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Barcelona
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Barcelona

H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $106 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

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! (982 reviews)

"Super séjour, accueil au top, magnifique hôtel. Je recommande !!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2020

H10 Cubik
Negresco Princess
Negresco Princess
4.5 out of 5
Roger de Lluria, 16-18, Barcelona
The price is CA $93 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,049 reviews)
Geat Hotel

"Lovely hotel with excellent friendly staff. Roof terrace is great to have a drink after a long day. Will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 7, 2020

Negresco Princess
Barceló Sants
Barceló Sants
4 out of 5
Plaza Dels Paisos Catalans S/n, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $93 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc and Venetian Towers. Sants Station is only a 2-minute walk and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (980 reviews)
Best stay

"One of the best hotels we have stayed in. Will definitely go back for a longer stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2020

Barceló Sants
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.

Vacation Rentals in Barcelona

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $82 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (773 reviews)

"Self contained units with all necessities at your disposal. Nice decor. Good wifi"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2020

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Arai Aparthotel
Arai Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Avinyó, 30, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $215 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (774 reviews)

"Great location and beautiful rooms!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 10, 2020

Arai Aparthotel
Aparthotel Atenea
Aparthotel Atenea
4 out of 5
Joan Guell 207-211, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is CA $94 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Les Corts, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of L’Illa Diagonal Mall and Camp Nou. Placa d'Espanya and Arenas de Barcelona are also within 2 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (851 reviews)
Great stopover

"Clean and very comfy."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2020

Aparthotel Atenea
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.

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

Top things to do in Barcelona

Reviews of Barcelona

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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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