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Guide to Barcelona

Millions of visitors are drawn to this Mediterranean city for its world-class attractions, cultural heritage and favourable climate. Never boring, Barcelona has something for everyone, making it a year-round top destination.

The capital of Catalonia is uniquely diverse. Each district tells a story, making the urge to explore unavoidable. On short visits, a bus tour is an excellent way to see the sights, but many can be seen on foot.

The top of the city’s most famous and shamelessly commercial street, La Rambla, is a good starting point when walking. Running 1.2 kilometres from the city to the sea, from here, plot a course throughout the kaleidoscopic city.

Turn off La Rambla to explore the winding streets and secluded squares of the medieval Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, where history and modernity live side-by-side. Walk the picturesque Passeig del Born, and enjoy the 14th and 15th century marvels such as the Santa Maria del Mar Church.

To sample the regional delicacies, venture from La Rambla, to the Boqueria, Cataluña’s largest and most vibrant food market. Experience a sensory overload from the stunning displays of produce and marketplace bustle. Many visitors to Barcelona make a pilgrimage for the modernist architectural works of Antoni Gaudí.

The spectacular Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) church draws the greatest crowd and has become a symbol of the city. See where Gaudí’s work stopped and successors continued and, if you have a head forheights, climb the towers for a closer look. Allow two hours to visit and beat the queues by buying advance tickets. Park Güell is another display of Gaudi’s imaginative work on a grand scale. Set over 42 acres (17 hectares), this remarkable hillside public park, combines nature and modern design. The park entrance is a steep 20 minute hike from the Metro, so take a taxi or bus if this isn’t manageable. Admission is free. With many attractions in one place, the hill of Montjüic is a popular tourist spot. Travel by cable car or public transport for the National Palace, Museum of Catalan Art, Montjüic Castle and the Olympic Stadium. Descend from a day of touring for the free evening Magic Fountain illuminations show at Plaça Espanyol. Catalan cuisine is historically influenced and extremely varied. Barcelona’s fortunate location benefits from the finest local produce from the surrounding sea and mountains with excellent seafood, fish, meats and cheeses. Enjoy tapas with a ‘caña,’ (draught beer) or glass of Cava (regional bubbly). Personalise your break to Barcelona. Football fans can catch the local team Barça (FC Barcelona) at their home ground, Barcelona Stadium, or simply take a tour and visit its museum. Music fans might appreciate the music festivals - Sonar and Primavera Sound; and fashionistas will lap up the excellent shopping areas. Rest assured, you won’t be bored in Barcelona.

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Barcelona Airport Hotel

Barcelona Airport Hotel

Plaza de la Volateria, 3, El Prat de Llobregat
of 5, from 1,196 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fira Barcelona, Casa Batllo, and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Placa d'Espanya and Magic Fountain of Montjuic are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Hotel Barcelona Universal

Hotel Barcelona Universal

Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona
of 5, from 2,996 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 167-room Barcelona hotel on Avenida Parallel is less than 1 kilometer from the Maritime Museum, La Ramblas and Old Town. The Paralel metro station is in front of the hotel.

AinB Born-Via Laietana

AinB Born-Via Laietana

Via Laietana 46 Principal 2ª, Barcelona
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ciutat Vella, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana and Barcelona Cathedral. Placa de Catalunya and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar are also within 10 minutes.

Sallés Hotel Ciutat del Prat

Sallés Hotel Ciutat del Prat

Av. Remolar, 46, El Prat de Llobregat
of 5, from 985 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in El Prat de Llobregat, Sallés Hotel Ciutat del Prat is a 6-minute shuttle ride from El Prat Airport, and within a 10-minute drive of such attractions as Fira Barcelona, Camp Nou, and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

BBarcelona Corsega Flats

BBarcelona Corsega Flats

Corsega , 225, Barcelona
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Eixample, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Hospital Clinic and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Placa de Catalunya are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Barcelona Princess

Hotel Barcelona Princess

Avinguda Diagonal 1, Barcelona
of 5, from 1,259 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Barcelona Princess is next to the Fórum, Barcelona's International Convention Center, a few minutes on foot from the beach. Guests can hop on the subway a block away and ride 20 minutes into downtown Barcelona, or catch the sightseeing bus that stops right by the door.

Ayre Hotel Rosellon

Ayre Hotel Rosellon

C/ Rosellón 390, Barcelona
of 5, from 641 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eixample, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital de Sant Pau, Sagrada Familia, and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Barceló Raval

Barceló Raval

Rambla del Raval, 17-21, Barcelona
of 5, from 1,358 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is steps from Rambla del Raval and Raval Cat. Boqueria Market and Las Ramblas are also within 10 minutes.

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