Barcelona Holidays

Your Barcelona holiday

Rumoured to have been founded by Hercules himself, Barcelona has been envied and fought for almost since its inception. Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Franks have all claimed the city as their own over the centuries.

In the 12th century, with the city growing in importance, the Counts of Barcelona took control of the whole of Catalonia and through marriage formed an alliance with the Kingdom of Aragon. United under the Crown of Aragon, they engaged in empire-building, conquering territories as far afield as modern-day Italy and Greece.

In the 15th century Barcelona's progress halted. After Aragon and Castile united, Madrid was chosen over Barcelona as the capital and seat of power. The rising power of Castile and dominance of Madrid started the bad blood that persists between Barcelona and Madrid to this day. A hotbed of Catalan independence, Barcelona rose up against Philip IV in the 17th century and later opposed General Franco's coup. When Franco claimed power, he robbed Catalonia of its autonomy and forced the Catalan language underground. As ever Barcelona rose again, reinstating its language and reasserting its Catalan identity, and in 1992 it got the chance display itself to the world by hosting the Olympics. Since then, Spain’s second city has not looked back, being known throughout Europe and the world as a capital of culture and the country’s most important city for tourism. With so much on offer, it is a favourite destination for world travellers.

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Princesa Sofia Gran Hotel

5 stars
3.9 / 5 8 reviews
The Hotel Princesa Sofia offers 500 rooms/suites and 28 meeting rooms and is a hotel with vocation and experience in providing maximum comfort. Rooms offer all the advantages of a 5-star hotel. Non-smoking and handicapped rooms are available. The hotel provides facilities like Airport transfer, Dry cleaning, Baby sitting service, Room service - 24 hrs, Safe deposit box, Banquet facilities, Bar, Gym / Fitness facilities, Smoke-free hotel, Internet access - High-Speed, Spa Services (Massage, Facial, Steam Room, etc.), Internet access - Wireless, Solarium, Beauty Salon/Hairdresser, Laundry service, Swimming pool - indoor, Lift / Elevator, Swimming pool - outdoor, Business center, Lobby, Non-smoking rooms, Concierge, Parking facilities - at cost, Conference facilities, Currency exchange, Disabled facilities, Reception, Doctor on call, Restaurant CLUB PRINCESA SOFIA: AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB Three independent floors with impressive views from its exclusive rooms and suites. With personalised check-in and check-out service, and a private Club Lounge offering breakfast, canapes & cocktails during the day and bar service at night as well as national and international press, Wi-Fi connection. Our AQUA WELLNESS CENTRE is one of the most specialised centres of the city and offers its clients beauty treatments and programs adapted to all types of needs. You can enjoy our Q-pool (Indoor and outdoor swimming-pool)and pamper yourself with massages, sauna and Jacuzzi.
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Nouvel Hotel Barcelona

