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Ciutat Vella ("Old City") is comprised of several neighborhoods: Barri Gòtic, Raval, El Born and Barceloneta (all in more detail in separate descriptions). As a whole, the district’s characteristic features include narrow, winding streets that reach from Las Ramblas to the coast.
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0.4 miles from downtown
L’Eixample’s large, grid-like avenues (modeled after New York) are easy to navigate. Passeig de Gràcia (in the center) is a tourist hot-spot, with Gaudí's Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, as well as Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller within easy reach. Carrer Balmes is a safe and tolerant area for all kinds of travelers.
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1.3 miles from downtown
There’s a youthful energy in this dynamic area. Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça del Sol and Plaça de Rius i Taulet are charming squares to relax in and people-watch. Take a stroll through Gaudí’s Park Güell, with its unique architectural spaces that offer wonderful views of the city.
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1.4 miles from downtown
This district retains a lot of its traditional character. Tourist hot-spots surround Montjuïc Hill, next to Plaça Espanya. Visit the Joan Miró Foundation and Catalonia National Art Museum (MNAC) in the Palau Nacional. The 17th-century Montjuïc Castle stands on the hill, and there are also the colors of the Magic Fountain to enjoy below.
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1.7 miles from downtown
Accessible only by train or bus, this primarily residential district has a range of local restaurants. For families traveling with younger children, the CosmoCaixa science museum showcases a range of exhibitions. Les Planes, an outdoor picnic area, is nestled on the farthest edge of the district.
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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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|Most popular time to visit||August-October|
|Cheapest time to visit||May-July|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.18|
|Average weekend price||$152 per night|
|Average weekday price||$161 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
The Barcelona is an amazing city with stunning architecture and very pleasant atmosphere. There are a lot of good restaurants, parks and other places to visit - so people with different interests will surely enjoy staying there. Also the most stunning sight in Barcelona is Sagrada Familia which is incredibly beautiful and blows your mind the first second you see it.
Such a great city to walk around. I also took a pedicab to see a few more sites with narration. I loved the tapas bars and it was a great time of year to try the Rose wine. I was amazed and awed by the Sagra Familia - so much prettier than it appears in pictures. I could have spent more time there for sure!
A beautiful and very walkable city with trees everywhere and many balconies stuffed full of green plants. The architecture is stunning and the locals are super friendly and helpful. We had the most amazing vegetarian tapas at Cellarer Wine & Tapas Bar where the owner/host was extremely knowledgeable, nothing was too much trouble and he had a great sense of humour.
It’s a dirty filthy city where the biggest pickpockets are the business people themselves. The police don’t help you out. It’s very nasty nd dirty. It easy to get an illness nd the it is very unhealthy. Old crappy buildings.
I travelled back to Barcelona in June 2019 to receive my degree, so know the city quite well, having lived there for almost 2 years during my Master studies. I was quite disappointed that one now have to pay for access to Santa Maria del Mar. Seems that there are periods during the day where one does NOT have to pay to sit and drink in the gorgeous atmosphere, but I could not confirm that. Barcelona is total magic! My favourite part (apart from the food) is walking around the Bari Gotic looking for graffiti and paste up art. My heart remains in this city.
Take your time in Barcelona! Enjoy the siestas, coffee in the sidewalk places, tapas, architecture, and see all the Gaudi creations! If you have time, just walk and adventure down the streets in the Gothic Quarter. There are gems of places in the little communities and mini-plazas tucked inside with shops, cafes and eateries. I stayed at Hotel Astoria (3rd time) because of the rooftop pool and patio and walkable to everywhere.
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