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Set between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, Barcelona draws weekenders and families with its Modernist architecture, tapas bars, beaches and markets. The city's rich Catalan culture and wealth of museums make it a unique destination on Spain's northeast coast.

Barcelona: city layout
The heart of Barcelona is Plaça de Catalunya, a vast square dotted with fountains and ringed by hotels and department stores. You can visit the underground tourist office before strolling down iconic Rambla de Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia shopping street and pedestrianised Portal de l'Àngel.

Between Plaça de Catalunya and the Barceloneta beach area lies Ciutat Vella (Old Town) with its atmospheric El Raval and Barri Gòtic districts lined with tapas bars, pastry shops and boutiques. North and west of Plaça de Catalunya is the grid-like Eixample district, shot through by Avinguda Diagonal.

Top attractions in Barcelona
Antoni Gaudí's colourful Modernist masterpieces turn Barcelona into an outdoor gallery, from the Sagrada Família basilica to Park Güell with its mosaics, terraces and picnic spots. Art lovers can dig deeper in Raval's Museu d'Art Contemporani (MACBA) and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Montjuïc.

Looking for street life? You can wander down Las Ramblas past bird sellers and street performers, follow the medieval cobbled lanes of Barri Gòtic to the Cathedral, then stroll along the Port Olímpic marina where buskers entertain beachgoers. L'Aquàrium de Barcelona offers a glimpse of life below the waves, and a cable car up to Montjuïc is a fun way to see the city from above.

The concierge recommends…

  • Exploring side streets off Las Ramblas; you'll find tapas bars, cafés and boutiques.
  • A morning on Bogatell beach, followed by seafood in the Barceloneta.
  • Shopping from Plaça de Catalunya down posh Passeig de Gràcia; look out for Gaudí's Casa Batlló.
  • Montjuïc for its sweeping views of Barcelona, Fundació Joan Miró art gallery, Poble Espanyol model village and Font Màgica fountain show.
  • A concert in the art nouveau Palau de la Música Catalana or Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house.
  • Watching Barcelona FC play at Camp Nou stadium, or touring the football club's museum.

Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona and its suburbs have hotels to suit every budget and style, from family-friendly accommodation by the beach to trendy urban hotels around Plaça de Catalunya and El Raval.

Business travellers like to stay near Plaça de Espanya and the Fira Barcelona congress centre on Montjuïc mountain. The Poble Espanyol model village makes this area popular with families, too.

Want some beach time? It's a quick metro ride from up-and-coming Poblenou to Bogatell Beach. Here you can pick up a bicing bike – Barcelona's bike-share system – and pedal along the coastal cycle path before lunch.

Barcelona's efficient public transport makes it easy to get around. Peaceful Molins de Rei and Sant Cugat del Vallès are a 20- to 30-minute train ride from central Barcelona. Montmeló, off the AP-7 motorway, is home to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya race track.

Eating Out in Barcelona

Catalans are passionate about good food and wine. You can join the feast – or shop for a picnic – at La Boqueria Market off Las Ramblas, with its produce stalls, stand-up bars and fresh fruit juices. Another fun, historic food market is Santa Caterina near Barcelona Cathedral.

The cobbled lanes of Ciutat Vella, as well as the wide avenues around Plaça Catalunya, are lined with tapas bars serving pintxos (small portions) of tortilla de patatas (potato omelette), ensaladilla rusa (potato salad) and pata negra ham sliced straight from the bone.

El Raval is packed with halal restaurants, while Poblenou has seafood restaurants serving fresh langoustines and mussels in steaming paellas or hot from the parrilla (grill).

Tip: Catalans eat lunch between 2pm and 4pm, and dinner starts at 9pm or later. There are plenty of restaurants and hotels in Barcelona catering to visitors who prefer to eat earlier.

The chef recommends...

  • Paella: Although originally from Valencia, this classic rice dish takes on a Catalan spin in Barcelona's seaside restaurants. Try arròs negre, where squid ink turns the rice black.
  • Crema catalana: Like crème brûlée, this decadent dessert combines melt-in-your-mouth custard with a caramelised sugar topping.
  • Torrons: Traditionally eaten at Christmas, these sweet slabs of almond nougat come in various forms: moist torró xixona, marzipan-like torró de gema and brittle torró dur.
  • Escalivada: The perfect accompaniment to grilled seafood: chargrilled peppers, aubergines, onions and potatoes, often topped with anchovies or chopped garlic.

Shopping in Barcelona

You'll feel like a local shopping in Barcelona's covered markets with their colourful stalls and sellers, but there are plenty of department stores and malls too. International boutiques line the chic avenues of Eixample.

The flagship store of El Corte Inglés, Spain's most iconic department store, dominates Plaça de Catalunya along with FNAC, Apple and other big brands. You'll also find a branch of El Corte Inglés inside L'Illa Diagonal. Other top malls include Maremagnum in the Barceloneta, and Arenas de Barcelona in a former bullring in Plaça de Espanya.

You can window-shop luxury stores northwest from Plaça de Catalunya up Passeig de Gràcia, or head southeast down Portal de l'Àngel for street stalls selling artisan jewellery and crafts.

The cobbled streets of Barri Gòtic and El Raval are lined with bookshops, boutiques and pastelerías (pastry shops). Looking for souvenirs? The studios of Poble Espanyol in Montjuïc spill over with Catalan arts, crafts, jewellery and toys.

Best markets in Barcelona

  • La Boqueria: This historic market is Barcelona's quintessential food shopping experience – and great for picnic items.
  • Santa Caterina: Barcelona's first covered food market is no less vibrant than La Boqueria.
  • La Concepció: Between posh Passeig de Gràcia and the Diagonal, this covered market sells fruits, flowers and picnic-friendly items.
  • Els Encants: You can pick up vintage Catalan knick-knacks and clothing in this 14th-century market near Plaça de les Glòries.

