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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 £22 per night

This weekend

From £48 per night

Next weekend

From £48 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit July–September
Local currency € 10 = £9.06
Language Spanish
Average weekend price £90 per night
Average weekday price £92 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Barcelona reviews

What other travellers say about Barcelona


Due to the pandemic, the city was empty of tourists, which...

16 October 2020

Due to the pandemic, the city was empty of tourists, which we really liked, there are no crowds. Unfortunately, some of the sights have very limited working hours to visit in terms of hours and days and we did not have the opportunity to visit them. I recommend all travelers to get acquainted with the working hours of the sights, as well as the funiculars, so as not to be unpleasantly surprised.

Ivet Bulgaria

Worth a short visit.

13 October 2020

Worth a short visit. Gaudi's Park Guell and his buildings are gems. The rest of it is just a big, busy city with , to be honest, mediocre shoreline but great shopping. Las Ramblas is a total letdown with disgusting pub food and cheap souvenirs. Local food is overpriced and not great, better go to southern Spain for that. I'm glad I visited, but will not go back.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Overvalued city with a few nice areas to discover.

12 October 2020

Overvalued city with a few nice areas to discover. Compared with Madrid, Madrid has from Architecture point of view much nicer historical buildings then Barcelona. Don't carry your valuable stuff visible with you. Hold your mobile phone properly if you don't want to say goodbye to it while in public and carry your backpack infront of you always visible. To many bandits on the street of Barcelona compared to other cities in Spain! Overall a good experience.

Shaik Roland
Shaik Roland Spain

Barcelona is one of my all time favorite cities - so...

4 October 2020

Barcelona is one of my all time favorite cities - so interesting & so much to do. I have been twice now and still have many things on my wish list to see and do... Will no doubt be back again as I absolutely love the place. Could consider moving to Barcelona to live & work its that good.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Taking into account the Covid Pandemic, we felt very safe in...

26 September 2020

Taking into account the Covid Pandemic, we felt very safe in Barcelona. It is the law to wear a face mask at all times when outside, in shops etc. The only time you can remove your facemask is to eat. There are hand sanitisers at the doorway to every shop / cafe and you have to use them on entry and exit. The tourist parts of Barcelona were very quiet, which suited us. Obviously, Barcelona would have been much busier and more of the museums & other tourist 'attractions' open but we still were able to see nearly everything we wanted to. We loved Barcelona and recommend it. We plan to go back as soon as we can. Muchos Gracias Barcelona!!


A city of love and life.

18 September 2020

A city of love and life. Visited FCB stadium and went for a sailing ⛵️ boat tour from port Vell. Both of those were fabulous. Used Public transport and Cabify and both were excellent. Surprisingly got a Bangladeshi Restaurant named “Modhur Canteen”- Never had such a good quality Bangladeshi food in Europe. Wanna visit Messi’s city again.

Ipsita United Kingdom

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