As the capital of Catalonia and a former Olympic city, Barcelona is as global as it is a bastion of regional culture. With famous art collections, a wealth of outdoor markets and parks, and a delectable local cuisine, you'll find plenty of opportunities to relax and explore while in town. Discover all this fascinating city has to offer when you book a room at one of our boutique hotels in Barcelona, where the rooms are well-appointed and the staff is ready and waiting with helpful tips.
Barcelona is a highly walkable city with attractions tucked inside winding cobblestoned alleys and unexpected plazas that emerge suddenly between classical buildings. Begin your visit by taking a stroll through the Gothic Quarter, Ciutat Vella, where you'll find the somber but impressive Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, the Guell Palace, the Picasso Museum and La Rambla, a wide, pedestrianised boulevard filled with shops and street performers.
For more artistic and historical adventures in other areas of the city, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat are both musts. Here you'll find everything from Spain's best contemporary art to its ancient history. Head to the the Fundació Joan Miró, a museum as known for its innovative modern architecture as it is for the art on its walls. Or, for a taste of Gothic construction, the Sagrada Familia will impress even the most discerning architecture aficionado.
If you're looking to get outside, there's no better spot than Parc Güell. Designed by renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi, the park's many different paths wander up the main hill, winding past fanciful sculptures, mosaics, serpent benches, supportive columns shaped like tree trunks and secret stone nooks. Alternatively, take a dip at Barcelona's numerous beaches, including Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià and Sant Miquel, to name just a few. Bike paths are plentiful along the shoreline, so pack a picnic and pedal to your destination.
Looking for a good dose of retail therapy? El Portal de Àngel provides an ample array of new shops, while Maremagnum and L'illa curate more of a mall experience. For sports fans, an FC Barcelona match should definitely be on the itinerary, as should a trip to the Olympic Sport Museum. When the lights go down, Barcelona has much to offer. Enjoy cuisine sourced from around the world, or a traditional Catalan menu of the day, which generally features three courses. The Barceloneta and Gothic quarters, Eixample Esquerra and El Born are all full to the brim with restaurants ranging from cheap eats to five-star sophistication. No matter what cuisine you go for tonight, be sure to try a good paella before you leave for an example of how to do it right. Once you're finished dining, find a good pub crawl for a night-time tour of the city, head to a tapas or shots bar, or take in some jazz at a nearby music club.
The main Barcelona Airport welcomes visitors from across the world, and the city is also well-connected via high-speed rail and bus. Delight in all that this dynamic city has to offer when you stay in a boutique hotel in Barcelona, where the staff are available 24-hours a day just like the city's revelers. With world-class amenities and well-appointed rooms, you'll be sure to make the most of your stay when you book.