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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.

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

Top hotels in Barcelona

H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,355 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Passeig de Gracia, and Placa de Catalunya. El Corte Ingles ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (976 reviews)

"Super séjour, accueil au top, magnifique hôtel. Je recommande !!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

H10 Cubik
Claris Hotel & Spa GL
Claris Hotel & Spa GL
5 out of 5
Pau Claris, 150, Barcelona, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs10,542 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia and Casa Batllo. Casa Mila and Rambla de Catalunya are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (986 reviews)

"Wonderful stay in the heart of Barcelona. Hotel is spotless and the service is impeccable. Will return..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Claris Hotel & Spa GL
Eurostars Grand Marina
Eurostars Grand Marina
5 out of 5
Moll De Barcelona S/n, Barcelona, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs8,929 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

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

4.2/5Very Good! (1,001 reviews)

"A nice but dated hotel in the marina. A short walk to shops and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

Eurostars Grand Marina
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Barcelona

Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
3.5 out of 5
61 Carrer de Sant Miquel, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
The price is Rs6,144 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Barceloneta, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of San Sebastian Beach and Barceloneta Beach. Port Vell and Barcelona Aquarium are ...

4/5Very Good! (38 reviews)
Good times in Barcelonita

"Great location, great food nearby, super market and taxis available!!!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2019

Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
Arai Aparthotel
Arai Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Avinyó, 30, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is Rs8,061 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Located in Gothic Quarter, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of La Rambla and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Palau Guell and Barcelona Cathedral are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (774 reviews)

"Great location and beautiful rooms!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Arai Aparthotel
Hesperia Fira Suites
Hesperia Fira Suites
5 out of 5
Mare de Deu de Bellvitge 3, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
The price is Rs4,228 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Fira Barcelona and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Camp Nou. Gran Via 2 and RCDE Stadium are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (903 reviews)
Great stay but...

"The website should disclose that the suites are in a separate building and in order to use Hotel facilities (pictured in the hotel website and hotels.com) guests have to pay extra. This is not fun to find out."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Hesperia Fira Suites
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.

Popular places to visit in Barcelona

Reviews of Barcelona

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Apr 2020

Travelcards extremely good value to explore Barcelona and surrounding areas!!

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

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