Travel to Barcelona, Spain

A colorful melting pot of celebration

Heart-warming in both climate and culture, the city of Barcelona will captivate your senses. Be swept up by the blissful life of the people and indulge in the delicious food and lively atmosphere that sets the city apart from the rest. Be inspired by Gaudi’s delightful architectural creations, and let yourself wander aimlessly through the historic center, with its corridors of ancient stone. Let your taste buds go wild at La Boqueria and relax by the ocean at one of the city’s beautiful beaches. Just be ready to have a good time, because this city will embrace you with its generous nightlife and celebrative culture!

Suggested stay
2 nights

Recommended things to do in Barcelona, Spain


Hop-on hop-off tour in Barcelona, Spain
City Sightseeing Barcelona: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
With a choice of three routes and 44 stops you won’t miss a single highlight. Admire Barcelona from the open upper deck with audio commentary. Learn about the city’s history, culture, and architecture, or hop off at any time to explore more by foot. Also, with this pass you will barely need public transportation.
 
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Travel by train to the Costa Brava in Barcelona, Spain
Costa Brava Half Day Easy Hike
Enjoy a day away from the buzz of Barcelona. Discover enchanting Costa Brava natural beauty, fishing villages with tiny whitewashed houses, calm beaches, and coastal paths, while a knowledgeable local guide will amuse you with stories from the region’s rich history.
 
 
 
 
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Visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona with Halotravel and Viator
Skip-the-Line: La Sagrada Familia Tour plus Artistic Barcelona Tour
Get to know Gaudi with this comprehensive guided tour. Learn about the elaborate structure and interior of La Sagrada Familia. Visit the magical Park Guel with its glimmering mosaic lizards and gingerbread houses. Conclude with Casa de Batllo and La Pedrera, the landmarks of Barcelona’s city center. 
 
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Find a list of all sightseeing activities in Barcelona which can be booked through our partner viator here

Recommended hotels in Barcelona, Spain


We have carefully selected the following list of hotels, based on ratings, customer reviews, location and price. Choose from three classes:
1. Economy – good quality at a reasonably low price. 2. Comfort – a little extra luxury for a good price. 3. Premium – the finest features for a luxurious stay.

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Praktik Vinoteca
A wine lover’s paradise in the throbbing heart of Catalonia’s capital. Praktik Vinoteca, located in the cosmopolitan L’Eixample district, a short walk from Plaza de Catalunya, and Paseig de Gracia, the location of Gaudi’s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, adds good wine to Barcelona experience. Guests can enjoy a variety of wines served by a wine expert on the hotel’s garden terrace. Wine also features in the hotel’s interior design, each room featuring elegant wooden floor and wine themed decorative details.

Located within the City Centre.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel: take a Rodalies Barcelona train R1, R3, or R4 to Catalunya Station 700 m from the hotel.

Chic & Basic Born
The fabulous realm of Chick & Basic Born in the heart of Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella, steps away from Barri Gothic. Lighting, and cutting edge design metamorphose the building’s impressive 19th century interior and allow the guests adjust the feel of the room to their own mood. Guest are encouraged to explore the hotel’s colorful passages and take advantage of the ‘ feel good’ area where they can enjoy music, books, free tea and coffee. The hotel also features a bicycle rental and invites their guest to explore Barcelona by bike.

Located within the City Centre.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel: take a Rodalies Barcelona train R1, R3, or R4 to Arc De Triomf station 650 m from the hotel.

Praktik Rambla
Experience Barcelona’s unique architecture in Praktik Rambla’s opulent interior. Praktik Rambla is set in an impressive 19th century palace located at Barcelona’s iconic boulevard Rambla de Catalunya, lined with lime trees, trendy boutiques, and fashionable restaurants. Refurbished in 2009 by a prestigious interior designer, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, Praktik Rambla sill maintains its Baroque features, decorative columns and mosaic floors. Minimalist black and white design of the rooms enhance these stunning architectural details and make for a genuine experience of Barcelona’s beauty and elegance.

Located within the City Centre.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel: take a Rodalies Barcelona train R1 or R4 to Catalunya Station 350 m from the hotel.

 

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H10 Metropolitan
Immerse yourself in the unusual vintage design inspired by the 19th century industrial Barcelona. H10 Mtropolitan is housed by an elegant 19th century building situated at Rambla de Catalunya, the vibrant hub of the city. Rooms, decorated with wooden elements, are equipped with high-end amenities. The Kitchen Restaurant serves lavish breakfast and meals throughout the day, the Edén Bar with access to a pleasant terrace with swimming pool serves refreshing drinks, and a top-floor terrace with a plunge pool offers stunning views of Plaza de Catalunya and Tibidabo.

Located within the City Center.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel:  take a Rodalies Barcelona train R1, R3, or R4 to Catalunya Station 160 m from the hotel.

Colón Hotel Barcelona
With Barcelona Cathedral visible from its windows, Colon Hotel Barcelona boasts a fabulous location at the entrance to Barri Gothic, steps away from Museu Picasso and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Guests can choose to step out into the bustle of the city, enjoy gourmet dishes at the hotel’s restaurant, soak up the sun and admiring the Cathedral’s intricate ornaments on a panoramic terrace, relax in a spa, or enjoy the luxurious rooms, which hosted such big names as Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Jean Paul Sartre, Sofía Loren, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola, and Joan Miró. All is possible in Colon Hotel Barcelona, providing outstanding hospitality since 1950s.

Located within the City Center.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel: take a Rodalies Barcelona train R1, R3, or R4 to Catalunya Station 700 m from the hotel.

