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BarcelonaSpain

Millions of visitors are drawn to this Mediterranean city for its world-class attractions, cultural heritage and favourable climate. Never boring, Barcelona has something for everyone, making it a year-round top destination.

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

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Gothic Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,039 area reviews)

Known for its stunning cathedral and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Gothic Quarter. Check out top attractions like La Rambla and Port Vell, and jump on the metro at Jaume I Station or Liceu Station to see more of the city.

Gothic Quarter
Eixample, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Eixample

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,463 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Eixample. Check out top attractions like Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, and jump on the metro at Passeig de Gracia Station or Diagonal Station to see more of the city.

Eixample
Gracia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Gracia

4.5/5Wonderful!(111 area reviews)

Architecture, cafes and shopping highlight some notable features of Gracia. Make a stop by Park Guell or Gaudi House Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Lesseps Station or Vallcarca Station to get around town.

Gracia
El Born, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

El Born

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are just a few top-rate features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Picasso Museum or Palau de la Musica Catalana while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Barceloneta Station to get around town.

El Born
Barceloneta, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barceloneta

4.5/5Wonderful!(44 area reviews)

Barceloneta is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, abundant dining options and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Barceloneta Beach or Casino Barcelona while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Barceloneta
Poblenou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Poblenou

4/5Very Good!(199 area reviews)

Enjoy the stunning beaches in Poblenou. Bogatell Beach is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Poblenou Station or Llacuna Station to see more of Barcelona.

Poblenou

Top hotels in Barcelona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona
5 out of 5
Marina 19–21, Barcelona, Barcelona

Located in Barceloneta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Casino Barcelona and Port Olimpic. Barceloneta Beach and Barcelona Zoo are also within 1 mile (2 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,084 reviews)
Fantastic

"Beautiful, comfortable, great service and location!!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Hotel Arts Barcelona
Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona, Barcelona

Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Gran Teatre del ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,737 reviews)

"Clean and modern rooms. Igor at the front desk was helpful with directions to local attractions."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Arc la Rambla
The Gates Diagonal Barcelona
The Gates Diagonal Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avinguda Diagonal 205, Barcelona, Barcelona

Located in Sant Marti, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Torre Glòries, Sagrada Familia and Hospital de Sant Pau. Barcelona Zoo and Palau de la Musica Catalana ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (661 reviews)

"The staff was friendly and hotel was updated/modern. The hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance to Metro & Tram stations which provide easy movement throughout the city. Overall, great experience."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

The Gates Diagonal Barcelona

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4/5(1,643 reviews)

These lively pedestrian streets in the heart of Barcelona are filled with flower stalls, tapas restaurants and street performers. 

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(1,450 reviews)

Gaudí’s basilica in the center of Barcelona is an architectural marvel and offers views across the city from eight towering spires.

Camp Nou
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Camp Nou

4.5/5(576 reviews)

Catch an event at Camp Nou during your trip to Barcelona.Discover the area's acclaimed theatre scene and shops.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(1,225 reviews)

This popular Barcelona meeting point connects the old city with the new and is famous for its shopping, monuments and festival celebrations.

Park Guell
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Park Guell

4.5/5(1,036 reviews)

Look out over the city from a Gaudí-designed terrace in this park in the city’s north.

Barceloneta Beach
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Barceloneta Beach

4.5/5(1,313 reviews)

The warm water of the Mediterranean Sea and aquatic sports, beach bars and nightlife combine to make this Barcelona’s most popular urban beach.

Top things to do in Barcelona

Fast Track: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
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Fast Track: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour

86% of travellers recommend
£45
Per adult
Montjuïc Cable Car Tickets
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Montjuïc Cable Car Tickets

84% of travellers recommend
£12
Per adult
Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card
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Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card

84% of travellers recommend
£14
Per adult
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

88% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch
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Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch

90% of travellers recommend
£46
Per adult
Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic
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Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic

86% of travellers recommend
£26
Per adult

Reviews of Barcelona

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.854173329069397%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.36648544931244%
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2 - Disappointing 0.1598976654940838%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.12791813239526703%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Apr 2020

Travelcards extremely good value to explore Barcelona and surrounding areas!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

Lovely buildings and sights - quite expensive sightseeing, so glad we went into Sagrada Familia - stunning!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Sue

26 Mar 2020

Fab architecture and hop on bus a must do to appreciate it all, and decide what to go and visit. Top tip get a 10 trip transport ticket to use bus and metro.

2/5 - Disappointing

Martin

17 Mar 2020

Total lock down morning after we arrived . No where open .

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

We were there in the middle of Coronavirus so not a good time to Judge the city

4/5 - Good

Steve

15 Mar 2020

Barcelona has something for everyone, attractions, beaches, restaurants and bars. The weather was fantastic whilst we were there. A very metropolitan city

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