3 stars
3.4 / 5 22 reviews
The hotel is located near Placa Catalunya and Las Ramblas, 15 minutes from the trade fair center and 30 minutes from the airport. The hotel is a modern building carefully refurbished.There are 78 spacious and comfortable rooms, with private bath, air conditioning, TV with satellite connection, direct telephone , a magnetic locking door, a safety box.The Hotel also provides wi-fi, reception, restaurant.
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Confortel Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 78 reviews
Modern, comfortable and very stylish, Confortel Barcelona is located in the triangle formed by the Forum, the Port Olimpic and the Plaza de las Glorias, in the heart of the innovation and technology hub of the city and 600 metres from the beach. All rooms at the Confortel are air-conditioned and have a large en suite bathroom. They also come with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-fi and free bottled water. The Confortel Barcelona has a Fitness Centre and a rooftop swimming pool with a sundeck where guests can enjoy breath-taking views of the city. There is a bar and a restaurant offering a wide variety of seasonal products as well as a set menu. There is free use of the 4 computers in the lobby with wireless internet access. Llacuna and Poblenou Metro Stations are within 300 metres of the hotel. This offers access to the city centre in 4 stops. The tourist bus also stops nearby.
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Regina Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
Contemporary design offers a warm welcome in cosmopolitan EixampleLocated within a historic building dating back to the early 20th century, the Regina Hotel Barcelona focuses on contemporary design with a dedication to detail. Warm colors, wood floors, leather sofas and the use of natural fabrics create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere. The hotel is within a few minutes' walk of the most cosmopolitan areas of Barcelona. There is a modern Cocktail Lounge Bar, perfect for a post meeting drink or pre-dinner aperitif. Free use of a local gym enables visitors to keep fit, or just to relax in the pool or Jacuzzi. 3 Reasons To stay:Situated in the center of the Eixample district, close to shops, restaurants, bars and many popular sights, including the Opera House Free access to the nearby Holmes Place Fitness Centre, equipped with a gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi Large, light, modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, including family rooms with lounges Regina Hotel Barcelona RoomsThe hotel's 99 rooms over five floors are situated in a fine building built in 1917 and refurbished in 2006. The Regina Hotel Barcelona provides contemporary classicism combined with clean modern lines. Browns, blacks and cream colors appear throughout. Large desks and free Wi-Fi access throughout the rooms and the public areas make business trips easier, whilst marble bathrooms complete with full amenities (including bathrobes and slippers) and plenty of natural light makes all travelers comfortable. All rooms have a minibar, satellite TV, an-in room safe, telephone and a desk. The Regina Hotel Barcelona also welcomes families, who can opt for one of the 15 large family rooms. They come with lounges, additional beds and leather armchairs. Room service is from 7am to 11pm and ensures that no visitor goes hungry. Things To Do:Plaza Catalanya (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Portal de l'Angel (0.2 mi/0.4 km) Catedral Barcelona (0.4 mi/0.6 km) Barri Gotic (0.5 mi/0.7 km) Las Ramblas (0.5 mi/0.7 km) Plaza Real (0.6 mi/1.0 km) La Pedrera (0.7 mi/0.9 km) Montjuic (1.0 mi/1.6 km) Sagrada Familia (1.2 mi/2 km) Barceloneta Beach (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
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Caledonian

3 stars
3.9 / 5 48 reviews
Unwind at this snug hideout with charm aplenty and free Wi-FiThe small and charming Caledonian sits right on the edge of Barcelona’s high-end Eixample district, a quick walk from the iconic Las Ramblas, the bustling Gothic Quarter and the upscale shops of Paseo de Gracia. Cozy rooms at the Caledonian come with complimentary Wi-Fi. For guests without their own laptops, the business center in the lobby has a computer with wireless Internet. Service is personalized, friendly and includes express checkout. HighlightsGood location on the edge of the upscale Eixample districtFree Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the hotelPersonalized service and express checkout LocationLocated on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district, this hotel is set one kilometre (a half-mile) from the shops and cultural attractions of La Rambla and Passeig De Gràcia. RoomsCaledonian has 51 neat and pleasant guest rooms with peach-colored curtains, cherry wood furnishings, parquet floors, desks and mounted prints on the walls. Large windows let in heaps of light while mirrored wardrobes and wall mirrors enhance the spacious feel of the rooms. The en-suite marble bathrooms come with tubs, hairdryers and toiletries. Other in-room amenities include work desk, satellite TV and mini bar (fees apply). Free Wi-Fi in the rooms is a great added benefit. In addition to singles, doubles and triples, the new superior rooms on the top floor come with private terraces and updated bathrooms.   FeaturesLocation is a bonus of the cozy Caledonian, located a seven-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district. In addition to well-equipped rooms with free Wi-Fi, the hotel offers a range of services such as tourist information at the 24-hour reception and reservation services for train tickets, car rental and show bookings. Laundry and parking facilities are available (fees apply). A plethora of restaurants and bars sits within easy walking distance of the Caledonian. TransportationBarcelona International Airport (7.4 mi/12 km)Closest metro stop: Universitat (on the L2 line) AttractionsPlaza Catalunya (.4 mi/.7 km)Paseo de Gracia (.6 mi/.9 km)Las Ramblas (.6 mi/1 km)Sagrada Familia (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Port Olimpic (1.9 mi/3 km)
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Abba Sants

