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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 £132 per night

Next weekend

From £264 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.84
Language Spanish
Average weekend price £92 per night
Average weekday price £98 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Great place.

24 March 2023

Great place. So many things to see. For sure Sagrada Familia and other Gaudis work are unique and are giving the great impact to the whole atmosphere of the city. So many other places Picaso , Miro museums are fantastic. Nou camp must see. Shopping area fantastic. Food amazing.

zoran Serbia

So much history, friendly venders and so many people from...

24 March 2023

So much history, friendly venders and so many people from different countries and you really get to experience how the locals live, work and you see the children come back and forth to and from school. I Love both the culture and experience


Barcelona is a beautiful city to visit for 4 to 5 days.

24 March 2023

Barcelona is a beautiful city to visit for 4 to 5 days. Loads of things to see and do and great shops although some very expensive. Public transport very easy to use and regular times. The food market is very nice with great atmosphere. Camp Nou is a must and the cable cars to the castle is worthwhile as is the boat ride for 10euros. Some of the staff in the restaurants/bars could have been a little friendlier but overall a lovely city.

catherine Ireland

I love Barcelona, compared to czech cities, this is very...

24 March 2023

I love Barcelona, compared to czech cities, this is very citizen-friendly city, with no dangerous car traffic, lots of green places, wonderful food and many places to see. And the beaches of course. :)


I love the Sagrada Familia.

23 March 2023

I love the Sagrada Familia. On a previous trip I didn't visit, but it was one of the high lights of the visit. Judith at reception booked our tickets and a rep at he city tour bus advised us to use the metro to get around. We also visited Monserrat which was great to see. the mountain air was clean and crisp, the mountain road made my friend weak, but Rauold driver kept us all safe. The fabulous Boqueria food market is a must see. We had drinks t the bar and ate the olives bought from a diferent stall holder in the market. A glass of delicious red wine was 3.50euro. Really enjoyed our visit

Martina Ireland

Clean, safe city visible policeman.

23 March 2023

Clean, safe city visible policeman. A lot of things to visit, lot of very good restaurants. Nice for shopping. Nice weather in February. It was my 2nd visit. Sure I will participate to semi marathon next year.

Elo_MBo France

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