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Barcelona Airport Hotel
Barcelona Airport Hotel

Plaza de la Volateria, 3, El Prat de Llobregat 08820

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4.1 out of 5 (2,731 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fira Barcelona, Casa Batllo, and Palau de la Musica Catalana. …

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Ayre Hotel Rosellon
Ayre Hotel Rosellon

C/ Rosellón 390, Barcelona 08025

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4.3 out of 5 (984 reviews)

Located in Downtown Barcelona, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital de Sant Pau, Sagrada Familia, and Casa Mila. Casa …

€116
W Barcelona
W Barcelona

Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona 08039

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4.4 out of 5 (731 reviews)

Located in Barceloneta, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Barceloneta Beach, Pala …

€245
Hotel Sagrada Familia
Hotel Sagrada Familia

Carrer de Corsega 541, Barcelona 08025

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (616 reviews)

Located in Eixample, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital de Sant Pau, Sagrada Familia, and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo an …

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Avenida Palace Hotel
Avenida Palace Hotel

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 605, Barcelona 08007

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4.2 out of 5 (1,571 reviews)

This hotel is within strolling distance of Barcelona's Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum, and the Museum of …

€91
Hotel 1898
Hotel 1898

La Rambla, 109; (entrance on the street, Barcelona 08002

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4.7 out of 5 (2,447 reviews)

Formerly headquarters of the Philippine Tobacco Company, this stylish hotel is located in the city centre, on Barcelona's …

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Generator Hostel Barcelona
Generator Hostel Barcelona

Carrer de Corsega, 377, Barcelona 08037

1.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (717 reviews)

Located in Gracia, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Palau Robert Home and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia …

€29
Andante Hotel
Andante Hotel

Avinguda de les Drassanes, 23-25, Barcelona 08001

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,173 reviews)

Located in Ciutat Vella, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palau Guell, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Las …

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Hotel Granvia
Hotel Granvia

Gran Via Corts Catalanes 642, Barcelona 08007

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (858 reviews)

Hotel Granvia is located on Gran Via between Paseo de Gracia and Plaza Cataluña, and is surrounded by some of Barcelona’s mos …

€117
Hotel Porta Fira
Hotel Porta Fira

Plaza Europa 45, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat 08908

4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (714 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fira Barcelona, Placa d'Espanya, and Magic …

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Pocket Guide: Barcelona

In every sense, Barcelona has become one of the hottest destinations in Spain. With its surreal architecture, designer boutiques, and contemporary cultural scene, this seaside city embodies a cosmopolitan vibe like no other. Cutting-edge performances take place in medieval quarters, and economic activity churns as people hit the beaches. Barcelona has a personality all of its own and despite being the most popular Spanish destination, its identity is quintessentially Catalonian.

Surrealist cityscapes

It won't take long before you run into an example of what sets Barcelona apart. The Modernist movement (Art Nouveau's Iberian manifestation) takes its most spectacular form in the city's fantastic architectural creations, most famously Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the gothic cathedral which has been under construction since 1882. Bike it or bus it around to discover the urban tableau. Or, head to Parc Güell for an original and interesting park that offers more than just green space.

The painter Joan Miró another Barcelona native. The Miro Foundation holds the largest collection of his work anywhere. The famed Picasso Museum is also a must, as is the Dalí Museum in nearby Figueres. Take a walk down Las Ramblas, Barcelona's tree-lined thoroughfare, and spend some time with the unique human statues, a surreal form of living art.

Catalonian identity

Regional differences in Spain are pronounced and Barcelona is fiercely proud of its Catalonian roots. Manifested most obviously by language, the Catalonian identity has a long history that can be traced back to the ninth century. Banned under Franco, the Catalan language now flourishes, and has undergone an astounding resurgence in recent years.

This independent spirit infuses the city with life. From tall castellars (human towers) at festivals to fusion cuisine to rival Paris or New York, Barcelona is a creative and vibrant metropolis with one eye on the Mediterranean and the other looking toward the hills (try the funicular up to Tibidabo hill).

Late nights and into the dawn

Barcelona comes to life after the sun goes down. The Barri Gótic is Barcelona's oldest section, but it's also home to some of the trendiest bars. Mix with the locals in the La Raval neighborhood, eat tapas at sunset, and go clubbing until dawn. It's all on the agenda in a city where midnight is just the start of the evening.

Your Barcelona city tour can take you to bullfights in the Gothic Quarter, to Europe's biggest football stadium, or to a flamenco show. Come in June for the Sonar Festival and experience electronic music beyond measure.

Since hosting the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona has seen revitalization that has never slowed. It's a vibrant mix with new hip addresses and old markets with fresh produce. Its depth and complexity befit the capital of Catalonia and at the break of dawn, it may feel like the capital of the world.