0.4 miles from city centre
Ciutat Vella (‘old city’) is comprised of several neighbourhoods - El Barri Gòtic, El Raval, El Born and Barceloneta (all detailed here in separate descriptions). As a whole, the district’s characteristic features are narrow, winding streets that reach from Las Ramblas to the coastline.
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0.4 miles from city centre
L’Eixample’s large, grid-like avenues (modelled after New York) are easy to navigate. Passeig de Gràcia (at the centre) is a tourist hot-spot, with Gaudí's Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, and Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller in easy reach. Carrer Balmes is a safe and tolerant area for travellers of all persuasions.
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1.3 miles from city centre
There’s a youthful energy in this dynamic area. Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça del Sol and Plaça de Rius i Taulet, are charming squares to relax and people-watch. Take a stroll through Gaudí’s Park Güell, with its unusual architectural spaces that offer wonderful views of the city.
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1.4 miles from city centre
This district retains a lot of its traditional character. Tourist hot-spots surround Montjuïc Hill, next to Plaça Espanya. Visit the Joan Miró Foundation and Catalonia National Art Museum (MNAC) in the Palau Nacional. The 17th-century Montjuïc Castle stands on the hill, or enjoy the colours of the Magic Fountain below.
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1.7 miles from city centre
Accessible only via train or bus, this primarily residential district has a range of local restaurants. For families travelling with younger children, the CosmoCaixa science museum offers a range of exhibitions. At the furthest edge of the district is Les Planes, an outdoor picnic area.
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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.
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|Most popular time to visit||June–August|
|Cheapest time to visit||March–May|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.91|
|Average weekend price||£116 per night|
|Average weekday price||£120 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
The food is amazing, you don't have to leave the city to have a wonderful stay. Public transportation is abundant and super easy to use. We have been to several European cities and Barcelona is far and away our favorite. Value wise, nothing can touch it. To to it all off there is a beach.
While expensive to visit, the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona deserve the accolades they get. Don’t bother with the entry cost of La Pedrera because the interior sections open to the public are limited, but the entry cost for the Palau Guell, Casa Batilo and La Sagrada Familia will soon be forgotten once you get inside.
My heart remains in Barcelona :) In Barcelona it's not about what you will see, because trust me you'll see plenty of beauty(and we've seen it all via google before), but it's more about what you will FEEL. You have to feel Barcelona. Go up the hills in Gracia and take in the city view from above, it smells of flowers there. Wander the narrow streets in Gothic Quarter, visit MNAC area, head to Olympic park from there. Walk Barcelona through and through. I went there in February and it was warm and sunny throughout my entire stay. Would recommend grabbing some light jackets for the evenings, though.
One of the best cities in the world, architecture is splendid, the food is sublime and one can easily fall in love with this town. Be careful where you leave your bike, it can get stolen right in front of the police and they will do nothing. :(
A great place to get to know. This city is culturally diverse and has an absolutely endless variety of attractions. The obvious are the headliners such as Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera. But also the museums of art such Museo Picasso located in El born a great part of the Old City offering an endless variety of tapas bars, restaurants and shops which are constantly providing new and innovative fashion wear. Close to here is the Barcelona Cathedral and not far from here is the famous pedestrian street of La Rambla which runs from the centre of Barcelona Placa de Catalunya all the way to the Seafront area Placa del Portal de la Pau about 1.5 km. Don't miss the central produce market Mercat de la Boqueria with it's numerous tapas bars and tasting spots it is absolutely unique. This might whet your appetite for a Barcelona experience. If you get a chance, take it you won't be disappointed.
Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city which has a very good public transport system - this makes it very easy to get around when visiting the many attractions on offer. Also, mobile phone roaming makes it even simpler to search on Google Maps exactly where one needs to go. Restaurants are excellent as well local supermarkets.
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