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Barcelona
Travel Guide

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Modernist art and Gothic architecture create a stunning backdrop in the Catalan capital, where sublime food and a sophisticated nightlife scene await.

Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for a city break. It’s easy to be captivated by its charms the minute you set foot on its vibrant streets. And by foot is definitely the best way to explore this relatively flat, compact city, although there is an excellent public transport system to whisk you around efficiently to all the major sights.

One of Barcelona’s biggest draws is its world-famous architecture, crowned by the extraordinary buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí. The Sagrada Familia, his outstanding masterpiece, has become a worldwide symbol of the city. The fairytale towers of the basilica can be seen from all directions and offer wonderful panoramas from the top. Several of the lavish mansions he created for Barcelona’s high society are open to the public, including Palau Güell, built for his patron, who also lent his name to the weird and wonderful Park Güell, home of the famous mosaic-encrusted lizard fountain which has become one of Gaudí’s most recognisable images.

The main artery of the old town is Las Ramblas, a leafy pedestrian promenade lined with shops and restaurants which buzzes with life day and night. From here it’s easy to explore the Gothic Quarter, stopping to pay your respects to Saint Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona, in the atmospheric 14th-century Barcelona Cathedral.

Head to Port Vell, the old port, at the southern end of Las Ramblas and ride the cable car to Montjuïc. This airy country park offers a host of attractions, including the fascinating Poble Espanyol, a living museum of traditional Spanish architecture and cuisine.

Barcelona is a culture vulture’s dream come true. Check out priceless works of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century in the neo-Baroque Palau Nacional, or visit the Picasso Museum to view one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of paintings and sculptures by the legendary Spanish artist, who spent his childhood in the city. Book a ticket for a concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana and enjoy world-class music-making in this fabled modernist masterpiece, then head for the clubs and bars of the old town to keep the party going into the early hours.

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Where to stay in Barcelona

Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
The price is AU$190 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this spa hotel is steps away from Placa del Rei and Barcelona Cathedral. Palau de la Musica Catalana and La Rambla are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)
"Perfect location! Walking distance to many of the best attractions in Barcelona. The hotel staff was wonderful. The rooms were clean and fully stocked with toiletries, coffee/tee and Mini bar. A sangria at the roof top bar is a must. The views are amazing."

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2020

Hotel Colón Barcelona
H10 Madison
H10 Madison
4.5 out of 5
C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
The price is AU$202 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,027 reviews)
"Perfect location and great service and best staff"

Reviewed on 20 May 2021

H10 Madison
H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona
The price is AU$209 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Passeig de Gracia, and Placa de Catalunya. El Corte Ingles ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"Great location to major attractions and food choices. Also very quiet for a good night sleep. Staff are friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2021

H10 Cubik
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
3 out of 5
Avenida Diagonal, 578, principal, Barcelona
The price is AU$97 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. La Rambla and Sagrada Familia are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...
4.3/5Excellent! (153 reviews)
"It is an excellent location. The staff were very responsive. Easy to check in and the apartments provided information about airport pickup. Couple of things to keep in mind if you are traveling with a family of 4 like we did. An extra roll away bed will cost you 36 Euros/day. Wi Fi is a little slow ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2019

Kiwidestiny Apartments & Suites
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
3 out of 5
Passeig de Gracia, 115, Barcelona
The price is AU$141 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Gracia, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia, Casa Mila and Rambla de Catalunya. Casa Batllo and Hospital Clinic ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Wonderful stay
"Wow, what a fantastic stay and service"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Click&Flat Europa Fira Apartments
Click&Flat Europa Fira Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Enric Morera , 5, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Located in El Port, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Gran Via 2 and Fira Barcelona. Camp Nou and Poble Espanyol are also within 2 miles ...
4/5Very Good! (41 reviews)
Nice apartment in a nice neighbourhood
"The overall rating for our stay is very good. The apartment is in a nice neighbourhood with big supermarkets, nice restaurants and metro station nearby. The apartment has three bed rooms which served our needs as we are a family of four. Kitchen is well furnished even for Asian cooking. Plus point ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2019

Click&Flat Europa Fira Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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