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Barcelona
Travel Guide

Barceloneta Beach showing night scenes, street scenes and a city

Modernist art and Gothic architecture create a stunning backdrop in the Catalan capital, where sublime food and a sophisticated nightlife scene await.

The capital of Catalonia is uniquely diverse. Each district tells a story, making the urge to explore unavoidable. On short visits, a bus tour is an excellent way to see the sights, but many can be seen on foot.

The top of the city’s most famous and shamelessly commercial street, La Rambla, is a good starting point when walking. Running 1.2 kilometres from the city to the sea, from here, plot a course throughout the kaleidoscopic city.

Turn off La Rambla to explore the winding streets and secluded squares of the medieval Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, where history and modernity live side-by-side. Walk the picturesque Passeig del Born, and enjoy the 14th and 15th century marvels such as the Santa Maria del Mar Church.

To sample the regional delicacies, venture from La Rambla, to the Boqueria, Cataluña’s largest and most vibrant food market. Experience a sensory overload from the stunning displays of produce and marketplace bustle. Many visitors to Barcelona make a pilgrimage for the modernist architectural works of Antoni Gaudí.

The spectacular Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) church draws the greatest crowd and has become a symbol of the city. See where Gaudí’s work stopped and successors continued and, if you have a head forheights, climb the towers for a closer look. Allow two hours to visit and beat the queues by buying advance tickets. Park Güell is another display of Gaudi’s imaginative work on a grand scale. Set over 42 acres (17 hectares), this remarkable hillside public park, combines nature and modern design. The park entrance is a steep 20 minute hike from the Metro, so take a taxi or bus if this isn’t manageable. Admission is free. With many attractions in one place, the hill of Montjüic is a popular tourist spot. Travel by cable car or public transport for the National Palace, Museum of Catalan Art, Montjüic Castle and the Olympic Stadium. Descend from a day of touring for the free evening Magic Fountain illuminations show at Plaça Espanyol. Catalan cuisine is historically influenced and extremely varied. Barcelona’s fortunate location benefits from the finest local produce from the surrounding sea and mountains with excellent seafood, fish, meats and cheeses. Enjoy tapas with a ‘caña,’ (draught beer) or glass of Cava (regional bubbly). Personalise your break to Barcelona. Football fans can catch the local team Barça (FC Barcelona) at their home ground, Barcelona Stadium, or simply take a tour and visit its museum. Music fans might appreciate the music festivals - Sonar and Primavera Sound; and fashionistas will lap up the excellent shopping areas. Rest assured, you won’t be bored in Barcelona.

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Where to stay in Barcelona

Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
The price is £107 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Gothic Quarter, this spa hotel is steps away from Placa del Rei and Barcelona Cathedral. Palau de la Musica Catalana and La Rambla are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)
"Perfect location! Walking distance to many of the best attractions in Barcelona. The hotel staff was wonderful. The rooms were clean and fully stocked with toiletries, coffee/tee and Mini bar. A sangria at the roof top bar is a must. The views are amazing."

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Hotel Colón Barcelona
H10 Madison
H10 Madison
4.5 out of 5
C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £113 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,027 reviews)
"Perfect location and great service and best staff"

Reviewed on 20 May 2021

H10 Madison
H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £117 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Passeig de Gracia, and Placa de Catalunya. El Corte Ingles ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"Great location to major attractions and food choices. Also very quiet for a good night sleep. Staff are friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2021

H10 Cubik
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
3 out of 5
Avenida Diagonal, 578, principal, Barcelona
The price is £58 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. La Rambla and Sagrada Familia are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...
4.3/5Excellent! (153 reviews)
"It is an excellent location. The staff were very responsive. Easy to check in and the apartments provided information about airport pickup. Couple of things to keep in mind if you are traveling with a family of 4 like we did. An extra roll away bed will cost you 36 Euros/day. Wi Fi is a little slow ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2019

Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
3 out of 5
Passeig de Gracia, 115, Barcelona
The price is £83 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in Gracia, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia, Casa Mila and Rambla de Catalunya. Casa Batllo and Hospital Clinic ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Wonderful stay
"Wow, what a fantastic stay and service"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Click&Flat Europa Fira Apartments
Click&Flat Europa Fira Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Enric Morera , 5, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Located in El Port, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Camp Nou and Poble Espanyol are also within 2 miles ...
4/5Very Good! (41 reviews)
Nice apartment in a nice neighbourhood
"The overall rating for our stay is very good. The apartment is in a nice neighbourhood with big supermarkets, nice restaurants and metro station nearby. The apartment has three bed rooms which served our needs as we are a family of four. Kitchen is well furnished even for Asian cooking. Plus point ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2019

Click&Flat Europa Fira Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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