4 stars
4.1 / 5 21 reviews
This is a modern, welcoming hotel which opened in 2000. This light, bright hotel is located alongside public gardens, in the center of the city of Barcelona. Offering very convenient access to El Prat airport, the Recinto Ferial de Barcelona and much more, with a multitude of facilities and a magnificent restaurant, Amalur, serving original and Basque cuisine. Additional amenities - lobby and reception. Breakfast available at 13.50 eur per person per day. Parking available at 19 eur per night.
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Hotel Andante

3 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews
The Andante hotel is in the "Barri del Raval", in the district of "Ciutat Vella". The location is unbeatable. In the old town, in the heart of Barcelona, just a few minutes walking distance from the "Ramblas", the Port, the access to the cruise terminals, the "Maremagnum Leisure Area" and the theatre and entertainment area "El Paral.lel". Excellent access to the airport and the fairgrounds. Andante is a 3* Hotel, practical, modern and economical, with 134 rooms on 10 floors and with different types: Double, Triple, Family (connecting rooms), Single, with terrace, with panoramic views and with facilities for disabled guests. All of them are exterior. From the roof, 11th floor, customers can watch from the terrace with infinity pool, spectacular views of the city from the district of "Raval" and the entire old town to the port of Barcelona. Hotel Registration Number HB-004488.
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B-Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.3 / 5 21 reviews
Ultra chic, we can't find a better way to describe this design hotel with its eclectic and minimalist atmosphere, in harmony with the modern city of Barcelona. Located near the Plaza Espaa, from here we can visit the Fuentes de Montjuic, the Anilla Olmpica and the fascinating art collections housed in CaixaForum and the MNAC. Parking available at 23 euros per day (24 hours) Hotel Registration Number: HB-004319
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Barcelona Universal Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 138 reviews
More than just a hotel - a point of referenceAmazing destinations like Las Ramblas make the Barcelona Universal Hotel a strategic location for both business travellers and holidaymakers. Access any part of Barcelona from this ideal location, or hop onto easily accessible public transportation to reach destinations further away, like the beaches of Barcelona and Park Guell. The Barcelona Universal Hotel comes equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet access for guests (some fees may apply). The hotel also features late checkout and offers guests special discounts on a range of attractions in Barcelona. 3 Reasons To Stay:Perfect for business-related travel due to its ideal location near trade fair and conference centres Great for tourists, as it places them near popular destinations and public transportation Facilities include a gym and fitness centre, a business centre, a solarium, and an outdoor swimming pool Barcelona Universal Hotel RoomsThe 167 rooms at the Barcelona Universal Hotel come in four varieties: the universal room, the triple room, the superior room, and the suite skyline. Both the superior room and the suite skyline come with breakfast included in the price: get a full buffet breakfast at no extra cost. All rooms feature free wireless or broadband Internet connections (some fees may apply) and spacious interiors. Sip your complimentary bottle of cava when you stay in the superior room, or enjoy incredible panoramic views of Barcelona from the Barcelona Universal Hotel's suite skyline. The suites all have private terraces perfect for city gazing. The suites additionally provide sitting areas, full bathrooms, and Jacuzzis fitted in marble. A romantic holiday in Barcelona starts at the Barcelona Universal Hotel's luxurious suite. Things To Do:Fira de Barcelona (0.8 mi/1.3 km) Las Ramblas (1 mi/1.8 km) Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys (1.6 mi/2.6 km) Palau de Congresses (3.8 mi/6.1 km)
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Confortel Auditori

