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Barcelona: the city's best neighbourhoods

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About Barcelona

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Cultures melt together in Barcelona, a lively metropolis of mesmerising architecture, medieval streets and top museums on the coast of Catalonia. Its most celebrated figure, Antoni Gaudí, takes all the credit for the city’s most outstanding monuments. From the twisting facade of stone-hewn Casa Milà to the monumental Sagrada Familia, the work of this world-famous architect can be found all over the city.

In the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find centuries-old tapas bars set among old haunts and a gargoyle-adorned cathedral. Fill up on staples like ground-beef stuffed croquettes and salt-cod fritters under this dramatic backdrop, and wash it all down with a glass of fruity Rioja. Nearby, an amble along the lively, tree-lined promenade of La Rambla will bring you to the coast, where the crowds start to thin out.

Find a slice of beach in Barceloneta or a shady patch of grass in Parc de la Ciutadella, and soak up the year-round sunshine. Alternatively, take a stadium tour of Camp Nou, or climb Carmel Hill for sweeping views and the iconic mosaics of Park Güell – another of Gaudí’s fantastical creations.


From £29 per night

This weekend

From £58 per night

Next weekend

From £62 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.97
Language Spanish
Average weekend price £110 per night
Average weekday price £114 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Barcelona reviews

What other travellers say about Barcelona


The food is amazing, you don't have to leave the city to...

5 May 2020

The food is amazing, you don't have to leave the city to have a wonderful stay. Public transportation is abundant and super easy to use. We have been to several European cities and Barcelona is far and away our favorite. Value wise, nothing can touch it. To to it all off there is a beach.

John Wheeler II
John Wheeler II United States

While expensive to visit, the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona...

13 April 2020

While expensive to visit, the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona deserve the accolades they get. Don’t bother with the entry cost of La Pedrera because the interior sections open to the public are limited, but the entry cost for the Palau Guell, Casa Batilo and La Sagrada Familia will soon be forgotten once you get inside.

Anonymous Australia

My heart remains in Barcelona :) In Barcelona it's not...

10 April 2020

My heart remains in Barcelona :) In Barcelona it's not about what you will see, because trust me you'll see plenty of beauty(and we've seen it all via google before), but it's more about what you will FEEL. You have to feel Barcelona. Go up the hills in Gracia and take in the city view from above, it smells of flowers there. Wander the narrow streets in Gothic Quarter, visit MNAC area, head to Olympic park from there. Walk Barcelona through and through. I went there in February and it was warm and sunny throughout my entire stay. Would recommend grabbing some light jackets for the evenings, though.

VikFX United Kingdom

One of the best cities in the world, architecture is...

2 April 2020

One of the best cities in the world, architecture is splendid, the food is sublime and one can easily fall in love with this town. Be careful where you leave your bike, it can get stolen right in front of the police and they will do nothing. :(

Anonymous Romania

A great place to get to know.

29 March 2020

A great place to get to know. This city is culturally diverse and has an absolutely endless variety of attractions. The obvious are the headliners such as Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera. But also the museums of art such Museo Picasso located in El born a great part of the Old City offering an endless variety of tapas bars, restaurants and shops which are constantly providing new and innovative fashion wear. Close to here is the Barcelona Cathedral and not far from here is the famous pedestrian street of La Rambla which runs from the centre of Barcelona Placa de Catalunya all the way to the Seafront area Placa del Portal de la Pau about 1.5 km. Don't miss the central produce market Mercat de la Boqueria with it's numerous tapas bars and tasting spots it is absolutely unique. This might whet your appetite for a Barcelona experience. If you get a chance, take it you won't be disappointed.

Keith Australia

Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city which has a very good...

28 March 2020

Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city which has a very good public transport system - this makes it very easy to get around when visiting the many attractions on offer. Also, mobile phone roaming makes it even simpler to search on Google Maps exactly where one needs to go. Restaurants are excellent as well local supermarkets.

Mohammed United Kingdom

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