Culture & Nightlife in Barcelona

Barcelona's strong Catalan culture sets it apart from other Spanish cities: in place of flamenco and bullfighting, you'll find locals joining hands for the Catalan national dance, la sardana, and building human towers known as castells.

Innovative cultural projects such as Art Factories – converted industrial spaces for exhibitions and events – join venerable institutions like the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Fundació Joan Miró and Museu Picasso.

High culture in Barcelona revolves around the Liceu opera house and Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana, which hosts concerts by international musicians as well as its own choirs.

Nightlife starts well into the night – clubs don't start hopping until 2am. But around 6pm, tapas joints in Ciutat Vella and trendy bars around Plaça Catalunya fill with locals relaxing with a chilled caña (small beer) and tapas. Many hotels have rooftop terraces where DJs provide a mellow soundtrack and trained “mixologists” shake cocktails – creative cocktail-making is one of the city's favourite pastimes.

To find out what's on in Barcelona, check BCN Més.

Barcelona's best nightclubs

  • The biggest and loudest nightclubs are in Port Olímpic, including legendary Opium Barcelona.
  • If you're staying near Montjuïc, La Terrrazza is the city's buzziest open-air club.
  • Young wild things can pick a hotel in Barcelona's Poblenou district near the five-room Razzmatazz club, which hosts live shows as well as techno and electro music.
  • Indie, rock, pop and electronic music are on the menu at the vintage Sala Apolo.

Visiting Barcelona with a Family

Barcelona is packed with kid-friendly attractions that are fun for adults, too, including parks, beaches and outdoor events. Family-friendly hotels and restaurants are the norm, and tapas menus offer small plates for fussy eaters.

You can spend a morning making sandcastles on the beach at Bogatell or Barceloneta, which have play areas, showers, calm waters and nearby cafés. You'll then be perfectly placed for a cable car ride up to Montjuïc with its Poble Espanyol model village and free Font Màgica water-and-light shows.

On Tibidabo, Barcelona's other mountain, lies Parc d'Atraccions Tibidabo, a vintage amusement park from 1889: think spinning cups, a house of horrors, bumper cars and an iconic 1928 flight simulator. Expect puppet shows and street theatre, along with occasional correfocs (firework parades).

Performing dolphins are the big attraction at Zoo de Barcelona, located in leafy Parc de la Ciutadella. Take a picnic and spend all day here paddling around the boating lake, climbing on the giant fountain and watching street performers at weekends.

Indoor family activities in Barcelona

During heatwaves and rainy days, Barcelona has plenty of indoor family attractions:

  • In the CosmoCaixa science museum, a planetarium, miniature Amazon rainforest and many interactive exhibits are squeezed into an impressive Modernist building.
  • A tour of the Camp Nou football stadium, home of FC Barcelona, and a visit to the Camp Nou museum? Squeals of delight guaranteed.
  • If rain stops play at the zoo, L'Aquàrium de Barcelona opens up a whole new world of animal life beneath the waves.

Latest Barcelona Hotel Reviews

Holiday in Barcelona
By Amo1
The accommodation and facilities were excellant for our needs. The rooms have decent firm beds and pillows. Not many hangers for two people though but managed. The staff were excellant!! Frendly [More] and informative. There was a strike when we were there and the staff were brilliant at advising us on alternative transport to the airport , as the Metro was closed and the majority of taxis were off the roads too. Would recommend this Holiday Inn to anyone. One gripe though coffee was terrable but I could live with that as plenty of decent coffee outside.Lol. [Less]
Stay at hie Barcelona
By Wils
Very friendly staff and clean hotel in good location [Less]
Wall paint
By Richie
The green paint on the wall front of lift doors and to the reception should be changed please [Less]
Nice hotel in a quiet location
By George22
This hotel is mostly for business travellers, as it is located near to an industrial park. However, it has everything that you need without any frills. I personally like Express hotel better than the [More] traditional ones for its simplified and basic amenities. Very high C/P ratio. [Less]
Great Stay!!
By Gary1610
Great Stay, friendly staff! The Bar Man/Waiter was fantastic, very attentive and made the perfect tasting Gin and Tonic. We ate at the Hotel evening meals and breakfast and all were tasty and [More] filling. We would highly recommend staying at this Hotel, but you will need a car as there is little or no public transport nearby. Thankfully we were on a driving and cycling holiday so had both with us. The Holiday Inn Express Barcelona - Molins de Rei could learn a lot from this hotel, both on the quality of the room, staff and food! [Less]
Business trip
By Wibble
Not that many facilities nothing locally either when trying to get essential items there was no stores to even get a battery. [Less]
Stay at Barcelona
By nayan
Please read my comments in survey. Hotel was good, I was not satisfied with the room provide as it was on the basement and near to the pool. [Less]
Gaudi Barcelona
By Yoppe
Barcelona, Barcelona!!! fabulous city. Clean, exciting, vibrant and so easy to get around. The Hotel is fabulous, clean, comfortable and everything has been thought of. The pool area is beautiful [More] and very relaxing after a long day walking and taking all the culture in. Please take note that it is advisable to book for the Sagrada Familia in advance. We unfortunately could not get tickets as all sold out. Amazingly comfortable bed and feather pillows on request. Loved it. [Less]
By Mickey
I had a lovely time at this hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was very nice and comfortable. I liked having a balcony to see the city life. My only complaint was that the internet [More] was extremely slow and I had some work to do. I ended up having to leave the property to send off some work that I had to email out. [Less]

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