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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

W Barcelona
W Barcelona
5 out of 5
Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €255 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Located in Barceloneta, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Port Cable Car, Barceloneta Beach and Port Vell. Barcelona Aquarium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Unique views of Barcelona, highly recommended property. Well equipped room and very comfortable. Staff very helpful and friendly. Would have loved some more toiletries in room."

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

W Barcelona
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 €120 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,126 reviews)
"Great except I used Expedia which sucks and I will block ball youfor life . Your conduct during covid 19 had been sketchy and you have withheld refunds and lied repeatedly about changes in refund policy Never again !!!!"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2020

H10 Madison
Barceló Sants
Barceló Sants
4 out of 5
Plaza Dels Paisos Catalans S/n, Barcelona
The price is €70 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Venetian Towers and Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc. 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 25 Sep 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.
Duquesa Suites
Duquesa Suites
4 out of 5
Pla??a Antonio López 5, Barcelona
The price is €115 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
This family-friendly Barcelona aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Pompeu Fabra University and Port Vell. La Rambla and Barcelona Cathedral ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (542 reviews)
"The staff are excellent. They had free tea and coffee on the terrace"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Duquesa Suites
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona
The price is €74 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
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 25 Oct 2020

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Aparthotel Atenea Valles
Aparthotel Atenea Valles
4 out of 5
Magallanes/Aragón s/n, Granollers
The price is €68 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
This family-friendly Granollers aparthotel is located in the shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of L'Adoberia Historical Interpretation Center, Granollers ...
4.2/5Excellent! (528 reviews)
Modern and comfortable stay at the heart of Catala
"Generally speaking this was a refreshing experience after my 3 one night stays through Germany and France. The superior room I was given was more spacious than the photos said. It was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped even though I did not use it on my single night stay. Even ..."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

Aparthotel Atenea Valles
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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11 Apr 2020

Travelcards extremely good value to explore Barcelona and surrounding areas!!

4/5 - Good

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27 Mar 2020

Lovely buildings and sights - quite expensive sightseeing, so glad we went into Sagrada Familia - stunning!!!

5/5 - Excellent


26 Mar 2020

Fab architecture and hop on bus a must do to appreciate it all, and decide what to go and visit. Top tip get a 10 trip transport ticket to use bus and metro.

2/5 - Disappointing


17 Mar 2020

Total lock down morning after we arrived . No where open .

3/5 - Okay

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16 Mar 2020

We were there in the middle of Coronavirus so not a good time to Judge the city

4/5 - Good


15 Mar 2020

Barcelona has something for everyone, attractions, beaches, restaurants and bars. The weather was fantastic whilst we were there. A very metropolitan city