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Cultures melt together in Barcelona, a lively metropolis of mesmerising architecture, medieval streets and top museums on the coast of Catalonia. Its most celebrated figure, Antoni Gaudí, takes all the credit for the city’s most outstanding monuments. From the twisting facade of stone-hewn Casa Milà to the monumental Sagrada Familia, the work of this world-famous architect can be found all over the city.

In the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find centuries-old tapas bars set among old haunts and a gargoyle-adorned cathedral. Fill up on staples like ground-beef stuffed croquettes and salt-cod fritters under this dramatic backdrop, and wash it all down with a glass of fruity Rioja. Nearby, an amble along the lively, tree-lined promenade of La Rambla will bring you to the coast, where the crowds start to thin out.

Find a slice of beach in Barceloneta or a shady patch of grass in Parc de la Ciutadella, and soak up the year-round sunshine. Alternatively, take a stadium tour of Camp Nou, or climb Carmel Hill for sweeping views and the iconic mosaics of Park Güell – another of Gaudí’s fantastical creations.


From £23 per night

Next weekend

From £52 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit November–January
Local currency € 10 = £8.67
Language Spanish
Average weekend price £75 per night
Average weekday price £66 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Best city in Spain.

8 June 2017

Best city in Spain. You can find mountains and see almost next to each other. The city contain a lot of sights, for example Sagrada Familia, Güel Park... Worth to explore it! The Hotels are quite expensive...You have to book a hotel/hostel in time (3-4 month before your trip).

Zsolt Hungary

I loved Hotel Cortes in Barrio Gotic.

23 April 2017

I loved Hotel Cortes in Barrio Gotic. It was perfect. Right in the center of everything. You had Ramblas on the right when you walked outside and Centro Cataluyna to your left with every shop and eating place just steps away. The Hotel staff was wonderful! Between Andres hospitality(don't let his serious demeanor distract you because as soon as you talk to him he's just the best!) to June's smiles and amazing cappuccinos I couldn't have asked for better. Yes this is not a "luxury" Hotel but OMG it is suuuuuuuuper clean, the staff does Everything to make your stay amazing, the rooms are super comfortable the hot showers are amazing because the shower pressure is great, and I absolutely love city views and life so the views were absolutely amazing looking down the Barcelona city streets. Yes at night it's a tad bit noisy but if you don't like the city don't stay in a city hotel lol Anyways, I will be back and I will be staying here. Love this city and the prices of the leather and clothes is unbeatable! Well, at least if you're from the states lol. Hope this helps!

Yoleen United States

Beautiful hotel, we arranged to stay here for my partners...

13 December 2016

Beautiful hotel, we arranged to stay here for my partners 50th birthday. Room was clean and the bathroom had the most stunning shower. Upon arrival we were early but this wasn't a problem as we were able to put our bags in safely until our room as ready. The staff were very polite and informative. We were offered a glass of cava, juice or water. The hotel breakfast is plentiful, although felt a little over priced, we only had this on the morning of my partners birthday. However the staff brought over a surprise glass of bubbly each and a cake with a candle, wishing him a happy birthday. Nice touch. The hotel is situated close to the harbour, with plenty of bars and restaurant. Easy walking distance to The Ramblers and many other attractions. The only downside was I did specify a room with a view, but a little disappointed with a view of scaffolding and two fully laden skips below due to next door renovations which was a little noisy early in the mornings. Overall I would definitely stay here again.

Tracy United Kingdom

The whole place was lovely.

15 October 2016

The whole place was lovely. Thankfully hotel Barbara was a one night stopover prior to a cruise from Barcelona. On our return we stayed at Hotel Espana for 5 days- what a contrast ! Gorgeous hotel, super room, super service and very nice people. 10/10

Howard United Kingdom

The city is immaculate.

30 August 2016

The city is immaculate. The people were helpful and friendly. It could have been cooler but we expected it to be hot in August! We ate near our wonderful hotel Olivias Balma and they were great! We saw Sacra Familia. I think that the authorities need to work on crowd control. The streets we almost unpassable and with no room to move. There should have been more shade andfences.

Caroline United States

I was traveling with someone who has a disability so walking...

9 August 2016

I was traveling with someone who has a disability so walking too much was the negative of this trip. Barcelona was the port we left to and from for our Mediterranean cruise. We primarily used taxis for the airport & port, as well as one of the hop on and hop off buses to get around the city (bought tickets directly at one of the hotels). When we stayed on Rambla de Cataluyna, it was a shopping district so couldn't find nearby supermarkets. Bakeries and cafes, yes. Hotel staff helped us find a convenient ATM around the corner. La Rambla did have supermarkets where we could find fresh fruit. However staying on La Rambla is way too noisy at night if you don't have ear plugs. We recommend touring Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia. You will be amazed! So much talent! Fascinating! Casa Batllo doesn't have elevators though if you have a disability. My mom went only up a couple floors and didn't go to the roof. You can buy tickets on the Hop on and Off bus (Barcelona City Tours-red bus) for Sagrada Familia and other tours. I don't have many tips for finding bathrooms. In Italy it was more acceptable for you to buy something from a cafe or restaurant and be able to use the toilet. Not what we experienced in Barcelona. Obviously watch your belongings-money, passport. We wore anti-theft over-the-shoulder bags that we specially bought. Everything I had read said be very careful, especially on La Rambla. As such, we didn't have any problems.

Mary United States

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