3 stars
3.9 / 5 39 reviews
Full-service hotel with complimentary trimmings and convenient locationLocated in the quiet residential area of Ensanche Derecho, Confortel Auditori sits a ten-minute walk from one of Barcelona’s most iconic monuments, the famous Sagrada Familia by Gaudi. A stone’s throw from the hotel is a metro station that whisks guests to the city’s heart within minutes. A great fit for business and leisure travelers, this hideout features a rooftop swimming pool, sauna and fitness center. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and bottled water. Confortel Auditori counts a restaurant, bar and terrace among its facilities. HighlightsStrategic location close to Sagrada Familia with easy access to the city centerRooftop swimming pool, sauna and fitness centerIn-room perks like free Wi-Fi, bottled water and pillow menu RoomsConfortel Auditori has 108 bright rooms spread on five floors. All units are decorated with modern flair and a homespun ambience, with thoughtful touches such as flowers. Complimentary in-room trappings include free wireless Internet, bottled water, safety deposit boxes, extensive pillow menu, flat-screen TVs and bathroom amenities. FeaturesThe solarium and swimming pool on the rooftop of Confortel Auditori function from early June to late September. Computers with free Wi-Fi are available in the spacious and luminous lobby for guests without their own laptops. The on-site restaurant serves buffet breakfast and Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner. The comfortable lounge on the mezzanine level features a plasma TV. The location of Confortel Auditori is stellar, a ten-minute stroll from Sagrada Familia. It's also a hop and a skip from the Arc de Triomfe metro stop which whisks guests to most of Barcelona's attractions within minutes. TransportationBarcelona International Airport (8.6 mi/14 km)Closest metro stop: Arc de Triomfe (on the L1 line) AttractionsSagrada Familia (0.6 mi/1 km)Plaza Catalunya (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Paseo de Gracia (0.9 mi/1.5 km)La Pedrera (1 m/1.6 km)Las Ramblas (1 mi/1.7 km)
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Hotels

Barcelona Hotels

Nightly rates from £79.83

Princesa Sofia Gran Hotel

5 stars
3.9 / 5 8 reviews
The Hotel Princesa Sofia offers 500 rooms/suites and 28 meeting rooms and is a hotel with vocation and experience in providing maximum comfort. Rooms offer all the advantages of a 5-star hotel. Non-smoking and handicapped rooms are available. The hotel provides facilities like Airport transfer, Dry cleaning, Baby sitting service, Room service - 24 hrs, Safe deposit box, Banquet facilities, Bar, Gym / Fitness facilities, Smoke-free hotel, Internet access - High-Speed, Spa Services (Massage, Facial, Steam Room, etc.), Internet access - Wireless, Solarium, Beauty Salon/Hairdresser, Laundry service, Swimming pool - indoor, Lift / Elevator, Swimming pool - outdoor, Business center, Lobby, Non-smoking rooms, Concierge, Parking facilities - at cost, Conference facilities, Currency exchange, Disabled facilities, Reception, Doctor on call, Restaurant CLUB PRINCESA SOFIA: AN EXCLUSIVE CLUB Three independent floors with impressive views from its exclusive rooms and suites. With personalised check-in and check-out service, and a private Club Lounge offering breakfast, canapes & cocktails during the day and bar service at night as well as national and international press, Wi-Fi connection. Our AQUA WELLNESS CENTRE is one of the most specialised centres of the city and offers its clients beauty treatments and programs adapted to all types of needs. You can enjoy our Q-pool (Indoor and outdoor swimming-pool)and pamper yourself with massages, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Value FREE WiFi & access to Aqua Wellness Centre
Nightly rates from £71.23

