Barcelona

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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.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Hotel Porta Fira
Hotel Porta Fira
4.5 out of 5
Plaza Europa 45, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, 08908
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The price is £106 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the quiet rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (964 reviews)
"Cool building with decent rooms. Good stay."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Hotel Porta Fira
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona, 08002
The price is £219 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (945 reviews)
"Great hotel & location"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hotel Colón Barcelona
Barcelona Airport Hotel
Barcelona Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Plaza de la Volateria, 3, Poligono Mas Blau, El Prat de Llobregat, 08820
The price is £143 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in El Prat de Llobregat. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,528 reviews)
"They picked us up at the airport and the driver was very informative about questions we had."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Barcelona Airport Hotel
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Sonder Casa Luz
Sonder Casa Luz
3.5 out of 5
Ronda Universitat, 1, Barcelona, Barcelona, 08021
The price is £123 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a terrace. Popular attractions Placa de Catalunya and Casa Batllo are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (101 reviews)
"location was perfect and was clean without being generic"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Sonder Casa Luz
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona, 8018
The price is £164 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (881 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2022

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Camping 3 Estrellas
Camping 3 Estrellas
2 out of 5
C-31, km 186, Gava, Barcelona, 08850
Stay at this beach campsite in Gava. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (543 reviews)
"We rented a bungalow and it was clean, spacious, and all amenities worked. Having the beach 200 meters away was a plus. The grocery store, laundry and bar/restaraunt were all above average and added to our experience. The staff is friendly and competent."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Camping 3 Estrellas
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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