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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.

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From $38 per night

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From $171 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit November-January
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $92 per night
Average weekday price $93 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

The outstanding site to see was La Sagrada Familia.

March 22, 2019

The outstanding site to see was La Sagrada Familia. It was impressive and so were many other attractions in the city. I stayed near it the first couple of days before moving to another hotel in the city to experience another area. There were many good restaurants with a wide variety of foods to choose. The Metro was easy to use with a multi day pass. The only thing I would warn any traveler is to watch out for pick pockets. My friend had her mobile phone stolen during rush hour on the Metro on the way to the airport.

Mark
Mark United States of America
8.0

It is very easy to travel within Barcelona (even with a...

March 22, 2019

It is very easy to travel within Barcelona (even with a stroller) as there are many ways of transportation. Bathrooms are kept clean and its easy to find your way around. I would say 4 days are sufficient to go around Barcelona. Many choices of food also for the budget traveller.

JOSEPH AGIUS
JOSEPH AGIUS Malta
10

Barcelona is a very accommodating, clean, friendly,...

March 21, 2019

Barcelona is a very accommodating, clean, friendly, beautiful, artistic, cultural and exciting city. The people are warm and genuine, there is a lot to do from visiting the beach, nature, art, architecture, food, wine, shopping, history, etc. something for everyone. Barcelona is a very easy city to get around via Metro, buses, rental bikes, taxis, etc. I highly recommend staying in the Barri Gòtic area. Walking is easy and fun.

Amy
Amy United States of America
10

Loved walking on Las Ramblas with all of the shoppes and...

March 20, 2019

Loved walking on Las Ramblas with all of the shoppes and restaurants. Beautiful architecture and parks and waterfront. American dollars not accepted anywhere,Only Euros. City was very clean. Some of staff and cab drivers did not speak English at all, but not many. Great food! Easy to get around .

MARYANN
MARYANN United States of America
10

We love the beauty of Barcelona.

March 20, 2019

We love the beauty of Barcelona. If there is any drawback, it is the snatchers/pickpocketers that roam La Rambla, and nearby metros. Law enforcements should focus on them. You can easily pinpoint them as they just hang around La Rambla in at least 2-person group or more.

Anonymous United States of America
10

Loved Barcelona!

March 20, 2019

Loved Barcelona! There was so much to see and do for our whole family (two adults plus 3 boys- ages 11, 15 and 17). Favorite places were Montjuic Castell (private tour) , Barcelona Cathedral, La Sagrada Familia (tour), La Boqueria Market, Gothic Quarter (charming), Parc de la Ciutidad, Art Museum in Montjuic (Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya). Least favorite for all was Las Ramblas- crowded, just boring restaurants & shops. Nothing special! There are some side streets off main drag of Las Ramblas with interesting stores & restaurants though. Parc Guell & Picasso Museum were ok, but needed to be seen once. Restaurants were great- delicious food. Many meals came with beer/wine & dessert or several courses. Every meal but 2 were great. We ate in Gothic Quarter and near our hotel and near Las Ramblas. Outdoor restaurants were charming & everywhere. We ate 60% of our meals outdoors (in February). We used the metro for most of the trip. Easy to navigate but changing from one line to another required a lot of walking. Metro is very clean. Used a cab a couple times (to get to Montjuic). Barcelona is beautiful, clean, charming and there is lots to see! There is a lot of walking everywhere in Barcelona!!! Would definitely go back. Whole family loved the trip.

Pamela
Pamela United States of America

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