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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.

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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

Hotel SB Plaza Europa
Hotel SB Plaza Europa
4 out of 5
Calle Ciències 11-13, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Poble Espanyol and Placa d'Espanya are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,352 reviews)

"The Murphy beds were worn in inclined so you rolled towards to floor."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Hotel SB Plaza Europa
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
1 out of 5
Carrer de Llacuna 32, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is ¥4,130 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Located in Poblenou, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bogatell Beach and Mar Bella Beach. Barcelona Zoo and Torre Glòries are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

3.9/5Good! (969 reviews)

"Location was excellent with bars , restaurants and supermarket on doorstep"…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is ¥6,171 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

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! (1,510 reviews)

"Great location and rooms were comfortable. Igor was great at check-in as was the rest of the staff throughout our stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Arc la Rambla
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.

Vacation Rentals in Barcelona

Camping 3 Estrellas
Camping 3 Estrellas
2 out of 5
C-31, km 186, Gava, Barcelona
The price is ¥2,855 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

Offering direct access to the beach, this Gava campground is in a regional park, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Castelldefels Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Placa ...

3.8/5Good! (490 reviews)

"I had a great time. Everything was perfect. I loved the communication."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Camping 3 Estrellas
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is ¥7,369 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Sant Marti, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museu de la Musica and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. Torre Glòries and Arc de Triomf are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (759 reviews)

"This property was amazing. I loved the fact parking was included. A huge plus was the fact the bedroom closed since I wake up earlier than my boyfriend. So I was able to make breakfast each morning without waking him. The rooms were insanely clean. The only small complaints are the beds are on wheels. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
SLEEP Fira by STAY
SLEEP Fira by STAY
3.5 out of 5
Calle Valencia 32-34, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is ¥4,434 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17

Located in Eixample, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Arenas de Barcelona and Placa d'Espanya. Poble Espanyol and Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc ...

3.8/5Good! (21 reviews)

"The room was dirty and the bathroom had black mold growing on the tile. It smelled bad, like mold upon arrival. The beds are TERRIBLE!!! Worse than Asia! It’s just like sleeping concrete for nights on end... It wrecks you!!! Then to top it off you have to buy your own toilet paper! The neighborhood ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2019

SLEEP Fira by STAY
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.

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

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

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

Catch an event at Camp Nou during your trip to Barcelona. Discover the area's great live music and churches.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

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

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

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

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

¥15,892
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Fast Track: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
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Fast Track: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour

¥6,160
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch
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Montserrat Monastery Tickets with Transport Pass & Lunch

¥6,517
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
La Pedrera Essencial
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La Pedrera Essencial

¥2,957
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide
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Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide

¥3,080
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Costa Brava Small Group Hiking Tour from Barcelona
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Costa Brava Small Group Hiking Tour from Barcelona

¥13,778
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Cities near Barcelona

Granollers showing street scenes as well as a large group of people

Granollers

Caldes de Montbui

Caldes de Montbui

Castelldefels

Castelldefels

Sitges which includes rugged coastline and heritage architecture

Sitges