Barcelona

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Modernist art and Gothic architecture create a stunning backdrop in the Catalan capital, where sublime food and a sophisticated nightlife scene await.

Cultured yet trendy, Barcelona is one of Europe’s great cities. The Mediterranean Sea is just minutes from the center, its streets are filled with Modernist and Gothic treasures and the food is simply divine. Shop in bustling markets, take a stroll through the old city, stay up late and party with the locals and visit one of the city’s many world-class museums and galleries.

Be wowed by Barcelona’s eye-catching collection of architecture. Start in La Rambla, the famous tree-lined pedestrian street, which features flower stalls, sidewalk cafés, creative buskers and interesting shops, before delving in to the labyrinthine alleys of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). Among the 14th-century buildings sit treasures such as the spectacular Santa Maria del Mar Church and the grand Barcelona Cathedral, where gargoyles peer down from the ornate façade.

Spend some time in the Museu d'Història de Barcelona. Its exhibits bring to life the city’s long history. The impressive building is located on Plaça del Rei, where concerts are often held.

It is impossible not to notice the artistry visible in Barcelona’s public spaces. Gaudí, Picasso and Miró have left their indelible marks on the Catalan capital in monuments including the fantastical twisting turrets of La Sagrada Familia cathedral and the fantastical modernist sculptures and mosaics adorning Park Güell. Barcelona-born Joan Miró is honored in the Fundació Joan Miró while Picasso’s works are on display at the Museu Picasso.

To enjoy Barcelona’s nightlife like a true local, don’t even consider going out until midnight. Start with a late dinner in one of the city’s fabulous restaurants. Opt for acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants or venture into El Born to find tiny tapas bars heaving with hip locals. Discover everything from jazz venues to nightclubs pumping out techno, or sip cocktails in alfrescobars.

Barcelona is one of Europe’s aviation hubs and welcomes flights from around the world. Explore the city on foot to really soak up the architecture and get to know the locals. Among the best places to people-watch are at the city’s busy markets such as La Boqueria.

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Where to stay in Barcelona

Barceló Raval
Barceló Raval
4.5 out of 5
Rambla del Raval, 17-21, Barcelona, 08001
The price is $140 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the property condition ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,008 reviews)
"Would stay again, loved how modern and clean it was! Also Friendly staff. Only complaint is the surrounding area, the Main Street it’s on specifically- I didn’t find to be that safe especially at night."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Barceló Raval
Barcelona Airport Hotel
Barcelona Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Plaza de la Volateria, 3, Poligono Mas Blau, El Prat de Llobregat, 08820
The price is $153 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in El Prat de Llobregat. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,650 reviews)
"Exactly what you expect from a good airport hotel. Reliable shuttle, clean room, and quiet when mostly you’re wanting to sleep. Good value for money."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Barcelona Airport Hotel
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona, 08002
The price is $256 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,012 reviews)
"Excellent location, large clean room perfect for our family to share, super friendly staff."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Hotel Colón 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.
Sonder Casa Luz
Sonder Casa Luz
3.5 out of 5
Ronda Universitat, 1, Barcelona, Barcelona, 08021
The price is $120 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a terrace. Popular attractions Placa de Catalunya and Casa Batllo are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (156 reviews)
"Property was conveniently located, direct access to metro across the street. Front desk people very helpful Room was comfortable and relaxing"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Sonder Casa Luz
Citadines Ramblas Barcelona
Citadines Ramblas Barcelona
3 out of 5
La Rambla, 122, Barcelona, 08002
The price is $143 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,272 reviews)
"Great amenities had a laundry, market and supermarket close by. Could walk around area safely had great shops nearby. Staff all friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Citadines Ramblas Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona, 8018
The price is $140 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (926 reviews)
"Great location and great staff!!!"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Capri by Fraser 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.

Getting around Barcelona

Barcelona has an excellent public transportation network that covers the whole city, so you won’t need to rent a car. Travel on rail networks including the Metro (underground) and the FGC (overground), as well as by tram and bus. Alternatively, rent a bike and take advantage of the city’s miles of bike lanes. Look too for the unmistakable yellow and black taxis that can be hailed all over the city. Visit the Metropolitan Transport Authority website. Browse Barcelona rental cars.

Best time to visit

As with most major European cities, the best time to visit Barcelona is in the shoulder seasons, that is, in fall and spring. Expect the crowds to be smaller, the temperatures to be at their most pleasant, and the accommodations to be more affordable than in the busy summer months. Of course, the winter is quieter still, but traveling then will mean you will have to sacrifice the sunny weather.

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