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
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(2,180 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(3,193 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.

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(88 reviews)

Beaches and restaurants are a few notable features of the neighborhood.

El Born
La Ribera which includes outdoor eating, heritage elements and a city

El Born

Known for Architecture, Cathedrals, Culture

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Picasso Museum or Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Barceloneta Station to get around town.

Ciutat Vella
Maritime Museum featuring heritage elements and interior views

Ciutat Vella

Known for Architecture, Cathedrals, Shopping

4.5/5(151 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
NT$2,498
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5

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! (6,605 reviews)

"Comfortable bed and complimentary breakfast buffet was very good."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/11

Barcelona Airport Hotel
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Hotel Barcelona Universal
4 out of 5
Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona, Barcelona
NT$2,077
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)

"The area wasn’t the best But the hotel is good and the rooms were clean"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/10

Hotel Barcelona Universal
H10 Madison
H10 Madison
4.5 out of 5
C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
NT$3,837
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5

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! (913 reviews)

"Very clean, comfy bed, friendly and helpful staff, awesome rooftop bar, pretty amazing shower with hot water, great location near touristy destinations and food. This place was awesome."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/11

H10 Madison

Popular things to do in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia

4.5/5(4,063 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(2,115 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(833 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(919 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(3,864 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(2,400 reviews)

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

Reviews of Barcelona

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Barcelona is a big city , all attractions are very distance one from the other , it is little more expensive than Madrid. Between Barcelona and Madrid I choose Madrid

5/5 - Excellent

Chris

Nov 12, 2019

Beautiful place, would love to go back

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Great city to visit...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Picasso museum

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

I only went for two days to watch the Barcelona match so I didn't get to explore much, but the place is lovely and that's why I intend on going back to fully explore.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Barcelona is a city very easy to fall in love with. Turistic attractions are great, the city is clean and very easy to navigate. We took taxis everywhere which was pretty affordable.

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