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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.


From $47 per night

This weekend

From $120 per night

Next weekend

From $107 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.17
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $130 per night
Average weekday price $129 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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I'm in love with Barcelona!

August 20, 2021

I'm in love with Barcelona! Me and my boyfriend even had a thoughts about move to Barcelona 😍 Everything in Barcelona is perfect - weather, people, sightseeing and especially architecture! You have to visit Barcelona even once in your life!

Valerie Kazakhstan

We were visiting Gaudi Park.

August 19, 2021

We were visiting Gaudi Park. There was only a coach parking nearby. I was forced to park my car on the street where the window was broken and the car was robbed. It took over two hours for the report to be filed with the police. Later I had to replace the car with a new one due to the broken glass. Now I'm in trouble because the car rental company took the opportunity to earn extra money to the customer's disadvantage. Apparently they didn't have a replacement car of the same class, so they upgraded. My insurance will help me in this situation, but a self-respecting company should stick to the terms of the contract. The car replacement was not the result of my irresponsible behavior or reckless driving, but the break-ins of local robbers.

Janusz United States of America

Beautiful multicultural city.

August 8, 2021

Beautiful multicultural city. You need a bit of Spanish here and there, but English will also do the job. The buildings are amazing, the metro will take you anywhere. I loved the sights, loved Camp Nou experience and the aquariam. The Zoo is not so worth it. Rambla is a must experience. Tapas are amazing. You have to eat at one of the restaurants the tapas + paella combo, it’s delicious. Pay attention, the food is cheap but they’ll charge you 15€ for the drink (and that is not shown in the menu).


I lived in Barcelona for 10 years.

July 19, 2021

I lived in Barcelona for 10 years. It is a fantastic city with everything you might wish. Unfortunately the local government went crazy with Covid, so there are lots of really stupid and useless rules that don't better the situation but make it less fun. They were extremely successful in destroying local business (and still working on it), so that lots of beautiful little shops, good restaurants and bars simply don't exist anymore and you see a lot of empty shops and windows closed with roller blinds. The classic tourist points are still open and worthwhile a visit. In the hours where still permitted, the very international Barcelona locals live at full and happy for every little bit of freedom they get back. Criminality is rising, of course, as the administration is fully occupied with fighting the virus, and if not, with fighting against the enemy of Spain and blablaing about independence. Never (never!) wear an expensive watch or jewelry unless you take a taxi from one safe place to the other. Never put your mobile phone or purse in the pants pocket on your back or leave it on a table for a moment. Never hang your bag on the back of the chair (keep it on your lap). Always keep in touch with your bag on the beach, every moment. That sounds worse than in actually is. Unless you wear a eye-catching watch or proudly show the paper money you have with you,, robbery is non-violent with tricks (seeking to distract you with a stupid question and similar) and using opportunities (unattended things during a moment). But you must be careful all the time.

db_bcn Switzerland

We absolutely loved our stay.

July 13, 2021

We absolutely loved our stay. The hotel accommodations and staff were wonderful. The location and surrounding area perfect. Sant Gervais is beautiful area full of shops, cafe's and gorgeous architecture. We are looking forward to our next trip and hope to stay in the same aparthotel.

Norma United States of America

Having been a few times, we were aware of the pickpockets...

June 28, 2021

Having been a few times, we were aware of the pickpockets roaming the tourist areas. Seems like there’s more adult pickpockets versus the Gypsy kids this time. The city seem to be dirtier too than previous trips but I still love the people and the places we frequent for meals.

Minette United States of America

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