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BarcelonaSpain

Spain’s second-largest city is blessed with striking architecture, world-class museums and streets filled with the aromas and rhythms of Catalonia.

The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a beachside metropolis city of 2.5 million residents. The city’s winding streets are lined with tapas bars, and traditional dancers entertain onlookers in the city’s squares. The influence of modernist architect Antoni Gaudi is everywhere, from hillside parks to public buildings.

Forget about driving in Barcelona. Get around on the metro system, bus lines or bicycle. Better still, pack some comfortable shoes; this city was made for walking, the nicest way to take in the city’s many sights, sounds and flavors.

Wander the streets of Las Ramblas, in the heart of the city. The main boulevard runs from Placa de Catalunya Square in the north, down to the port. Restaurants, flower stalls and souvenir shops line the footpaths. Street performers entertain families during the day and revelers fill the bars well into the night.

Explore the Gothic District, to the north of Las Ramblas. Here you’ll find the 14th-century Barcelona Cathedral, which houses the remains of the city’s co-patron saint, Eulalia of Barcelona.

Ride a cable car to the top of Montjuic, a commanding hill near the city center, and spend a day exploring the many attractions. Cool off by the Magic Fountain (Font Magica), which stands before the neo-baroque National Palace (Palau National) before enjoying the traditional arts and cuisine of the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village).

Gaudi’s fanciful buildings are a Barcelona highlight and can be explored in chronological order. Start at his first house, Casa Vicens, before finishing at his final masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. Don’t miss Park Guell, which features a mosaic terrace with views of the city and harbor.

Barcelona is home to more than 50 museums. Discover the childhood drawings of Spain’s greatest artist at the Picasso Museum, then set sail for the Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim) in the historic 14th-century dockyards.

Families are well catered to in Barcelona. Spend a day on the beach with locals, or experience life beneath the waves at the Barcelona Aquarium. In the evening enjoy Catalan music at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, before heading out into streets and plazas to experience the atmosphere of Barcelona in the evening.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Gothic Quarter which includes a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Gothic Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,488 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 showing street scenes and outdoor eating as well as a small group of people

Eixample

4.5/5Wonderful!(3,576 area reviews)

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

Eixample
Gracia featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

Gracia

4.5/5Wonderful!(298 area reviews)

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

Gracia
La Ribera which includes outdoor eating, heritage elements and a city

El Born

The ample dining options and fascinating museums are just a few popular features of the neighborhood. 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

Barceloneta

4.5/5Wonderful!(97 area reviews)

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

Barceloneta
Boqueria Market featuring street scenes as well as a large group of people

El Raval

4/5Very Good!(955 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in El Raval. Check out top attractions like Palau Guell and Boqueria Market, and jump on the metro at Parc de Montjuic Station or Paral-lel Station to see more of the city.

El Raval

Top Hotels in Barcelona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Negresco Princess
Negresco Princess
4.5 out of 5
Roger de Lluria, 16-18, Barcelona
The price is ¥12,613 per night

Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casa Calvet, Teatre Museu El Rei de la Magia, and Tivoli Theatre. Espai Volart and Jardines ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,284 reviews)

"This is my 2nd time and I would like to stay again in this hotel when I am back in Barcelona. Great location and very nice staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Negresco Princess
Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is ¥8,408 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,595 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Arc la Rambla
Hotel Barcelona Princess
Hotel Barcelona Princess
4 out of 5
Avinguda Diagonal 1, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is ¥12,613 per night

Located in Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Barcelona International Convention Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,001 reviews)

"Was very nice hotel just a shame we had to check out early and lose one day"…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Hotel Barcelona Princess

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(4,395 reviews)

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

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4.5/5(4,186 reviews)

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

Camp Nou
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Camp Nou

4.5/5(867 reviews)

Catch an event at Camp Nou during your trip to Barcelona. Discover the area's fascinating museums and notable monuments.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(2,652 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(2,649 reviews)

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

Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo

4.5/5(2,296 reviews)

Gaudí designed this house for a family in the early 20th century and incorporated his signature elements into the design, including curved lines and bright colors.

Top things to do in Barcelona

Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch
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Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch

¥6,240
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Small-Group 3 Countries in 1 Day - Spain, France & Andorra from Barcelona
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Small-Group 3 Countries in 1 Day - Spain, France & Andorra from Barcelona

¥15,691
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic
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Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic

¥3,539
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Medieval Vic & Pyrenees Mountains Small-Group Tour
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Medieval Vic & Pyrenees Mountains Small-Group Tour

¥12,042
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card
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Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card

¥1,923
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport
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Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport

¥6,286
Per adult

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