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Visit Barcelona

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!(2,363 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 Gran Teatre del Liceu, 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!(3,446 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 Casa Mila, 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!(283 area reviews)

Architecture, cafés, 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
Barceloneta

Barceloneta

4.5/5Wonderful!(96 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 Casino Barcelona while you're exploring the neighborhood.

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

El Born

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Picasso Museum or Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Barceloneta Station to get around town.

El Born
Maritime Museum featuring heritage elements and interior views

Ciutat Vella

4.5/5Wonderful!(167 area reviews)

Port Vell and Barcelona Aquarium are a few top attractions in Ciutat Vella. Hop around the city on the metro at Barceloneta Station or Drassanes Station and check out the area's stunning cathedral, captivating waterfront views, and popular shops.

Ciutat Vella

Top Hotels in Barcelona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Barcelona Airport Hotel
Barcelona Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Plaza de la Volateria, 3, Poligono Mas Blau, El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona
¥9,091
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fira Barcelona, Gran Via 2, and RCDE Stadium. Placa d'Espanya and Poble Espanyol are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (6,922 reviews)

"We only stayed here one night to catch our plane back to the states. It was an easy walk to the Metro so we were able to spend one more afternoon in Barcelona. The hotel shuttle was easy to catch. This is a great hotel for staying the night before flying to your next destination."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Barcelona Airport Hotel
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Hotel Barcelona Universal
4 out of 5
Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona, Barcelona
¥5,990
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6

Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sant Pau del Camp, Refugi 307, and Raval Cat. Columbus Monument and Joan Miro Foundation are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (9,146 reviews)

"The staff, from Check In to Check out, were first class - helping my family with difficulties they faced following my fall that resulted in a stay in hospital. Their experience of the buffet breakfast and Afternoon Tea was excellent. We will definitely return."…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Hotel Barcelona Universal
Hotel SB Plaza Europa
Hotel SB Plaza Europa
4 out of 5
Calle Ciències 11-13, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
¥7,558
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,902 reviews)

"Just perfect! Very fair price, better than Airbnb. All staff were friendly. It was a pleasure my staying there"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Hotel SB Plaza Europa

Popular things to do in Barcelona

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4.5/5(4,073 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(4,275 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(823 reviews)

Catch an event at Camp Nou during your trip to Barcelona. Add the area's shops or churches to your travel plans.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(2,562 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(2,558 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(1,812 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 activities in Barcelona

Barcelona Card: 70+ Discounts on Attractions, Tours & Entertainment
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Barcelona Card: 70+ Discounts on Attractions, Tours & Entertainment

¥5,549

Explore the city at your own pace with the Barcelona card. Enjoy unlimited use of public transportation, see the best of Gaudí’s architecture, and visit some of the Catalan capital's finest museums.

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

¥5,863

Visit the most important landmark in the city of Barcelona. Admire Gaudi’s mastery and make sure not to miss out on the rich symbolism of his works. Learn about the history and significance of Sagrada Familia by the hand of your local guide.

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

¥3,664

Explore the city in comfort aboard one of our double-decker buses. Discover Barcelona in detail with a single ticket. Hop-on and hop-off our buses as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace.

Camp Nou Tour: F.C. Barcelona Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)
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Camp Nou Tour: F.C. Barcelona Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)

¥4,031

Remember to exchange your voucher for the tickets at the Julià Travel office in Balmes Street number 5 before heading to the stadium. Home to FC Barcelona, this visit will not leave any soccer – or football – fan indifferent.

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

¥15,827

Venture beyond the borders of Catalonia for an only-in-Europe experience—visiting 3 different countries in a single day. Roam medieval lanes in a sleepy Spanish village, soak your feet in the natural springs of an ancient thermal spa town in France, and discover the capital of the jewel-like country of Andorra.

Montserrat Half-Day Excursion from Barcelona
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Montserrat Half-Day Excursion from Barcelona

¥6,718

Leave our office in central Barcelona on an air-conditioned coach towards Montserrat. After a 1h drive on the highway, board the cog-wheel train up the mountain and enjoy the amazing views over the area.

Reviews of Barcelona

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.6441620333598%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 24.686258935663226%
3 - Okay
185
3 - Okay 2.9388403494837174%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5083399523431295%
1 - Terrible
14
1 - Terrible 0.22239872915011913%

5/5 - Excellent

Kim

Jan 25, 2020

Shop and dine with the locals. Skip the tourist stuff of La Rambla!!

4/5 - Good

Cruiser

Jan 25, 2020

There is a lot to see in Barcelona. Time of year is also a factor of what there is to see and do. There are buses, metro, and taxis to get around town with. Taxis are the more expensive way of travel.

5/5 - Excellent

guadalupe

Jan 24, 2020

We love the city I’m thinking go back soon I can

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 23, 2020

Food is good. People are friendly. Lots to see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

Barcelona is beautiful. We took a 7 night sailing with MSc. I would recommend Barcelona to anyone who would prefer to stay away from this hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Excelent place to relax.

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