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Whether you come for a short break or stay for a month, Barcelona is one of those special places that will remain in your heart for a long time.

This area of Catalonia has a population of approximately 1,600,000 people.

Madrid, the national capital, is 310 miles west of Barcelona, while Badia del Vallès lies 9 miles to the north.

Of course, the most famed attraction in this city is Sagrada Familia. Head here first and start your getaway with a bang!

Tibidabo Amusement Park and Illa Fantasia are wonderful places to spend some time with the kids. Want more? The Film Archive of Catalonia and the Barcelona Wax Museum will ensure the good times keep on coming.

Barcelona Aquarium and L’Aquàrium offer curious tourists the chance to see the marvelous world of aquatic animals and plants.

If you love learning about animals, the Barcelona Zoo and the Cim d'Aligues are highly recommended. Together with the Zoo de Barcelona, you and the family are certain to have an amazing zoological adventure.

The area's vineyards sure know how to dazzle the senses. Meet the dedicated vintners, sample the latest vintage and enjoy a great day out at the Cava Blancher and the Albert I Noya. Afterwards, if you have sufficient time, also think about the Cava Recaredo Winery or the Albert I Noya.

After a bit of excitement? Try your luck at the Casino Barcelona, a fun-filled venue where the action never stops.

From budding botanists to casual gardeners, everyone is sure to love the plant species on display at the Barcelona Botanic Garden. Many people also like to take a leisurely stroll around the Jardí Botànic and L'Hivernacle.

Pack a picnic hamper and relax for while in the quiet, green surroundings of Park Guell and Parc de la Ciutadella. You'll also find plenty of space to laze about at Joan Miro Park and Parc de la Creueta del Coll.

If you're in the mood for strolling along a shoreline, watching the seabirds or just laying back by the water's edge, make your way to Barceloneta Beach or Mar Bella Beach. You could also test the water temperature out at Bogatell Beach and Nova Icaria Beach.

See Mother Nature's gifts year-round at Montjuic and Coves del Salnitre. Your body and soul will be grateful for a visit to Montjuïc.

See the world from a different perspective with a visit to one of the area's well-curated cultural spaces. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the collections at the Poble Espanyol and the Chocolate Museum. The Museu de la Musica and the Museu del Calcat are also worth considering.

Enjoy old ship models and other interesting artifacts as you navigate through the exhibition spaces at the Maritime Museum.

Science enthusiasts will love the wide range of science gadgets and displays at the CosmoCaixa, Fabra Observatory or the Museu de Ciències Naturals.

You may think of natural museums as a place to take the children, but the curious collections of the Museu Blau and the Natural Sciences Museum show that there's a good deal to keep the adults busy too. The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia and the Catalan Ethnographical Museum are also not to be missed.

Expand your knowledge of the artistic drive, and maybe even pick up something to take back home at one of the area's numerous gallery spaces. Stop by the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the Picasso Museum and see the best of what this creative destination has to offer. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left in the tank, finish up your day at the Joan Miro Foundation and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.

History buffs can rediscover the past at the Barcelona History Museum and the Barcelona Egyptian Museum. Do you like the sound of those? There's even more to be seen at the History Museum of Catalunya and the L'Enrajolada - Santacana House Museum.

Wander back through the ages with a trip to the Casa Batllo and the Arc de Triomf, just a couple of the preserved historic sites here. When it comes to bygone times, there's always more to discover. The University of Barcelona and the Casa Vicens are also great places to stop by.

When it came to designing Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya and The Constable's House, you'll see that money must not have been an issue. You might also like to explore the well-maintained gardens and seek out some stories at Virreina Palace and Baro de Quadras Palace.

After spending some time at Montjuic Castle or Castelldefels Castle, you just might feel like you're back in the days of knights in shining armor! Castle of Corbera de Llobregat and Castle of the Three Dragons are two more formidable historic monuments.

The spiritual side of the region can be experienced at Barcelona Cathedral and Monastery of Pedralbes. Church of the Sacred Heart and Sant Pau del Camp are two more intriguing holy sites.

After you've checked out the major attractions in Barcelona, be sure to stop by some of its lesser-known gems. Port Vell and Port Olimpic are a couple of worthwhile options. If you have more time to spare, also think about visiting the Mercat de les Flors and Rambla del Raval.

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Barcelona Airport Hotel

Barcelona Airport Hotel

Plaza de la Volateria, 3, El Prat de Llobregat
of 5, from 3,609 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Fira Barcelona, Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Placa d'Espanya and Magic Fountain of Montjuic are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Arc la Rambla

Arc la Rambla

La Rambla 19, Barcelona
of 5, from 1,952 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in La Rambla, this hotel is steps away from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Placa Reial are also within 5 minutes.

MH Apartments Barcelona

MH Apartments Barcelona

Carrer Viladomat, 162, Barcelona
of 5, from 724 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eixample, this apartment is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hospital Clinic, Casa Batllo and Placa d'Espanya. Magic Fountain of Montjuic and Casa Mila are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Barceló Raval

Barceló Raval

Rambla del Raval, 17-21, Barcelona
of 5, from 3,193 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is steps away from Rambla del Raval and Raval Cat. Boqueria Market and Las Ramblas are also within 10 minutes.

Hotel Barcelona Universal

Hotel Barcelona Universal

Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona
of 5, from 7,133 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sant Pau del Camp, Refugi 307 and Rambla del Raval. Raval Cat and Columbus Monument are also within 15 minutes.

The Gates Diagonal Barcelona

The Gates Diagonal Barcelona

Avinguda Diagonal 205, Barcelona
of 5, from 283 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia and Arc de Triomf. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Casa Batllo are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only

Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only

Aribau 33, Barcelona
of 5, from 1,772 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Eixample, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Barcelona and Casa Batllo. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Placa de Catalunya are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Vincci Bit

Vincci Bit

Carrer de Josep Pla, 69, Barcelona
of 5, from 1,022 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parc del Forum and Mar Bella Beach. Sagrada Familia and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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