Nouvel Hotel Barcelona

3 stars
3.4 / 5 22 reviews
The hotel is located near Placa Catalunya and Las Ramblas, 15 minutes from the trade fair center and 30 minutes from the airport. The hotel is a modern building carefully refurbished.There are 78 spacious and comfortable rooms, with private bath, air conditioning, TV with satellite connection, direct telephone , a magnetic locking door, a safety box.The Hotel also provides wi-fi, reception, restaurant.
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Confortel Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 78 reviews
Modern, comfortable and very stylish, Confortel Barcelona is located in the triangle formed by the Forum, the Port Olimpic and the Plaza de las Glorias, in the heart of the innovation and technology hub of the city and 600 metres from the beach. All rooms at the Confortel are air-conditioned and have a large en suite bathroom. They also come with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-fi and free bottled water. The Confortel Barcelona has a Fitness Centre and a rooftop swimming pool with a sundeck where guests can enjoy breath-taking views of the city. There is a bar and a restaurant offering a wide variety of seasonal products as well as a set menu. There is free use of the 4 computers in the lobby with wireless internet access. Llacuna and Poblenou Metro Stations are within 300 metres of the hotel. This offers access to the city centre in 4 stops. The tourist bus also stops nearby.
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Regina Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
Contemporary design offers a warm welcome in cosmopolitan EixampleLocated within a historic building dating back to the early 20th century, the Regina Hotel Barcelona focuses on contemporary design with a dedication to detail. Warm colors, wood floors, leather sofas and the use of natural fabrics create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere. The hotel is within a few minutes' walk of the most cosmopolitan areas of Barcelona. There is a modern Cocktail Lounge Bar, perfect for a post meeting drink or pre-dinner aperitif. Free use of a local gym enables visitors to keep fit, or just to relax in the pool or Jacuzzi. 3 Reasons To stay:Situated in the center of the Eixample district, close to shops, restaurants, bars and many popular sights, including the Opera House Free access to the nearby Holmes Place Fitness Centre, equipped with a gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi Large, light, modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, including family rooms with lounges Regina Hotel Barcelona RoomsThe hotel's 99 rooms over five floors are situated in a fine building built in 1917 and refurbished in 2006. The Regina Hotel Barcelona provides contemporary classicism combined with clean modern lines. Browns, blacks and cream colors appear throughout. Large desks and free Wi-Fi access throughout the rooms and the public areas make business trips easier, whilst marble bathrooms complete with full amenities (including bathrobes and slippers) and plenty of natural light makes all travelers comfortable. All rooms have a minibar, satellite TV, an-in room safe, telephone and a desk. The Regina Hotel Barcelona also welcomes families, who can opt for one of the 15 large family rooms. They come with lounges, additional beds and leather armchairs. Room service is from 7am to 11pm and ensures that no visitor goes hungry. Things To Do:Plaza Catalanya (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Portal de l'Angel (0.2 mi/0.4 km) Catedral Barcelona (0.4 mi/0.6 km) Barri Gotic (0.5 mi/0.7 km) Las Ramblas (0.5 mi/0.7 km) Plaza Real (0.6 mi/1.0 km) La Pedrera (0.7 mi/0.9 km) Montjuic (1.0 mi/1.6 km) Sagrada Familia (1.2 mi/2 km) Barceloneta Beach (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
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Caledonian

3 stars
3.9 / 5 48 reviews
Unwind at this snug hideout with charm aplenty and free Wi-FiThe small and charming Caledonian sits right on the edge of Barcelona’s high-end Eixample district, a quick walk from the iconic Las Ramblas, the bustling Gothic Quarter and the upscale shops of Paseo de Gracia. Cozy rooms at the Caledonian come with complimentary Wi-Fi. For guests without their own laptops, the business center in the lobby has a computer with wireless Internet. Service is personalized, friendly and includes express checkout. HighlightsGood location on the edge of the upscale Eixample districtFree Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the hotelPersonalized service and express checkout LocationLocated on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district, this hotel is set one kilometre (a half-mile) from the shops and cultural attractions of La Rambla and Passeig De Gràcia. RoomsCaledonian has 51 neat and pleasant guest rooms with peach-colored curtains, cherry wood furnishings, parquet floors, desks and mounted prints on the walls. Large windows let in heaps of light while mirrored wardrobes and wall mirrors enhance the spacious feel of the rooms. The en-suite marble bathrooms come with tubs, hairdryers and toiletries. Other in-room amenities include work desk, satellite TV and mini bar (fees apply). Free Wi-Fi in the rooms is a great added benefit. In addition to singles, doubles and triples, the new superior rooms on the top floor come with private terraces and updated bathrooms.   FeaturesLocation is a bonus of the cozy Caledonian, located a seven-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district. In addition to well-equipped rooms with free Wi-Fi, the hotel offers a range of services such as tourist information at the 24-hour reception and reservation services for train tickets, car rental and show bookings. Laundry and parking facilities are available (fees apply). A plethora of restaurants and bars sits within easy walking distance of the Caledonian. TransportationBarcelona International Airport (7.4 mi/12 km)Closest metro stop: Universitat (on the L2 line) AttractionsPlaza Catalunya (.4 mi/.7 km)Paseo de Gracia (.6 mi/.9 km)Las Ramblas (.6 mi/1 km)Sagrada Familia (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Port Olimpic (1.9 mi/3 km)
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Flights

