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

Gothic Quarter

Known for Cathedrals, Shopping, Architecture

4.5/5(2,198 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.

Eixample
Eixample showing street scenes and outdoor eating as well as a small group of people

Eixample

Known for Architecture, Culture, Cathedrals

4.5/5(3,207 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.

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia showing outdoor art and street scenes as well as a small group of people

La Sagrada Familia

Known for Cathedrals, Churches, Architecture

Walk in Gaudí’s footsteps by visiting his breathtaking temple, an impressive labor of love that started in the late 19th century and is still ongoing today. 

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

Gracia

Known for Architecture, Culture, Cafes

4.5/5(264 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.

Barceloneta
Barceloneta

Barceloneta

Known for Beaches, Sea, Architecture

4.5/5(89 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.

Ciutat Vella
Maritime Museum featuring heritage elements and interior views

Ciutat Vella

Known for Architecture, Cathedrals, Shopping

4.5/5(152 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.

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
¥9,215
per night
Nov 23 - Nov 24

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! (6,631 reviews)

"Free shuttle to and from airport, comfortable bed, great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Barcelona Airport Hotel
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Hotel Barcelona Universal
4 out of 5
Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona, Barcelona
¥7,989
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

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! (8,940 reviews)

"Everyone friendly, hotel lovely and clean, superb breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Hotel Barcelona Universal
H10 Madison
H10 Madison
4.5 out of 5
C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
¥13,083
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. La Rambla and Placa de Catalunya are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (923 reviews)

"Very safe to law enforcement area. Close to metro subway station. Close to central area."…"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

H10 Madison

Popular things to do in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(4,077 reviews)

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

Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo

4.5/5(2,123 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.

Palau de la Musica Catalana
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Palau de la Musica Catalana

4.5/5(838 reviews)

This concert hall is an awe-inspiring example of modernist architecture. Tour the building or get in early for tickets to a performance.

Montserrat Monastery
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Montserrat Monastery

4.5/5(922 reviews)

Montserrat Monastery is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Monistrol de Montserrat. Discover the area's mountain views and seek out the golf courses.

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4.5/5(3,879 reviews)

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

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(2,413 reviews)

This popular Barcelona meeting point connects the old city with the new and is famous for its shopping, monuments and festival celebrations.

Top activities in Barcelona

Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

¥3,624

A city of ground-breaking art, architecture, and style, Barcelona—Catalonia's cosmopolitan capital—is a treasure trove of sights and sounds. Explore this vibrant seaside metropolis on a double-decker bus to tour at your own pace, setting your own itinerary and hopping on and off as you please.

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

¥4,694

Soaring skyward in the heart of Barcelona, the Sagrada Famíla—Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece—is an awe-inspiring place of worship. Bypass the long lines outside this icon of the city to step inside the light-filled interior, learning about the fascinating past and ambitious future of this modernist marvel.

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)

¥3,731

Football fervor hits a fever pitch in Barcelona, where the passion of the fans is almost as famous as the team itself. Set foot in Camp Nou—Spain's largest stadium—to experience the locker rooms, tunnel, and team museum firsthand.

Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour
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Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour

¥4,935

Still unfinished over 100 years after its construction began, La Sagrada Família is unlike any other church you've visited. On a guided tour of this architectural wonder, witness the ornate towers and multifaceted exterior before skipping the long lines and venturing inside to learn about the basilica's complex history.

Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic
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Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Bus Turistic

¥3,611

Bounce around Barcelona at your own pace with this convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Take in the Catalonian capitol's Gaudi-filled streets, visit the city's famous monuments and architectural wonders, and enjoy discounts to area attractions and local businesses along the way.

Picasso Museum and Gothic Quarter small group Tour
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Picasso Museum and Gothic Quarter small group Tour

¥13,456

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Museu Picasso, Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona Spain Your tour will start in front of the Picasso Museum, where you will meet the guide who will take you to the discovery of this incredible museum.

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