Barcelona

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Barceloneta Beach featuring street scenes, a city and night scenes

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

Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for a city break. It’s easy to be captivated by its charms the minute you set foot on its vibrant streets. And by foot is definitely the best way to explore this relatively flat, compact city, although there is an excellent public transport system to whisk you around efficiently to all the major sights.

One of Barcelona’s biggest draws is its world-famous architecture, crowned by the extraordinary buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí. The Sagrada Familia, his outstanding masterpiece, has become a worldwide symbol of the city. The fairytale towers of the basilica can be seen from all directions and offer wonderful panoramas from the top. Several of the lavish mansions he created for Barcelona’s high society are open to the public, including Palau Güell, built for his patron, who also lent his name to the weird and wonderful Park Güell, home of the famous mosaic-encrusted lizard fountain which has become one of Gaudí’s most recognisable images.

The main artery of the old town is Las Ramblas, a leafy pedestrian promenade lined with shops and restaurants which buzzes with life day and night. From here it’s easy to explore the Gothic Quarter, stopping to pay your respects to Saint Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona, in the atmospheric 14th-century Barcelona Cathedral.

Head to Port Vell, the old port, at the southern end of Las Ramblas and ride the cable car to Montjuïc. This airy country park offers a host of attractions, including the fascinating Poble Espanyol, a living museum of traditional Spanish architecture and cuisine.

Barcelona is a culture vulture’s dream come true. Check out priceless works of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century in the neo-Baroque Palau Nacional, or visit the Picasso Museum to view one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of paintings and sculptures by the legendary Spanish artist, who spent his childhood in the city. Book a ticket for a concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana and enjoy world-class music-making in this fabled modernist masterpiece, then head for the clubs and bars of the old town to keep the party going into the early hours.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona
The price is €68 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
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! (1,049 reviews)
"This hotel is so central. Perfect location."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2021

Arc la Rambla
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €160 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
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! (940 reviews)
"Great experience"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2021

Hotel Colón Barcelona
Barceló Sants
Barceló Sants
4 out of 5
Plaza Dels Paisos Catalans S/n, Barcelona
The price is €88 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
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! (952 reviews)
"being part of the train station was ideal (just needed to know it when in the train station and follow the 'H' signs. Pretty unique ambiance with the space mode."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2021

Barceló Sants
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Camping 3 Estrellas
Camping 3 Estrellas
2 out of 5
C-31, km 186, Gava, Barcelona
The price is €29 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
This family-friendly Gava campsite is located near the airport, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Castelldefels Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Placa d'Espanya and Magic ...
3.8/5Good! (510 reviews)
"The best camping ever. Next to the beach, nice restaurant with good prices. Clean and big baths. Quiet place for relaxing. Easy to get from Barcelona city center."

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2021

Camping 3 Estrellas
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 €94 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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 8 Sep 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 €94 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
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! (805 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 15 Sep 2021

Capri by Fraser 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.

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