Flights to Barcelona

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Barcelona Wed, 17 Sep - Tue, 23 Sep £61
Paris Barcelona Mon, 1 Sep - Tue, 2 Sep £66
Madrid Barcelona Thu, 18 Sep - Sun, 28 Sep £65
Manchester Barcelona Mon, 15 Sep - Thu, 18 Sep £65
Mallorca island Barcelona Tue, 16 Sep - Wed, 17 Sep £39
Malaga Barcelona Tue, 16 Sep - Wed, 17 Sep £49
Amsterdam Barcelona Tue, 2 Sep - Thu, 4 Sep £92
Ibiza Barcelona Mon, 8 Sep - Sat, 13 Sep £59
Helsinki Barcelona Tue, 12 Aug - Wed, 10 Sep £143
Rome Barcelona Tue, 16 Sep - Sat, 20 Sep £47
Venice Barcelona Fri, 19 Sep - Tue, 23 Sep £88
Lisbon Barcelona Fri, 19 Sep - Tue, 23 Sep £108
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Best time to take a holiday to Barcelona

  • The weather in Barcelona is pleasant throughout the year. Even in December, January and February, the temperature does not usually go below 7°C, and in July and August, daytime temperatures can reach 28°C. July is the ideal month to visit Barcelona if you enjoy the sun, as it is also the driest month. However, July is peak tourist season, and you may find that popular tourist attractions are extremely crowded. With its spring-like temperatures and refreshing sun, March is a great time for a quieter visit to Barcelona, and no matter when you want to visit, you will find the best deals for air tickets and hotel rooms on ebookers.

Barcelona highlights

  • View Barcelona from the air

    The most spectacular view of the city is by cable car and there are two options available. Both cable cars head to Montjuic, one leaving from the port area of Barceloneta (Transbordador Aeri del Port) and the other from Parc de Monjuic (Teleferico de Montjuic). The latter travels farther up the mountain to Montjuic Castle, so you can combine both for the ultimate cable car experience. Once on the mountain, check out the castle, Palau Nacional, and the Olympic village left over from the 1992 games.

  • Sample some local vintages

    Many tourists get blinded by the delights Barcelona has to offer within the city limits and miss some treasures lying just outside. The Costa Daurada is one such gem. The golden coast has 57 miles of beaches, Roman ruins, a theme park and best of all, an excellent wine region. Tarragona and Priorat are both worth seeking out; you are in Cava country, so do not neglect to try a bottle of Spanish bubbly. A large number of vineyards and bodegas offer wine tours.

  • Hit the beach

    If the urban treats Barcelona offers are not enough, the delights of the seaside are just a short stroll from the centre. The city's seven beaches are perfect for relaxing or taking a dip. More active visitors can even try their hand at windsurfing and other watersports. At Barceloneta, the most centrally located beach, you will find a string of bars and seafood restaurants. After dark the vibe changes, with bars and clubs serving up hedonistic entertainment into the early hours.

  • Take a breather at Plaça Reial

    Walking up and down Las Ramblas can leave you tired and thirsty. Duck down an alleyway and in a minute or two you will come out upon this vibrant plaza. Providing a calm refuge from Las Ramblas while still maintaining a lively atmosphere, the cafes that line the sides of the palm-tree-strewn square are the perfect place to recharge the batteries and watch the irrepressible street entertainers. Dotted around the square are outlandish street lamps designed by Gaudi himself.

Top Barcelona attractions

  • Casa Battló

    This stunning example of Gaudi's architectural style is a World Heritage Site. Tours of the building are available.

    Gothic Quarter

    Relive the ancient history of Barcelona as you walk along alleys filled with buildings that date back to Roman times.

    Passeig de Gràcia

    Enjoy shopping and sampling local and international cuisine in this central neighbourhood, which is dotted with buildings designed by Gaudi.

