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Located in Ciutat Vella, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Columbus Monument and Palau Guell. Gran Teatre del Liceu and Las Ramblas are also within ...
Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Las Ramblas and Basilica de Santa Maria ...
Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatre Poliorama, Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Gran Teatre ...
Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mercat del Born and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Arc de ...
Located in Dreta de l'Eixample, this luxury hotel is steps away from Cases Cabot and Casa Calvet. Teatre Museu El Rei de la Magia and Tivoli Theatre are also ...
Located in Ciutat Vella, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatre Poliorama, Las Ramblas, and Placa de Catalunya. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Gran ...
The second largest city in Spain, and capital of Catalonia, Barcelona has some of the best architecture in Europe, along with top museums, gorgeous hotels and authentic streets filled with the all the flavours and rhythms of Catalonia. In this seaside metropolis live 2.5 million people. The streets are full of tapas bars and grand squares where you’ll be entertained by traditional dancers and modern music alike. The influence of the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí can be seen everywhere, in the rolling parks, buildings and monuments.
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.
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).
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. Football fans are sure to love a visit to the Barcelona Stadium and Museum, and you can get your tickets right here with Expedia.
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.
For an alternative seaside destination, you can also check out our selection of hotels in Salou.