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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 alfresco bars.

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

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!(3,576 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 Passeig de Gracia, 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!(298 area reviews)

Architecture, cafés, and shopping highlight some notable features of Gracia. Make a stop by Park Guell or Passeig de Gracia 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 San Sebastian Beach while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Barceloneta
Boqueria Market featuring street scenes as well as a large group of people

El Raval

4/5Very Good!(955 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in El Raval. Check out top attractions like Palau Guell and Boqueria Market, and jump on the metro at Parc de Montjuic Station or Paral-lel Station to see more of the city.

El Raval

Top Hotels in Barcelona

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel SB Plaza Europa
Hotel SB Plaza Europa
4 out of 5
Calle Ciències 11-13, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Poble Espanyol and Placa d'Espanya are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,396 reviews)

"The Murphy beds were worn in inclined so you rolled towards to floor."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Hotel SB Plaza Europa
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
1 out of 5
Carrer de Llacuna 32, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is $41 per night

Located in Poblenou, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bogatell Beach and Mar Bella Beach. Barcelona Zoo and Torre Glòries are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

3.9/5Good! (976 reviews)

"Location was excellent with bars , restaurants and supermarket on doorstep"…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou
Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is $75 per night

Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Gran Teatre del Liceu ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,547 reviews)

"Clean and modern rooms. Igor at the front desk was helpful with directions to local attractions."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Arc la Rambla

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.

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(4,395 reviews)

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

La Rambla
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La Rambla

4.5/5(4,186 reviews)

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

Camp Nou
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Camp Nou

4.5/5(867 reviews)

Catch an event at Camp Nou during your trip to Barcelona. Discover the area's fascinating museums and notable monuments.

Placa de Catalunya
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Placa de Catalunya

4.5/5(2,652 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(2,649 reviews)

Look out over the city from a Gaudí-designed terrace in this park in the city’s north.

Casa Batllo
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Casa Batllo

4.5/5(2,296 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.

Top things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

$34
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card
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Hola Barcelona : Barcelona Unlimited Transport Card

$18
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour
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Sagrada Família Fast-Track Tickets and Guided Tour

$56
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide
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Skip-the-Line Casa Batlló Tickets with SmartGuide

$28
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
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

$146
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport
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Taxi Transfers from Barcelona city to airport

$59
Per adult

Reviews of Barcelona

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good 24.561938138046624%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.0626238000914214%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 2, 2020

Barcelona is a wonderful walkable city with lots of places to visit and amazing food for great prices! If you have time, go on a wine/cava tour or tasting and make sure to eat lots of tapas.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 24, 2020

Barcelona was amazing. We ended up staying in the Gothic quarter and the hotel was beautiful and was an easy walk to everything .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 24, 2020

The on and off bus is definitely worth the money. You get to see and visit every thing.

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.

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