    Museu Nacionald d'Art de Catalunya

    The extensive collection of art in this museum includes Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque masterpieces. An architectural attraction in itself, the museum is located in the picturesque Parc de Montjuïc.

    El Tablao de Carmen

    This theatre is dedicated to Carmen Amaya, one of Spain's greatest flamenco dancers, and it is a great place to see an authentic flamenco performance.

    Joan Miró Foundation

    This museum is home to one of the largest collections of the works of this Catalonian artist. It is a must for those who appreciate modern art.

    SphereMania Barcelona

    Try harness sphering, a safe, yet adventurous alternative to bungee jumping, and theme park rides, right in the centre of Barcelona.

    La Seu - Cathedral of Santa Eulalia

    This Gothic cathedral is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, and it took nearly 200 years to complete. Every Sunday at noon, the cathedral presents a performance of local folk dancing.

    Las Ramblas

    This central pedestrian thoroughfare is a major tourist attraction. It features everything from restaurants, cafes and boutiques to impromptu street performances.

    The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

    Constructed in 1929 for the World's Fair, this stunning fountain features sound and light shows on weekend evenings.

  • Camp Nou

    Not all of the cathedrals in Barcelona are the religious kind. For many Catalans the place to come to worship on a Sunday is the Camp Nou stadium. Once a fortnight, almost 100,000 people cram inside the largest stadium in Europe to watch some of the finest footballers on the planet. The atmosphere at a match here is like no other, and the club's illustrious history is celebrated in the FC Barcelona President Nuñez Museum. Tours are also available that will take you right down to the pitch.

  • Picasso Museum

    Spain's most famous artist went to school in Barcelona and would return to the city at periods throughout his life. At the museum you can trace the meteoric rise of this painting prodigy from works like The First Communion, painted at the age of just 14, to later pieces such as his studies of Velazquez’s Las Meninas. Housed in a collection of medieval palaces in La Ribera, the Picasso Museum gives a fascinating insight into the talent and character of this art icon.

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  • La Sagrada Familia

    Still a work in progress 120 years after the first stone was laid, Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece is the iconic image of Barcelona. The Church of the Holy Family, or simply La Sagrada Familia, is unlike any other religious edifice in the world.

    Gaudi's unique vision is a spectacular and otherworldly sight. When work is completed in 2026, the building will have a tower for each of the 12 apostles. Visitors can go up two of them, the Nativity and Passion towers, and walk across the bridge between for a unique view of the city.

Barcelona holiday travel tips

  • Metro

    Fast and reliable and with stops anywhere you would want to go in the city, the Barcelona metro is a great way to move around. The 'M' signal indicates a station on one of the city's eight lines. You can buy single journeys or purchase sets of ten. Travel passes are flexible and convenient, and also work on trams and buses. The metro runs until midnight on weeknights and 24 hours on Saturdays.

    Taxis

    The city's black-and-yellow taxis are an inexpensive travel option. All are metered, and from the airport to the centre of town is a 25 minute trip.

    Buses

    Barcelona is well served by buses, but most lines stop running before the metro and traffic congestion in the city can make bus travel frustrating. However, if you are stuck for a taxi home after a night out, the yellow Nitbus runs from late night to early morning and its routes cover most central locations. Your travel pass will not work on these buses.

    Bus Turístic

    If you prefer to sit back and relax rather than trying to decipher a new city's transport network, the Bus Turístic is perfect for you. You can board and jump off these spacious double-deckers as you please. They are open-topped for the ideal viewing experience. The three routes cover all of the major attractions, from the city beaches, to Montjuic and even out to FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium.

    By Car

    Barcelona is a busy city, and its streets are prone to traffic problems. But if you are planning to get out of town for a day trip, check out offers on car hire in Barcelona.

Insider tips for Barcelona travel

  • Port Olympic

    This quiet stretch of beach is located right near the port of Barcelona. Watch the ships as they depart from the port as you soak up the beautiful Barcelona sun.

    Espit Chupitos

    Enjoy the atmosphere of a real local bar at any of the locations of this small chain of shot bars.

    San Jose Market

    Located off of Las Ramblas, this vibrant marketplace sells everything related to food..

