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BarcelonaSpain

Spain’s second-largest city is blessed with striking architecture, world-class museums and streets filled with the aromas and rhythms of Catalonia.

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

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a destination travelers like for its churches, and you might hop aboard the metro at Sagrada Familia Station or Sant Pau Dos de Maig to explore sights like Sagrada Familia.

La Sagrada Familia
Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou

4.5/5Wonderful!(34 area reviews)

Stunning beaches and popular shops are a few of the things travelers enjoy most about Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou. A visit to Diagonal Mar Shopping Mall or Mar Bella Beach is also recommended, and you can jump aboard the metro at Selva de Mar Station to get around town.

Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou

Top Hotels in Barcelona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
1 out of 5
Carrer de Llacuna 32, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $63 per night

Located in Poblenou, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bogatell Beach and Mar Bella Beach. Barcelona Zoo and Torre Glòries are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...

3.9/5Good! (987 reviews)

"Location was excellent with bars , restaurants and supermarket on doorstep"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $77 per night

Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Gran Teatre del ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,585 reviews)

"Clean and modern rooms. Igor at the front desk was helpful with directions to local attractions."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Arc la Rambla
Negresco Princess
Negresco Princess
4.5 out of 5
Roger de Lluria, 16-18, Barcelona
The price is CA $160 per night

Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casa Calvet, Teatre Museu El Rei de la Magia and Tivoli Theatre. Espai Volart and Jardines ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,263 reviews)

"This is my 2nd time and I would like to stay again in this hotel when I am back in Barcelona. Great location and very nice staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Negresco Princess

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(966 reviews)

Gaudí’s basilica in the center of Barcelona is an architectural marvel and offers views across the city from eight towering spires.

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4.5/5(964 reviews)

These lively pedestrian streets in the heart of Barcelona are filled with flower stalls, tapas restaurants and street performers. 

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(535 reviews)

This popular Barcelona meeting point connects the old city with the new and is famous for its shopping, monuments and festival celebrations.

Park Guell
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Park Guell

4.5/5(522 reviews)

Look out over the city from a Gaudí-designed terrace in this park in the city’s north.

Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo

4.5/5(495 reviews)

Gaudí designed this house for a family in the early 20th century and incorporated his signature elements into the design, including curved lines and bright colors.

Barceloneta Beach
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Barceloneta Beach

4.5/5(438 reviews)

The warm water of the Mediterranean Sea and aquatic sports, beach bars and nightlife combine to make this Barcelona’s most popular urban beach.

Top things to do in Barcelona

Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide
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Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide

CA $38
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Camp Nou Tour: F.C. Barcelona Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)
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Camp Nou Tour: F.C. Barcelona Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)

CA $50
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

CA $46
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic
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Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic

CA $45
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch
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Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch

CA $80
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport
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Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport

CA $15
Per adult

Reviews of Barcelona

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 27.265861027190333%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.5498489425981874%
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2 - Disappointing 0.45317220543806647%
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5/5 - Excellent

Lawrence

Mar 14, 2020

Good food! Good wine! Estrella beer!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 10, 2020

Awesome city. I could live there.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

Found the city somewhat dirty and crowded, with areas such as La Rambla very commercial with touristy offerings. Gaudi attractions are amazing and Montserrat outside the city is well worth a trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

Barcelona is absolutely beautiful! We walked EVERYWHERE!! Very affordable trip. Would definitely visit again when warmer. November was still bit cool.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Nice place lots to see and do

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

We were there during riots and incident when the airport was barricaded by protestors. Police needed to use force as protestors became violent. It was all around us. It was scary and I am not sure if I will return to Barcelona as a result of that.

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