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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

Top hotels in Barcelona

H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is £71 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec

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! (978 reviews)

"Super séjour, accueil au top, magnifique hôtel. Je recommande !!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

H10 Cubik
Claris Hotel & Spa GL
Claris Hotel & Spa GL
5 out of 5
Pau Claris, 150, Barcelona, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £122 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec

Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia and Casa Batllo. Casa Mila and Rambla de Catalunya are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (986 reviews)

"Wonderful stay in the heart of Barcelona. Hotel is spotless and the service is impeccable. Will return..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Claris Hotel & Spa GL
Eurostars Grand Marina
Eurostars Grand Marina
5 out of 5
Moll De Barcelona S/n, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is £104 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec

Located in Ciutat Vella, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Rambla and Maritime Museum. Palau Guell and Port Vell are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"A nice but dated hotel in the marina. A short walk to shops and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

Eurostars Grand Marina
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Barcelona

Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
3.5 out of 5
61 Carrer de Sant Miquel, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
The price is £123 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in Barceloneta, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of San Sebastian Beach and Barceloneta Beach. Port Vell and Barcelona Aquarium are ...

4/5Very Good! (38 reviews)
Good times in Barcelonita

"Great location, great food nearby, super market and taxis available!!!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2019

Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
Arai Aparthotel
Arai Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Avinyó, 30, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is £93 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec

Located in Gothic Quarter, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of La Rambla and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Palau Guell and Barcelona Cathedral are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (774 reviews)

"Great location and beautiful rooms!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Arai Aparthotel
Hesperia Fira Suites
Hesperia Fira Suites
5 out of 5
Mare de Deu de Bellvitge 3, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
The price is £69 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Fira Barcelona and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Camp Nou. Gran Via 2 and RCDE Stadium are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (903 reviews)
Great stay but...

"The website should disclose that the suites are in a separate building and in order to use Hotel facilities (pictured in the hotel website and hotels.com) guests have to pay extra. This is not fun to find out."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Hesperia Fira Suites
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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Reviews of Barcelona

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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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