    Park de la Ciutadella

    This park features spectacular waterfalls as well as some of the famed architect Gaudi's earliest work.

    Carrer de la Riera Baixa

    This is the avant-garde and bohemian shopping strip of Barcelona, where you can find anything from American-style letter jackets to authentic vintage clothing.

Where to stay in Barcelona

  • For the regal experience, check in at the Catalonia Albinoni Hotel. Built as a palace in the late 19th century by Pedro Bassegoda y Mateu, the hotel today retains much of its neoclassical splendour. It is built around a courtyard—the reception and bar are here. The original central staircase is a marvel to behold. Recent additions include an outdoor pool with waterfall, and a solarium.

    Perfectly situated for exploring the city's modernist art treasures, the Murmuri Hotel almost falls into that category itself. Contrasting with the marble façade outside, the design within is sleek, with clean lines but plenty of warmth and comfort. The rooms feature flat-screen TVs and mood lighting to make your visit as pleasant as possible. The hotel's terrace on the Rambla Catalunya is a great place to watch the world amble by.

    Check in and head straight to the rooftop swimming pool with a spectacular view at B-Hotel. A monument to modern design, the hotel is easy to find—just look out for the giant sculpture of the letter 'B' perched on the roof. From the pool you can look down on Plaza Espanya and the spectacular coloured fountains of Montjuic.

    A happy marriage of the old and the new, the Claris Hotel can be found in a 19th-century palace. The palace has been extended to ensure guests can enjoy both period charm and all the comforts one expects from a top-notch hotel. It even has a gym, spa facilities, and an outdoor pool.

Barcelona restaurants

  • For a taste of true Catalan cuisine, where better than Barcelona’s oldest restaurant? Can Culleretes (C/ Quintana, 5) has been welcoming customers since 1786, and it is hard to believe the menu has changed much in 220+ years at this city stalwart. Traditional Catalan favourites still dominate, with dishes like escudella (a rustic stew with beans, vegetables), and butifarra (a Catalan sausage), wild boar, and a wide range of local fish and seafood.

    For something a little more contemporary, try Tapioles 53 in Poble Sec (Tapioles 53). Closed-door restaurant, food society, speakeasy—call it what you will—Tapioles 53 is not your average restaurant. With nothing to mark it out as an eatery on the street and almost no money invested in publicity, it is a word-of-mouth kind of place. Booking is essential, as there is space for only 24 people. The menu reflects the cosmopolitan background of owner and chef Sarah Stothart, who has lived in half a dozen countries and personally sources all of her ingredients from local markets.

    Barcelona is famed for its traditional small dishes, or tapas, and there are few better places to go for an introduction to this way of eating than Taller de Tapas (Argenteria 51, El Born). With menus in English and plenty of tables, this is a great stepping-stone before trying one of the standing-room-only traditional tapas joints where menus in any language are a rarity. Choose from plenty of standard tapas along with exciting daily specials.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Health

    There are no compulsory vaccinations for a trip to Barcelona, although boosters for those covered in the vaccination schedule are recommended. This includes: Tetanus, polio and diphtheria.

    The tap water is fine to drink.

    Barcelona's health infrastructure is excellent. Before you go, ask your local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

    Safety

    As in most major cities, acts of petty crime do occur in Barcelona. In order to be on your guard, bear the following advice in mind:

    - Do not walk unaccompanied after dark or in poorly lit areas.

    - Do not walk around with jewellery or other objects that may attract attention.

    - Do not leave valuable belongings in parked vehicles.

    - In bars, do not take drinks or food offered by strangers.

    - Do not carry a large quantity of cash on your person.

    Following the terrorist attacks organised by ETA in 2004, travellers are urged to exercise the utmost caution.

    Tip: It is highly recommended that you make photocopies of all your travel documents and keep the copies on you so you are prepared if the originals are stolen or lost. Keep the original documents in a safe place with a little money. Most hotels in Barcelona can offer a safe for this purpose. When you travel, take a mobile phone with you and ensure you know the emergency telephone numbers. If you are assaulted, keep calm and do not resist or retaliate.

    Transport: Drivers are advised not to stop for hitch-hikers.

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