
6: And, of course, the weather! Definitely an added attraction for Brits and Irish accustomed to wash-out summers and bleak winters.
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You will be spoilt for choice in Barcelona for accommodation options. Boutique and chain hotels, as well as apartments and B&Bs, can be found throughout the city at price points to suit everyone. You can also opt to stay by the nearby beaches, in the old quarter or by the lively Las Ramblas, depending on what suits you.
Barcelona is generally safe for tourists; walking around at night or taking public transport generally isn’t a problem. However, like any big city, there are opportunistic thieves who will snatch your bag or pick your pocket if you don’t have your wits about you—especially in and around the busy Las Ramblas area.
The answer here is a resounding yes. Dentists in Spain are all in private practice, meaning its more in their interests to provide good-quality care that meets their patients’ expectations. If they don’t, patients will simply go elsewhere. For clinics offering services to dental tourists, the principles are the same. Dental tourists are looking for providers with a good reputation as well as value-for-money—word soon travels if a facility is not up-to-scratch.
To ensure you receive reliable care, it’s worth taking the time to do your own research. We make an otherwise complicated process simpler because all the verified clinics in our listings have already been pre-screened by us. Our background checks include legal/criminal records and onsite visits, as well as verifying dentist qualifications and professional memberships. Alongside patient reviews, prices, location maps and clinic photos you have all the information you need to make an informed decision right there.
Our top-rated dental clinics in Barcelona include:
It’s worth remembering that no medical or dental work anywhere can ever be completely guaranteed. Although all medical procedures carry a certain degree of risk, the key is to minimise the risk is to ensure your work is carried out by a reliable clinician. Because we only partner with trustworthy providers, the vast majority of our patients experience no problems with their care, and for the tiny fraction that has, problems have usually been minor.
All Dental Departures’ partners offer guarantees or warranties on the work they perform, as well as lab work, such as crowns and veneers. If you experience any issues, you can go back to the dentist to have it resolved. If you have an expensive or complex procedure, medical complications insurance may be something to consider to give yourself complete peace of mind. This pays for your travel and accommodation expenses in the unlikely event that you have to go back to the dentist in Barcelona to fix a problem.
All our dentists speak English, and as Barcelona is a major tourist destination, you’ll find that English is spoken widely. That said, it’s always worth knowing a few Spanish phrases, which always endears you to the locals.
Each of our clinic listings confirms their accepted payment methods on their respective listing page on the Dental Departures site. Most accept cash (Euros), Mastercard and Visa debit/credit cards, bank transfers and travellers cheques.
Peak tourist season in Barcelona is during the school holidays of July and August. This is when the temperature tends to be at its highest, and while temperatures topping 30C may seem tempting, it can be a little too hot for some, especially if they’re walking around.
April, May and June, as well as September and October, are also pleasantly warm and less crowded so these months may be a better option (and flights and accommodation are likely to cost less, too). Even in winter, the daytime temperature rarely dips below 10C so you can visit then as our dentists are open all year round. It’s always worth checking for holidays and festivals before you book as businesses may be closed during these times.
Undoubtedly, some of the main attractions in Barcelona are Gaudi’s famously quirky architecture. These include the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo and the magical Park Guell, with its Hansel and Gretel gatehouses, mosaic dragon sculpture and multi-coloured battlements. However, there are more than 2,000 buildings that have Modernista elements—check out Casa Planells, Hotel Espanya and Casa Thomas to avoid the crowds.
Besides the usual modern-day retail experiences, the bustling La Boqueria market is great for food shopping and you can get your fill of fruit, veg, cheese, cold meats, olives and fish. And to rest those tired legs? Find a seat at one of the many market bars for tapas and a beer.
Any football fan will want to visit Camp Nou—Barcelona FC’s stadium, and stadium tours are available, just not on match days.
Barcelona is home to countless museums, including the Barcelona City History Museum, which preserves Roman sites across the Gothic Quarter, the Fundacio Joan Miro that houses a large collection of the artist’s work and even the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum—the oldest museum in the world dedicated to cannabis.
The neighborhood of Gracia has a small-town feel with its narrow streets and squares. It’s a stylish, artsy area with plenty of independent shops, cafes and bars; in August, during the Festa Major, residents decorate the streets to win a prize for the best. The week-long festival has a multitude of activities and shows and there is a laid-back atmosphere despite the serious competition between residents.
If you’re a wine lover, Can Calopa is a winery and bodega that boasts a 16 th-century farmhouse and produces over 8,000 bottles of Garnacha and Syrah varieties of wine a year. Wander through the vines, discover how organic wines are made and sample some of the produce.
As if Barcelona doesn’t already offer enough, boat tours are available along the Costa Brava, as well as helicopter rides, the PortAventura theme park, the Arabic Spa, flamenco shows, tapas tours, parasailing, beach cinemas, canyoning and a whole host of other activities to suit all tastes.
Most people fly to Barcelona’s international airport, only 13 km south of the city centre, 103 km northeast from Girona. If you are planning to hire a car then you can pick one up at any of the airports and have a leisurely drive into Barcelona (the train services are reasonably good, too).
EU nationals can travel, work and live in any other European country without the need for any visa. Tourist stays of less than 90 days for nationals from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require visas.
While walking is the best way of seeing a particular district, if you’re going from one place to another in the city, you may want to use public transport in Barcelona. The Metro, tram and FGC are quick and convenient and there are also over 1,000 buses that serve the whole city.
Integrated cycling routes are available (if you want to hire a bike), while the black and yellow taxis are affordable and reliable.
● Sitges, 27 miles (43 km)
● Lloret de Mar, 46 miles (75 km)
● Tarragona, 59 miles (96 km)
● Valencia, 217 miles (350 km)
● Madrid, 385 miles (621 km)
Contact Dental Departures’ Customer Care Team who can help with all aspects of your trip to visit a dentist in Barcelona, including hotel bookings and finance, as well as arranging your appointment. Alternatively, you can book directly online with more options shown below. Or you can book your appointment online right here any time of the day or night, at no charge to you.
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