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Barcelona

Spain’s colourful second city offers world-class culture, breathtaking architecture and delicious cuisine.

Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for a city break. It’s easy to be captivated by its charms the minute you set foot on its vibrant streets. And by foot is definitely the best way to explore this relatively flat, compact city, although there is an excellent public transport system to whisk you around efficiently to all the major sights.

One of Barcelona’s biggest draws is its world-famous architecture, crowned by the extraordinary buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí. The Sagrada Familia, his outstanding masterpiece, has become a worldwide symbol of the city. The fairytale towers of the basilica can be seen from all directions and offer wonderful panoramas from the top. Several of the lavish mansions he created for Barcelona’s high society are open to the public, including Palau Güell, built for his patron, who also lent his name to the weird and wonderful Park Güell, home of the famous mosaic-encrusted lizard fountain which has become one of Gaudí’s most recognisable images.

The main artery of the old town is Las Ramblas, a leafy pedestrian promenade lined with shops and restaurants which buzzes with life day and night. From here it’s easy to explore the Gothic Quarter, stopping to pay your respects to Saint Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona, in the atmospheric 14th-century Barcelona Cathedral.

Head to Port Vell, the old port, at the southern end of Las Ramblas and ride the cable car to Montjuïc. This airy country park offers a host of attractions, including the fascinating Poble Espanyol, a living museum of traditional Spanish architecture and cuisine.

Barcelona is a culture vulture’s dream come true. Check out priceless works of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century in the neo-Baroque Palau Nacional, or visit the Picasso Museum to view one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of paintings and sculptures by the legendary Spanish artist, who spent his childhood in the city. Book a ticket for a concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana and enjoy world-class music-making in this fabled modernist masterpiece, then head for the clubs and bars of the old town to keep the party going into the early hours.

Where to stay in Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia
Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou

Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou

4/5Very Good!(131 area reviews)

Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del 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
RM425
per night
1 May-2 May

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

4.1/5Very Good! (7,202 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 19 Mar 2020

Barcelona Airport Hotel
Mercure Barcelona Condor
Mercure Barcelona Condor
4 out of 5
Via Augusta, 127, Barcelona, Barcelona
RM339
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Casa Vicens, Casa Mila and Passeig de Gracia. Rambla de Catalunya and Hospital Clinic are ...

4/5Very Good! (204 reviews)

"Close to the metro, and the room was clean and cosy."…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019

Mercure Barcelona Condor
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Hotel Barcelona Universal
4 out of 5
Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona, Barcelona
RM1,206
per night
11 May-12 May

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! (9,349 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hotel Barcelona Universal

Popular things to do in Barcelona

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4/5(1,642 reviews)

Take a leisurely promenade along Las Ramblas to experience Barcelona life in all its colourful intensity.

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(1,449 reviews)

Buildings don’t come more iconic than this extraordinary basilica which has become the symbol of Barcelona worldwide.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(1,224 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(1,035 reviews)

A surprise awaits you at every turn in this fantasmagorical park with fabulous views over the city.

Barceloneta Beach
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Barceloneta Beach

4.5/5(1,311 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.

Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo

4.5/5(637 reviews)

This unusual family home designed by Gaudí is now open to the public as a museum.

Top activities in Barcelona

Small-Group Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group Medieval Villages Full-Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
RM404
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
RM620
Per adult
Montserrat Tour + Cogwheel train with Wine Tasting and Tapas
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Montserrat Tour + Cogwheel train with Wine Tasting and Tapas

96% of travellers recommend
RM432
Per adult
Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour
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Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour

80% of travellers recommend
RM265
Per adult
Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

88% of travellers recommend
RM193
Per adult
Medieval Vic & Pyrenees Mountains Small-Group Tour
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Medieval Vic & Pyrenees Mountains Small-Group Tour

94% of travellers recommend
RM450
Per adult

Reviews of Barcelona

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2171
5 - Excellent 69.472%
4 - Good
871
4 - Good 27.872%
3 - Okay
74
3 - Okay 2.368%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.16%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.128%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

Lovely buildings and sights - quite expensive sightseeing, so glad we went into Sagrada Familia - stunning!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Sue

26 Mar 2020

Fab architecture and hop on bus a must do to appreciate it all, and decide what to go and visit. Top tip get a 10 trip transport ticket to use bus and metro.

2/5 - Disappointing

Martin

17 Mar 2020

Total lock down morning after we arrived . No where open .

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

We were there in the middle of Coronavirus so not a good time to Judge the city

4/5 - Good

Steve

15 Mar 2020

Barcelona has something for everyone, attractions, beaches, restaurants and bars. The weather was fantastic whilst we were there. A very metropolitan city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

An absolute magical place!

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