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Barcelona
Travel Guide

Barceloneta Beach which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes

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

W Barcelona
W Barcelona
5 out of 5
Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona
The price is ¥31,287 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (988 reviews)
"Unique views of Barcelona, highly recommended property. Well equipped room and very comfortable. Staff very helpful and friendly. Would have loved some more toiletries in room."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

W Barcelona
Barceló Sants
Barceló Sants
4 out of 5
Plaza Dels Paisos Catalans S/n, Barcelona
The price is ¥8,296 per night from May 6 to May 7
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Venetian Towers and Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc. Sants Station is only a 2-minute walk and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (980 reviews)
Best stay
"One of the best hotels we have stayed in. Will definitely go back for a longer stay."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Barceló Sants
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona
5 out of 5
Marina 19–21, Barcelona
The price is ¥30,244 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Barceloneta, this luxury hotel is steps from Casino Barcelona and Port Olimpic. Barceloneta Beach and Bogatell Beach are also within 15 minutes. Ciutadella-Vila ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Great hotel lovely views from seafront room breakfast food was nice but under staffed so service could have been better. The gym is well equipped and the staff were very helpful."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Hotel Arts 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.
Aparthotel Atenea Valles
Aparthotel Atenea Valles
4 out of 5
Magallanes/Aragón s/n, Granollers
The price is ¥7,999 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
This family-friendly Granollers aparthotel is located in a shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of L'Adoberia Historical Interpretation Center, Granollers ...
4.2/5Excellent! (528 reviews)
Modern and comfortable stay at the heart of Catala
"Generally speaking this was a refreshing experience after my 3 one night stays through Germany and France. The superior room I was given was more spacious than the photos said. It was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped even though I did not use it on my single night stay. Even ..."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

Aparthotel Atenea Valles
Duquesa Suites
Duquesa Suites
4 out of 5
Pla??a Antonio López 5, Barcelona
The price is ¥13,653 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
This family-friendly Barcelona aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Pompeu Fabra University and Port Vell. La Rambla and Barcelona Cathedral ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (542 reviews)
"The staff are excellent. They had free tea and coffee on the terrace"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Duquesa Suites
Masd Mediterráneo
Masd Mediterráneo
4 out of 5
Passeig Maritim 50, Carrer Disset 3, Castelldefels
The price is ¥9,600 per night from May 4 to May 5
Located in Castelldefels, this beachfront aparthotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Castelldefels Beach and British School of Barcelona. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (402 reviews)
"Hotel was nice and spacious. It has heated pool and spa which my husband enjoyed. It is close the coast. There are few restaurants by the coast which walking distance. It was nice to stay in a quiet place after running around in crowded cities."

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Masd Mediterráneo
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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