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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

H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona
The price is CA $136 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Passeig de Gracia, and Placa de Catalunya. El Corte Ingles ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"Location location location. This hotel has just that. Central to subway, museums, shopping and areas of neighborhoods. Staff were friendly, professional and rooms updated. Roof top bar, pool and restaurant was a added bonus."

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

H10 Cubik
H10 Madison
H10 Madison
4.5 out of 5
C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $164 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,049 reviews)
"Perfect location and great service and best staff"

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

H10 Madison
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $161 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Gothic Quarter, this spa hotel is steps from Placa del Rei and Barcelona Cathedral. Palau de la Musica Catalana and La Rambla are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"Perfect location! Walking distance to many of the best attractions in Barcelona. The hotel staff was wonderful. The rooms were clean and fully stocked with toiletries, coffee/tee and Mini bar. A sangria at the roof top bar is a must. The views are amazing."

Reviewed on Jul. 7, 2020

Hotel Colón Barcelona
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.
Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
3 out of 5
Avenida Diagonal, 578, principal, Barcelona
The price is CA $80 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. La Rambla and Sagrada Familia are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...
4.3/5Excellent! (153 reviews)
"It is an excellent location. The staff were very responsive. Easy to check in and the apartments provided information about airport pickup. Couple of things to keep in mind if you are traveling with a family of 4 like we did. An extra roll away bed will cost you 36 Euros/day. Wi Fi is a little slow ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2019

Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
3 out of 5
Passeig de Gracia, 115, Barcelona
The price is CA $119 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Located in Gracia, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia, Casa Mila, and Rambla de Catalunya. Casa Batllo and Hospital Clinic ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Wonderful stay
"Wow, what a fantastic stay and service"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020

Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Aparthotel BCN Montjuic
Aparthotel BCN Montjuic
3 out of 5
Carrer de Sant Fructuos, 64-74, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $119 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poble Espanyol and Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Camp Nou and La Rambla are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (294 reviews)
"Very nice and helpfull staff. Hotel is new , modern and clean."

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

Aparthotel BCN Montjuic
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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