Barcelona

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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.

Cultured yet trendy, Barcelona is one of Europe’s great cities. The Mediterranean Sea is just minutes from the center, its streets are filled with Modernist and Gothic treasures and the food is simply divine. Shop in bustling markets, take a stroll through the old city, stay up late and party with the locals and visit one of the city’s many world-class museums and galleries.

Be wowed by Barcelona’s eye-catching collection of architecture. Start in La Rambla, the famous tree-lined pedestrian street, which features flower stalls, sidewalk cafés, creative buskers and interesting shops, before delving in to the labyrinthine alleys of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). Among the 14th-century buildings sit treasures such as the spectacular Santa Maria del Mar Church and the grand Barcelona Cathedral, where gargoyles peer down from the ornate façade.

Spend some time in the Museu d'Història de Barcelona. Its exhibits bring to life the city’s long history. The impressive building is located on Plaça del Rei, where concerts are often held.

It is impossible not to notice the artistry visible in Barcelona’s public spaces. Gaudí, Picasso and Miró have left their indelible marks on the Catalan capital in monuments including the fantastical twisting turrets of La Sagrada Familia cathedral and the fantastical modernist sculptures and mosaics adorning Park Güell. Barcelona-born Joan Miró is honored in the Fundació Joan Miró while Picasso’s works are on display at the Museu Picasso.

To enjoy Barcelona’s nightlife like a true local, don’t even consider going out until midnight. Start with a late dinner in one of the city’s fabulous restaurants. Opt for acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants or venture into El Born to find tiny tapas bars heaving with hip locals. Discover everything from jazz venues to nightclubs pumping out techno, or sip cocktails in alfrescobars.

Barcelona is one of Europe’s aviation hubs and welcomes flights from around the world. Explore the city on foot to really soak up the architecture and get to know the locals. Among the best places to people-watch are at the city’s busy markets such as La Boqueria.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Best Western Plus Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto
Best Western Plus Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto
4 out of 5
Mercabarna Franca, Barcelona, 08040
The price is AU$204 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast and the property ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (980 reviews)
"This was a very nice hotel and we enjoyed our stay. We had 1 dinner, 2 breakfasts, and 1 room service order during our stay and all of those experiences were very positive and the food was delicious. The room was very clean and comfortable. We didn't love the king bed being two twin beds combined, ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2022

Best Western Plus Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto
Barcelona Airport Hotel
Barcelona Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Plaza de la Volateria, 3, Poligono Mas Blau, El Prat de Llobregat, 08820
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$251 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in El Prat de Llobregat. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,455 reviews)
"We arrived in the middle of the night to comfortable beds and air conditioning. The shuttle to the airport the next morning was very convenient."

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

Barcelona Airport Hotel
Barceló Raval
Barceló Raval
4.5 out of 5
Rambla del Raval, 17-21, Barcelona, 08001
The price is AU$241 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the property condition ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Loved the decor, the smell, the pillow selections, the delicious breakfast, the friendly and informative staff and especially the HUGE shower!"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2022

Barceló Raval
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.
Sonder Casa Luz
Sonder Casa Luz
3.5 out of 5
Ronda Universitat, 1, Barcelona, Barcelona, 08021
The price is AU$214 per night from 20 Jul. to 21 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a terrace. Popular attractions Placa de Catalunya and Casa Batllo are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (116 reviews)
"The gal at the front desk was so helpful. She was accommodating and resourceful and help me a lot. I think her name was Miranda or Melina"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2022

Sonder Casa Luz
Cosmo Apartments Sants
Cosmo Apartments Sants
3.5 out of 5
Passeig de Sant Antoni, 30, Barcelona, 08014
The price is AU$274 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (120 reviews)
"Most of all I liked the location. It is only a few minutes away from the train station. Very convenient."

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2022

Cosmo Apartments Sants
Citadines Ramblas Barcelona
Citadines Ramblas Barcelona
3 out of 5
La Rambla, 122, Barcelona, 08002
The price is AU$289 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Barcelona. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,244 reviews)
"Excellent location, nice personnel"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2022

Citadines Ramblas Barcelona
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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