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This area of Catalonia is home to around 1,600,000 residents.
Madrid, the national capital, is situated 310 miles west of Barcelona, while Badia del Vallès lies 9 miles to the north.
Want to start your adventure with a bang? An iconic sight, Sagrada Familia should be at the top of your itinerary.
Tibidabo Amusement Park and Illa Fantasia are magical places to enjoy some time with your kids. The Film Archive of Catalonia and the Barcelona Wax Museum are also worth a visit if the little ones aren't too worn out.
Round up the family and spend some quality time exploring the incredible marine life at Barcelona Aquarium and L’Aquàrium.
Animals of all shapes and sizes await at the Barcelona Zoo and the Cim d'Aligues. Combine it with a feeding time at the Zoo de Barcelona for a complete zoological adventure.
There's nothing more delightful than a divine glass of wine. Sample what this region has to offer at the Cava Blancher and the Albert I Noya. Afterwards, if you have sufficient time, head for the Cava Recaredo Winery or the Albert I Noya.
Looking for a bit of excitement? Try your poker face out at the Casino Barcelona, a bustling venue where the action never stops.
Admire the variety of plants on display when you and your family stop by the Barcelona Botanic Garden and Parc de Cervantes. Jardines de la Torre de les Aigues and Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens are two more great places to explore.
Pack a few snacks and take it easy for a while in the peaceful, green surroundings of Park Guell and Montjuic. Parc de la Ciutadella and Joan Miro Park are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon with a good book.
Want to spend time beside a scenic coastline? Load up some supplies and get on out to Barceloneta Beach or Mar Bella Beach for a relaxing afternoon by the ocean. Bogatell Beach and Nova Icaria Beach are also recommended.
Nature enthusiasts often head to Coves del Salnitre and Montjuïc for a rest.
See the world in a new light with a visit to one of the area's well-curated exhibition spaces. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the collections at Monastery of Pedralbes and the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The Maritime Museum and Barcelona Pavilion are also well worth a visit.
The CosmoCaixa, Fabra Observatory and the Museu de Ciències Naturals are ideal for vacationers who like learning about scientific discoveries. The fascinating range of objects and models being exhibited at these wonderful museums will keep active minds captivated all day long.
From the instant you arrive, it is obvious that the collections at the Museu Blau and the Natural Sciences Museum are the product of obsession. Looking back from behind the protective glass, these impressive specimens will spark your imagination. You could also visit the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia and the Catalan Ethnographical Museum.
Barcelona is a hub of artistic activity, with gallery spaces seemingly tucked around every corner. Swing by the Picasso Museum and the Joan Miro Foundation for some great examples of what this creative city has to offer. The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Caixaforum are also worth a browse if you can squeeze them in.
History buffs can travel back through time at the Barcelona History Museum and the Barcelona Egyptian Museum. The History Museum of Catalunya and the L'Enrajolada - Santacana House Museum are also prominent choices.
Discover the region's past with a visit to the Casa Batllo or the Arc de Triomf, just two of the interesting historic sites here. You might also like to take a few photos at the University of Barcelona and the Casa Vicens.
When it came to designing and building Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya and The Constable's House, you'll see that money must not have been an issue. Virreina Palace and Baro de Quadras Palace are two more stately dwellings that have plenty of history hidden in the walls.
You might not see any knights in shining armor, but you may stumble upon a drawbridge or turret at Montjuic Castle and Castelldefels Castle. For even more striking views and age-old stories, go and explore Castle of Corbera de Llobregat and Castle of the Three Dragons.
The spiritual side of the area can be experienced at Barcelona Cathedral and Church of the Sacred Heart. Sant Pau del Camp and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar are two more interesting religious sites.
Barcelona's most popular sights sometimes overshadow its less visited, but equally rewarding activities. Two interesting options are Port Vell and Port Olimpic. If you have more time to spare, also think about visiting the Mercat de les Flors or Rambla del Raval.
Barcelona is well-loved by tourists, and boasts a broad range of accommodation options. Expedia's Barcelona hotels guide makes booking a breeze.
Hotel Arts Barcelona at Marina 19–21, and the Ciutadella Park Apartments, at Carrer de Joan d'Austria, 51 are some of the more exclusive accommodations in Barcelona. If those don't match your requirements, be sure to check out the Mercer Hotel Barcelona, at Carrer del Lledo 7, and the Apartamento Abrevadero, at Calle Calabria 10-12, two more budget-friendly options.
If you and your traveling companions are here on a stopover and only have time for Barcelona's must-see attractions, you might find it more convenient to stay at the castro Exclusive Residences SPA Sagrada Familia or the Arago312 Apartments, which are both situated nearby Sagrada Familia.
Embrace everything there is to see and do and head home with the best souvenir of all — fond memories of your fabulous vacation!
Your trip to Barcelona is about to get really exciting. There are heaps of things to do, including:
For a complete guide to activities, check out the Barcelona things to do page.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of RCDE Stadium, Fira Barcelona and Gran Via 2. Placa d'Espanya and Poble Espanyol are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arc de Triomf, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Picasso Museum. Barcelona Zoo and Parc de la Ciutadella are also within 10 minutes. Arc de Triomf Station and Barcelona Arc de Triomf Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. La Rambla and Placa de Catalunya are also within 10 minutes. Jaume I Station is 5 minutes by foot and Urquinaona Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Barceloneta, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, just steps away from San Sebastian Beach and Barceloneta Beach. Port Vell and Barcelona Aquarium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Barceloneta Station is 21 minutes by foot and Jaume I Station is 29 minutes.