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Barcelona

Travel Guide
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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, 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

Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona
The price is ¥8,556 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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! (1,078 reviews)
"I recommend this place, it was very centric, a very good view and the staff was very kind, especially Igor, thanks for the great options!"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Arc la Rambla
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
The price is ¥17,671 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Gothic Quarter, this romantic hotel is steps from Placa del Rei and Barcelona Cathedral. Palau de la Musica Catalana and La Rambla are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (968 reviews)
"Very clean. You can’t beat the location."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Hotel Colón Barcelona
W Barcelona
W Barcelona
5 out of 5
Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona
The price is ¥31,752 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Barceloneta, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Port Cable Car, Barceloneta Beach, and Port Vell. Barcelona Aquarium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (961 reviews)
"service, cleanliness and amenities were superb. Cost and quality of food was subpar, especially knowing how amazing culinary culture is in spain"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

W Barcelona
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.
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona
The price is ¥10,014 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
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! (789 reviews)
"Exactly as the photos represented. Very clean, quiet and nicely furnished. The staff was extremely helpful. I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Camping 3 Estrellas
Camping 3 Estrellas
2 out of 5
C-31, km 186, Gava, Barcelona
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! (506 reviews)
"I had a great time. Everything was perfect. I loved the communication."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Camping 3 Estrellas
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Gran Vía Suites
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Gran Vía Suites
4 out of 5
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes, 454, Barcelona
The price is ¥14,737 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Located in Eixample, this boutique apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Arenas de Barcelona, Placa d'Espanya, and Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc. Magic ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,093 reviews)
"The suites are near everything and its comfortable and clean. I will stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Gran Vía 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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