Royal Passeig de Gracia
In the inspiring proximity of Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Royal Passeig de Gràcia is located in the bustling shopping street Passeig de Gràcia. The guest can enjoy the view of this charming neighborhood from a rooftop lounge. This smart hotel combines luxury and modernity to provide its guest with all desired comforts and facilities. The Gràcia district lined with butling cafes and charming shops is just round the corner.

Located within the City Center.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel: take Barcelona Metro line L5 to Diagonal Station 400 m from the hotel.

 

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Hotel Palace GL Barcelona
Royal extravaganza complete with a marble staircase; ornate crystal chandeliers, canopy beds, and draped velvet curtains, located a few steps away from La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia. Hotel Palace GL will amaze even the most discriminating guests enticing them with its two excellent restaurants, The Caelis Restaurant boasting 1 Michelin star, the Bluesman Cocktail Bar, the Mayan Spa and the Diana Garden: a romantic secret garden on the roof of Hotel Palace GL with Mediteranean plants, fragrant pergolas, fountain, a swimming pool, and a panoramic view of the city.

Located within the City Center.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel: take a Rodalies Barcelona train R1, R3, or R4 to Catalunya Station 600 m from the hotel.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Concealed within the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, Mercer Hotel Barcelona is an intimate luxurious accommodation built among Roman fortifications and medieval arches. The decor of the hotel shows off its historical architecture incorporating exposed brick walls and wood beam ceilings into the modern comfortable rooms. Interior courtyard with orange trees is a calming place to sit after a day in the city bustle, and the terrace plunge pool is the perfect place to admire the landscape spreading over the artistic patchwork of Barcelona’s rooftops.

Located within the City Center.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel: take Metro Barcelona line L3 to Liceu Station 700 m from the hotel.

Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection, A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel
The aura of 19th century Barcelona’s manufacture creates an exciting interior of this unique hotel located in the former headquarters of the Association of Cotton House Manufacturers; a short walk away Plaza de Catalunya. The iconic building houses elegant and tranquil rooms, a chic restaurant and bar, a spiral staircase still retaining its 50s psychedelic style, and a small library. The guests can take a rest in one of stylish common areas, among lush vegetation of the hotel’s conservatory, or enjoy tapas with a drink by the pool on the hotel’s sunny terrace.

Located within the City Center.

From Barcelona Sants to the hotel:  take a Rodalies Barcelona train R1, R3, or R4 to Catalunya Station 600 m from the hotel.

 

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More info about travel to Barcelona, Spain


sneltrein_152At the train station

Barcelona Sants is the main railway station located in Sants-Montjuïc, a district west of the city center. The station operates long distance and fast trains as well as Barcelona’s commuter trains Rodalies de Catalunya. The station is also linked to Sants Estació Metro Station.
Services: Tourist Office, Left Luggage, Lost Property, Shopping and restaurants, Car rental, Parking.

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Discover Barcelona

On foot: Despite Barcelona’s size, most (but by no means all) of the city highlights are within walking distances in the city center. Strolling along La Rambla you are bound to pass Palau Guel and La Boqueria Market, go further into Passeig de Gracia and you’ll see Gaudi’s La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. East of La Rambla you’ll discover the old town and the Gothic Quarter with Barcelona’s Cathedral and Museu Picasso.

By bike: The capital of Catalonia has young but boisterous bicycle culture offering integrated bicycle paths through the city’s parks and open spaces. The growing number of bike rentals, bicycle paths and cyclists in Barcelona has earned the city an occasional spot among bicycle friendliest cities. However, the habits of Barcelona’s drivers die hard, so you may want to consider wearing a helmet.

By metro: Metro Barcelona runs 8 color-coded lines providing easy and accessible transportation around the city. The network is supplemented by 3 urban line operated by FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat). Maps are easily accessible and transparent. You can take a look here.

By train: Barcelona’s commuter rail service, Rodalies de Catalunya runs 8 underground lines in Barcelona’s metropolitan area complementing Barcelona’s public network with fast and easy transportation. See how Rodalies Barcelona is integrated into the public transportation network and where it can take you here.

By bus: Barcelona’s 1000 low floor buses cover 80 routes in the city, getting you anywhere you want. More information on how to ride a bus in Barcelona can be found here.

Montjuïc funicular: Barcelona’s cable car  departs from Barcelona Metro Parallel Station and ascends the hill of Montjuïc to Park Montjuïc. From there you can continue up the hill to Montjuïc Castle with Montjuïc Cable Car or walk down towards Placa d’Espanya through the winding paths of the hill’s gardens, passing by the Olympic Stadium, Museum National d’Art de Catalunya, Fundacio Miro, the Spanish Village Poblo Espanol, or the Magic Fountain. Montjuïc Cable Car is not integrated in the public transportation ticket and requires a separate fee.

Transports Metropolitas de Barcelona offers a variety of integrated travel cards for all of the above. You can check the details here.
Single tickets are for bus, metro and funicular only and cost €2.15.

By taxi: Taxis are easily available and recognizable in Barcelona due to their yellow and black livery. With a minimum fee of €7, they charge €1.30 per km.

 

Best time to go
May and June, September and October to enjoy warm weather in a slightly off-peak season (although it is never really an off-peak in Barcelona)
July to experience the sweltering Catalan summer and take a dip in the ocean.
Avoid August as the locals flee the overcrowded city to enjoy holidays.

Language spoken
Spanish and Catalan.

Weather forecast
Check the weather forecast here.

Barcelonés proudly sustain the tradition of free Sundays, so prepare yourself for closed shops, malls, and even some of the restaurants. Stock supplies and plan a day on the beach or a trip outside the city.