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It's an area of Catalonia that some 1,600,000 people call home.
The national capital, Madrid, is 310 miles west of Barcelona, while Badia del Vallès lies 9 miles to the north.
Experiencing famous sights like Sagrada Familia is one of the best parts of travelling, so be sure not to pass up the opportunity!
Give the kids a break from sightseeing and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at Tibidabo Amusement Park and Illa Fantasia. For more fun with the family, continue on to the Film Archive of Catalonia and the Barcelona Wax Museum.
Gaze on in wonder as aquatic critters glide through the water at Barcelona Aquarium.
You'll be able to take heaps of photos of the carnivores and herbivores at the Barcelona Zoo and the Cim d'Aligues. Try to arrange a zookeeper presentation at the Zoo de Barcelona for a comprehensive zoological experience.
The region's wineries know how to delight the senses. Meet the passionate cellar masters, sample some expertly crafted wines and enjoy a fantastic day out at the Freixenet or Bodegas Codorniu. Ready for one or two more? The Cava Blancher and the Albert I Noya are favorites around here.
Feeling lucky? Take on the roulette wheel or just enjoy the high-stakes atmosphere at the Casino Barcelona.
You'll be amazed by the wide range of plants and flowers on display when you and your friends stop by the Barcelona Botanic Garden and Umbracle. Gardening enthusuasts should also wander around the Jardí Botànic and L'Hivernacle.
On a fine day, grab something for lunch and find a shady corner at one of the area's pleasant urban parks, such as Park Guell and Parc de la Ciutadella. Joan Miro Park and Parc de la Creueta del Coll are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon with a good book.
Looking for somewhere to spend a relaxing afternoon? Pack some supplies and head out to Barceloneta Beach or Mar Bella Beach for a great day outdoors. You could also splash around at Bogatell Beach and Nova Icaria Beach.
Need to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world? Head out on an adventure to Montjuic and Turo de la Rovira. Coves del Salnitre and Montjuïc are also highly recommended by nature-loving travellers.
The area's exhibition spaces are a treasure trove of fascinating tales and achievements. Barcelona Pavilion and the Poble Espanyol offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. Another two to look at are the Chocolate Museum and Joan Brossa Foundation.
Appreciate watercraft models and nautical artifacts as you navigate through the exhibition spaces at the Maritime Museum.
The whole family will appreciate the fascinating objects and models exhibited at the region's science museums. Begin your day of discovery at the CosmoCaixa or Fabra Observatory. The Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia and the Museu de Ciències Naturals are also great options to pay a visit to.
Some think of natural museums as a place to take the kids, but the curious collections at the Museu Blau and the Natural Sciences Museum prove that there's more than enough to keep the adults entertained as well. You should also check out the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia and the Catalan Ethnographical Museum.
A haven for art aficionados, this area is home to a range of gallery spaces in which amateur and professional artists regularly exhibit their work. Stop by the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the Picasso Museum for some great examples of what this creative city has to offer. The Joan Miro Foundation and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art are also well worth a browse if you can fit them in before dinner.
History comes alive at the Barcelona History Museum and the Barcelona Egyptian Museum thanks to their wide array of thoughtful exhibits. The History Museum of Catalunya and the L'Enrajolada - Santacana House Museum are also highly esteemed options.
The Casa Batllo and the Arc de Triomf are certainly worth paying a visit to, even if you're not that into history. More tales from the days of old are waiting for you at the University of Barcelona and the Casa Vicens.
Some of the area's most important families have called Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya and The Constable's House "home" over the years. Be sure to take a few photos as you take in their impressive architectural features and plush interiors. You might also like to explore the gardens and seek out some stories at Virreina Palace and Baro de Quadras Palace.
After a day at Montjuic Castle or Castelldefels Castle, you'll feel like you've traveled back to the days of knights and dames! For even more picturesque sights and age-old stories, head out and explore Castle of Corbera de Llobregat and Castle of the Three Dragons.
Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you're sure to have a nice time at Barcelona Cathedral and Monastery of Pedralbes. Montserrat Monastery and Church of the Sacred Heart are also intriguing holy places.
Once you've ticked off the major points of interest in and around Barcelona, make time to explore a few of its less well-known sights. Some great places to start with are the Mercat de les Flors and the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona. Also, consider checking out the Fran Daurel Foundation of Contemporary Art and Barcelona Bosc Urba if you've got the time.
If you're not sure where to hit the hay, browse our Barcelona hotel options. There are no less than 854 places to select from in this highly popular destination.
Kick-off the quest for a luxurious Barcelona base by checking out the rates and amenities at the Hotel Arts Barcelona, located at Marina 19-21, and the Ciutadella Park Apartments, at Carrer de Joan d'Austria, 51. The Mercer Hotel Barcelona, at Carrer del Lledo 7, and the Hostal Bcn 46, at C/ Roger de Llúria 46 are two more competitively priced options worth checking out if you're after somewhere that's a bit lighter on the wallet.
Sagrada Familia is a not-to-be-missed sight for those visiting Barcelona, and staying nearby can be a great way to fully appreciate it. The castro Exclusive Residences SPA Sagrada Familia can be found just 0.2 miles away. Another convenient option is the SF Apartments.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of RCDE Stadium, Fira Barcelona and Gran Via 2. Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museu Blau and Mar Bella Beach. Sagrada Familia and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 3 miles (5 km). El Maresme-Forum Station is only a 4-minute walk and Besos Mar Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Barceloneta, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, just steps away from San Sebastian Beach and Barceloneta Beach. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar are also within 2 miles (3 km). Barceloneta Station is 21 minutes by foot and Jaume I Station is 29 minutes.
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arenas de Barcelona and Placa d'Espanya. Magic Fountain of Montjuic and National Art Museum of Catalonia are also within 1 mile (2 km). Sants Station and Tarragona Metro Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in El Raval, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of La Rambla, Las Ramblas and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Palau Guell and Barcelona Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Liceu Station is only a 4-minute walk and Parc de Montjuic Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and Las Ramblas are also within 10 minutes. Jaume I Station is only a 4-minute walk and Liceu Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Placa d'Espanya and Magic Fountain of Montjuic are also within 2 miles (3 km). Ildefons Cerda Station is only a 5-minute walk and Europa - Fira Station is 11 minutes.