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La Rambla, 109; (entrance on the street, Barcelona 080024.0 out of 5.0
Formerly headquarters of the Philippine Tobacco Company, this stylish hotel is located in the city centre, on Barcelona's …
May Ramblas Barcelona
Carrer del Cardenal Casanyas, 8, Barcelona 080023.5 out of 5.0
Located in La Rambla, this hotel is steps from Las Ramblas and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Palau …
Hotel Colon Barcelona
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona 080024.0 out of 5.0
Overlooking Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter, this traditional hotel is a short walk from Plaza Catalunya, Las …
Hotel SERHS Rivoli Rambla
La Rambla 128, Barcelona 080024.0 out of 5.0
This grand Moderniste building on Las Ramblas Boulevard overlooks the Gothic Quarter and is a short walk from Barcelona's …
Mallorca, 269-271, Barcelona 080085.0 out of 5.0
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this luxury hotel is steps from Museu Egipci and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Placa de Catalunya …
Grand Hotel Central
Via Laietana 30, Barcelona 080035.0 out of 5.0
Located next to Barcelona’s Cathedral, the hotel has spectacular views over the Gothic district and the ancient city walls. …
Cosmo Apartments Rambla de Catalunya
Rambla Catalunya 46, Barcelona 080074.0 out of 5.0
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this apartment is steps from Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo. Placa de Catalunya and Casa Mila …
Roger de Lluria, 16-18, Barcelona 080104.5 out of 5.0
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Calvet, Palau de la Musica Catalana, an …
Hotel DO Plaça Reial
Plaça Reial 1, Barcelona 080025.0 out of 5.0
Hotel DO Plaça Reial occupies the northwestern edge of historic Plaza Real. Las Ramblas, a lively pedestrian thoroughfare, is …
The One Barcelona GL
Provenca 277, Barcelona 080375.0 out of 5.0
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Sagrada Familia and …
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).
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.