4.5/5Wonderful!(1,039 area reviews)
If you love exploring medieval streets, watching street artists and eating tapas along shared tables in tiny bars, head straight for the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona.
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This upscale part of Barcelona charms with grand buildings, modernist architecture, fine dining, and trendy bars and luxury shops.
4.5/5Wonderful!(116 area reviews)
Some of Barcelona’s most famous sites and most famous streets are clustered in the historic center, with new beauty around every corner.
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A tough port neighborhood turned youthful beach hangout provides a sense of Barcelona’s many faces, with sea views as well.
4/5Very Good!(381 area reviews)
Barcelona’s civic institutions have long created a lively artistic district, with museums and more in the shadow of a mountainous castle.
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Reviewed on 27 Jun,2022
Reviewed on 27 Jun,2022
Spain’s second-largest city is blessed with striking architecture, world-class museums and streets filled with the aromas and rhythms of Catalonia.
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a beachside metropolis city of 2.5 million residents. The city’s winding streets are lined with tapas bars, and traditional dancers entertain onlookers in the city’s squares. The influence of modernist architect Antoni Gaudi is everywhere, from hillside parks to public buildings. Forget about driving in Barcelona. Get around on the metro system, bus lines or bicycle. Better still, pack some comfortable shoes this city was made for walking, the nicest way to take in the city’s many sights, sounds and flavours. Wander the streets of Las Ramblas, in the heart of the city. The main boulevard runs from Placa de Catalunya Square in the north, down to the port. Restaurants, flower stalls and souvenir shops line the footpaths. Street performers entertain families during the day and revellers fill the bars well into the night.Explore the Gothic District, to the north of Las Ramblas. Here you’ll find the 14th-century Barcelona Cathedral, which houses the remains of the city’s co-patron saint, Eulalia of Barcelona.Ride a cable car to the top of Montjuic, a commanding hill near the city centre, and spend a day exploring the many attractions. Cool off by the Magic Fountain (Font Magica), which stands before the neo-baroque National Palace (Palau National) before enjoying the traditional arts and cuisine of the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village).Gaudi’s fanciful buildings are a Barcelona highlight and can be explored in chronological order. Start at his first house, Casa Vicens, before finishing at his final masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. Don’t miss Park Guell, which features a mosaic terrace with views of the city and harbour.Barcelona is home to more than 50 museums. Discover the childhood drawings of Spain’s greatest artist at the Picasso Museum, then set sail for the Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim) in the historic 14th-century dockyards. Families are well catered to in Barcelona. Spend a day on the beach with locals, or experience life beneath the waves at the Barcelona Aquarium. In the evening enjoy Catalan music at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, before heading out into streets and plazas to experience the atmosphere of Barcelona in the evening.
There's nothing like a Barcelona holiday to give yourself a little boost. The soothing sound of rolling surf and the smell of fresh sea air will rejuvenate your mind and body. To be close to the city centre on your trip to Barcelona, find a hotel around Barceloneta Beach (just 2 kilometres away). If you plan to stay for a bit, consider booking one of our Barcelona packages. Not only will you be able to save money, you'll also have other amazing beaches around you to explore, like Mar Bella Beach and San Sebastian Beach.