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Spain’s colourful second city offers world-class culture, breathtaking architecture and delicious cuisine.

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

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is a destination travellers like for its churches, and you might hop aboard the metro at Sagrada Familia Station or Sant Pau Dos de Maig to explore sights like Sagrada Familia.

La Sagrada Familia
Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou

Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou

4/5Very Good!(131 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and popular shops are a few things travellers love about Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou. Check out Diagonal Mar Shopping Mall or Mar Bella Beach while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Selva de Mar Station to get around town.

Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou

Top hotels in Barcelona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel SB Plaza Europa
Hotel SB Plaza Europa
4 out of 5
Calle Ciències 11-13, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Poble Espanyol and Placa d'Espanya are also within 2 miles ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,396 reviews)

"The Murphy beds were worn in inclined so you rolled towards to floor."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Hotel SB Plaza Europa
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
1 out of 5
Carrer de Llacuna 32, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is €38 per night

Located in Poblenou, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bogatell Beach and Mar Bella Beach. Barcelona Zoo and Torre Glòries are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...

3.9/5Good! (976 reviews)

"Location was excellent with bars , restaurants and supermarket on doorstep"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is €55 per night

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! (1,548 reviews)

"Clean and modern rooms. Igor at the front desk was helpful with directions to local attractions."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Arc la Rambla

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(1,450 reviews)

Gaudí’s basilica in the center of Barcelona is an architectural marvel and offers views across the city from eight towering spires.

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4/5(1,643 reviews)

These lively pedestrian streets in the heart of Barcelona are filled with flower stalls, tapas restaurants and street performers. 

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(1,225 reviews)

This popular Barcelona meeting point connects the old city with the new and is famous for its shopping, monuments and festival celebrations.

Park Guell
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Park Guell

4.5/5(1,036 reviews)

Look out over the city from a Gaudí-designed terrace in this park in the city’s north.

Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo

4.5/5(637 reviews)

Gaudí designed this house for a family in the early 20th century and incorporated his signature elements into the design, including curved lines and bright colors.

Barceloneta Beach
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Barceloneta Beach

4.5/5(1,313 reviews)

The warm water of the Mediterranean Sea and aquatic sports, beach bars and nightlife combine to make this Barcelona’s most popular urban beach.

Top things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

€30
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card
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Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card

€16
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Camp Nou Tour: F.C. Barcelona Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)
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Camp Nou Tour: F.C. Barcelona Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)

€33
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour
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Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour

€49
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide
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Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide

€25
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport
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Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport

€52
Per adult

Reviews of Barcelona

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2173
5 - Excellent 69.49152542372882%
4 - Good
871
4 - Good 27.854173329069397%
3 - Okay
74
3 - Okay 2.36648544931244%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.1598976654940838%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.12791813239526703%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Apr 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Sue

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

Martin

17 Mar 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Steve

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

Granollers featuring street scenes as well as a large group of people

Granollers

Caldes de Montbui

Caldes de Montbui

Sitges featuring heritage architecture and rocky coastline

Sitges

Photo "Cabrera de Mar" by sito.rm (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Cabrera de Mar