Barcelona

Travel Guide
Barceloneta Beach featuring street scenes, night scenes and a city

Modernist art and Gothic architecture create a stunning backdrop in the Catalan capital, where sublime food and a sophisticated nightlife scene await.

The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a beachside metropolis city of 2.5 million residents. The city’s winding streets are lined with tapas bars, and traditional dancers entertain onlookers in the city’s squares. The influence of modernist architect Antoni Gaudi is everywhere, from hillside parks to public buildings.

Forget about driving in Barcelona. Get around on the metro system, bus lines or bicycle. Better still, pack some comfortable shoes; this city was made for walking, the nicest way to take in the city’s many sights, sounds and flavors.

Wander the streets of Las Ramblas, in the heart of the city. The main boulevard runs from Placa de Catalunya Square in the north, down to the port. Restaurants, flower stalls and souvenir shops line the footpaths. Street performers entertain families during the day and revelers fill the bars well into the night.

Explore the Gothic District, to the north of Las Ramblas. Here you’ll find the 14th-century Barcelona Cathedral, which houses the remains of the city’s co-patron saint, Eulalia of Barcelona.

Ride a cable car to the top of Montjuic, a commanding hill near the city center, and spend a day exploring the many attractions. Cool off by the Magic Fountain (Font Magica), which stands before the neo-baroque National Palace (Palau National) before enjoying the traditional arts and cuisine of the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village).

Gaudi’s fanciful buildings are a Barcelona highlight and can be explored in chronological order. Start at his first house, Casa Vicens, before finishing at his final masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. Don’t miss Park Guell, which features a mosaic terrace with views of the city and harbor.

Barcelona is home to more than 50 museums. Discover the childhood drawings of Spain’s greatest artist at the Picasso Museum, then set sail for the Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim) in the historic 14th-century dockyards.

Families are well catered to in Barcelona. Spend a day on the beach with locals, or experience life beneath the waves at the Barcelona Aquarium. In the evening enjoy Catalan music at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, before heading out into streets and plazas to experience the atmosphere of Barcelona in the evening.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona
The price is CA $98 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Gran Teatre del Liceu ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,045 reviews)
"Great location and great staff!"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Arc la Rambla
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
The price is CA $219 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Gothic Quarter, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Frederic Mares Museum and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Picasso Museum and Boqueria ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (953 reviews)
"Fantastic location, friendly and helpfull staff."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Hotel Colón Barcelona
Barceló Sants
Barceló Sants
4 out of 5
Plaza Dels Paisos Catalans S/n, Barcelona
The price is CA $115 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Venetian Towers and Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc. Sants Station and Barcelona (YJB-Barcelona-Sants ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (956 reviews)
"The hotel looks fairly new and it’s modern. Service was friendly. The gym was great, best I’ve seen for a hotel in Spain so far. Includes Weights, weight machines and cardio machines. Buffet breakfast was worth the money. Only problem Experienced was the WiFi in my room was down for several hours ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Barceló Sants
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Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Gran Vía Suites
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Gran Vía Suites
4 out of 5
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes, 454, Barcelona
The price is CA $122 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Eixample, this boutique apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Arenas de Barcelona, Placa d'Espanya, and Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc. Magic ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,096 reviews)
"Bathroom needs a fan, wish the second bedroom didn't have a step up or that the beds would've been off of the floor as that was difficult for an older person to get into bed"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2021

Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Gran Vía Suites
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona
The price is CA $125 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Sant Marti, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museu de la Musica and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. Torre Glòries and Arc de Triomf are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (804 reviews)
"The staff was wonderful! We enjoyed four nights at this property. The bed is comfortable but not great, the pillows were not (we found them a bit hard). We stayed in a deluxe studio. The room itself is spacious and the bathroom (shower only) is also spacious with a shelf to store your things. The ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2021

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Arai Aparthotel
Arai Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Avinyó, 30, Barcelona
The price is CA $228 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Gothic Quarter, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of La Rambla and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Palau Guell and Barcelona Cathedral are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (781 reviews)
"Great location and hotel. Beautiful old property in the gothic quarter. Nice sized room and very enjoyable stay for family of 4."

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2021

Arai Aparthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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