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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.

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!(3,572 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!(297 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
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 Casino Barcelona while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Barceloneta
Poblenou which includes markets

Poblenou

4.5/5Wonderful!(187 area reviews)

Enjoy the stunning beaches in Poblenou. Bogatell Beach is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Poblenou Station or Llacuna Station to see more of Barcelona.

Poblenou

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
¥10,548
per night
May 3 - May 4

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! (7,194 reviews)

"It was conveniently located very near the airport. Getting there was very easy. Checking in was very convenient. Their wifi worked well"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Barcelona Airport Hotel
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Hotel Barcelona Universal
4 out of 5
Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona, Barcelona
¥29,832
per night
May 4 - May 5

Located in El Raval, 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 also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (9,347 reviews)

"Everything was as expected. Service was prompt. The staff was very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hotel Barcelona Universal
Eurostars Grand Marina
Eurostars Grand Marina
5 out of 5
Moll De Barcelona S/n, Barcelona, Barcelona
¥14,766
per night
May 4 - May 5

Located in El Raval, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Rambla and Maritime Museum. Port Vell and Palau Guell are also within 15 minutes. Drassanes ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,171 reviews)

"Clean spacious room. We were allowed to check in early and check out late which was very convenient for us."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Eurostars Grand Marina

Popular things to do in Barcelona

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4.5/5(4,184 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(4,392 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(866 reviews)

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

4.5/5(2,650 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(2,646 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(1,860 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

76% of travellers recommend
¥5,452
Per adult
Fast Track: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour
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Fast Track: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour

86% of travellers recommend
¥5,774
Per adult
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

88% of travellers recommend
¥4,741
Per adult
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)

82% of travellers recommend
¥3,911
Per adult
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

90% of travellers recommend
¥15,290
Per adult
Montserrat Half-Day Excursion from Barcelona
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Montserrat Half-Day Excursion from Barcelona

86% of travellers recommend
¥6,519
Per adult

Reviews of Barcelona

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4691
5 - Excellent 71.5855333435068%
4 - Good
1611
4 - Good 24.584159926751106%
3 - Okay
201
3 - Okay 3.0672974210285364%
2 - Disappointing
33
2 - Disappointing 0.5035861437509538%
1 - Terrible
17
1 - Terrible 0.25942316496261253%

5/5 - Excellent

MWilliams

Apr 5, 2020

People are nice, food is amazing, architecture is breathtaking. I am so happy we made this decision to visit Barcelona!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

Beautiful city would love to go back someday

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Barcelona was great! I can't wait to go back and really enjoy it. We had to cut our trip short due to the pandemic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

We have been twenty times and we will return twenty more

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Place were you can live longer life.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

As soon as soon as the world comes back to normal, it is one of the best places to visit, we will be there!

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