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Located on the coast of Catalonia, Barcelona is a melting pot of cultures, filled with unforgettable architecture, medieval streets, and impressive museums. Its most famous figure, Antoni Gaudí, is the genius behind some of the city’s most incredible monuments. From the twisting, stone façade of Casa Milà to the world-famous Sagrada Familia, the works of this legendary architect can be found all over the city.

In the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find all sorts of historic cafes and tapas bars leading the way to a cathedral protected by gargoyles. Be sure to try Catalonian classics like beef croquettes and salt-cod fritters under this dramatic backdrop, then wash it all down with a refreshing glass of Rioja. The perfect way to end the day is with a walk all the way down the lively, tree-lined boardwalk of La Rambla until you get to the calm port at dusk.

If you’re looking to soak up the year-round sunshine, find a spot on the sand in Barceloneta or a comfy patch of grass in Parc de la Ciutadella. If you have time, take a stadium tour of Camp Nou, climb Carmel Hill for amazing panoramic views, or explore the iconic mosaics of Park Güell – yet another of Gaudí’s amazing creations.

Tonight

From $72 per night

Next weekend

From $191 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.08
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $110 per night
Average weekday price $113 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Barcelona reviews

What other travelers say about Barcelona

10

We clearly underestimated how much Barcelona has to offer.

January 28, 2023

We clearly underestimated how much Barcelona has to offer. There is so much of history, interesting architecture, good food and entertainment. Within the 3 days in the city we visited, Gothic Quarter, Sagrada Familia (guided tour with the visit to the Passion Tower), Barcelona Maritime Museum, Magic Fountain, La Rambla, Hop-on Hop-off City Tour and even caught a Football match where Barcelona FC played against Getafe CF. We don‘t consider ourselves as major football fans but we wanted to experience the atmosphere which was extraordinary. Food is flavourful and trying out the any seafood cuisine is a must. We used the metro using a 3 day pass which got us from place to place with convenience. We visited during off peak season and we still had a fantastic time. We will definitely visit Barcelona again!

Shehan
Shehan Germany
10

Barcelona is a photographer's paradise.

January 24, 2023

Barcelona is a photographer's paradise. The city is filled with a rich mix of architectural styles, from the modernist masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí to the medieval Gothic Quarter. One of the must-see locations for any photographer is Park Güell, where Gaudí's iconic mosaic designs and curved stone structures provide endless opportunities for unique and interesting shots. The Sagrada Familia, another one of Gaudí's famous creations, is also a must-visit, with its striking spires and intricate details. The streets of the city are equally as picturesque, with narrow alleyways, colorful buildings, and bustling plazas. The Gothic Quarter, in particular, is a treasure trove of photo opportunities, with its winding streets, charming cafes, and historical landmarks. The Picasso Museum is also a great spot for those interested in capturing artistic inspiration. The beaches and boardwalks along the Mediterranean Sea are also great spots for photography, with the opportunity to capture the beautiful sunsets and the boats passing by. Overall, Barcelona is a fantastic destination for photographers, offering a wide range of subjects and styles to capture. Whether you're interested in architecture, street photography, or landscapes, you're sure to leave the city with a wealth of stunning photos.

Miluță
Miluță Romania
10

Many things to view and visit.

January 24, 2023

Many things to view and visit. Be aware that to enter some places, like Sagrada Familia, you need to book in advance. Clean. Many transportation options. Including night aerport to city center bus express, A1, A2 close to 6 Euros per person, one way. The N buses N17 and N18.

Sirbuletu
Sirbuletu Romania
10

It's my favorite place in the world after my homeland.

January 23, 2023

It's my favorite place in the world after my homeland. 1. There is a convenient commute system of metro and buses. 2. It's lively there but not overwhelming with traffic. 3. You definitely shouldn't judge Spain by Barcelona. It's an autonomous part of the country and you can feel it compared to other cities in Spain. 4. There is always perfect weather except it's a bit too stuffy in July and August. The actual winter (for this region) starts after the NY (it is the time of the lowest temperatures here - approximately +10 C and windy). 5. The local architecture is just a blast. 6. The whole service sector knows English (and most part of the common people you meet on the streets knows it as well).

Viktoriia
Viktoriia Ukraine
10

Barcelona is our favourite city.

January 22, 2023

Barcelona is our favourite city. It has everything: beaches, culture, history and shopping! Walking around the city, whether in the busy centre or the residential districts brings surprises, with interesting shops, quirky restaurants or impressive buildings. Although we have spent so many pleasant visits, we always find something new. Casa Battlo is our favourite building, and Pelai Restaurant in Carrer Tallers is our new favourite restaurant. For snacks and for wonderful chocolate in a stunning setting, try the house next to Casa Battlo in Paseo de Gracia

Anna Maria
Anna Maria United Kingdom
10

Lively city with a lot of people without the feeling of...

January 20, 2023

Lively city with a lot of people without the feeling of crowd (NB. in January :) 5/15-20C°) Very beautiful and interesting monuments, new and old next to each other, vibrant day and nightlife. Famous places are situated quite far from each other by foot, but public transportation is easy-to-use with a good coverage. (T10 bunch-ticket used) Sagrada Familia is not just a must-visit church, it is full of mistery, surprise and allusion - and the audio-guide is full of information - absolutely worth to visit and listen to!

Rea
Rea Hungary

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