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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Fira Barcelona, Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Placa d'Espanya and Magic Fountain ...
Located in Eixample, this apartment is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hospital Clinic, Casa Batllo and Placa d'Espanya. Magic Fountain of Montjuic and Casa Mila are ...
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Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Placa d'Espanya and Magic Fountain of Montjuic are also within ...
Located in Dreta de l'Eixample, this boutique pension is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Calvet, Palau de la Musica Catalana, and Placa de Catalunya. Casa Batllo ...
Located in Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Museu Blau and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sagrada Familia and Palau ...
Located in Dreta de l'Eixample, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museu Egipci and Casa Batllo. Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila are also within ...
Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Las Ramblas and Basilica de Santa Maria ...
Located in Dreta de l'Eixample, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatre Coliseum, Casa Batllo and Placa de Catalunya. Palau de la Musica Catalana and ...
Located in Barceloneta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Casino Barcelona and Port Olimpic. Barceloneta Beach and Mar Bella Beach are also within 15 ...
Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sant Pau del Camp, Refugi 307 and Rambla del Raval. Raval Cat and Columbus Monument are also ...
In every sense, Barcelona has become one of the hottest destinations in Spain. With its surreal architecture, designer boutiques, and contemporary cultural scene, this seaside city embodies a cosmopolitan vibe like no other. Cutting-edge performances take place in medieval quarters, and economic activity churns as people hit the beaches. Barcelona has a personality all of its own and despite being the most popular Spanish destination, its identity is quintessentially Catalonian.
It won't take long before you run into an example of what sets Barcelona apart. The Modernist movement (Art Nouveau's Iberian manifestation) takes its most spectacular form in the city's fantastic architectural creations, most famously Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the gothic cathedral which has been under construction since 1882. Bike it or bus it around to discover the urban tableau. Or, head to Parc Güell for an original and interesting park that offers more than just green space.
The painter Joan Miró another Barcelona native. The Miro Foundation holds the largest collection of his work anywhere. The famed Picasso Museum is also a must, as is the Dalí Museum in nearby Figueres. Take a walk down Las Ramblas, Barcelona's tree-lined thoroughfare, and spend some time with the unique human statues, a surreal form of living art.
Regional differences in Spain are pronounced and Barcelona is fiercely proud of its Catalonian roots. Manifested most obviously by language, the Catalonian identity has a long history that can be traced back to the ninth century. Banned under Franco, the Catalan language now flourishes, and has undergone an astounding resurgence in recent years.
This independent spirit infuses the city with life. From tall castellars (human towers) at festivals to fusion cuisine to rival Paris or New York, Barcelona is a creative and vibrant metropolis with one eye on the Mediterranean and the other looking toward the hills (try the funicular up to Tibidabo hill).
Late nights and into the dawn
Barcelona comes to life after the sun goes down. The Barri Gótic is Barcelona's oldest section, but it's also home to some of the trendiest bars. Mix with the locals in the La Raval neighborhood, eat tapas at sunset, and go clubbing until dawn. It's all on the agenda in a city where midnight is just the start of the evening.
Your Barcelona city tour can take you to bullfights in the Gothic Quarter, to Europe's biggest football stadium, or to a flamenco show. Come in June for the Sonar Festival and experience electronic music beyond measure.
Since hosting the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona has seen revitalization that has never slowed. It's a vibrant mix with new hip addresses and old markets with fresh produce. Its depth and complexity befit the capital of Catalonia and at the break of dawn, it may feel like the capital of the world.