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The Catalan capital is a thriving hub for culture and art, home to spectacular buildings and famous museums.

As many as 2.5 million people call Barcelona home, making it Spain’s second largest city as well as the capital of Catalonia. Here you’ll find packed tapas bars down narrow, winding side streets, whilst in the teeming squares, traditional dancers captivate the crowds. The dramatic cityscape is a delight to behold, influenced by modernist architect Antoni Gaudí across town.

You can see for yourself the impact Gaudí has had on this city, exploring his work by delving through his life and times. Start off at his first house, Casa Vicens, before ending up at his final magnum opus, Sagrada Familia. On your way, stop off at Park Guell and admire its mosaic terrace, from which you can look out across the city and the harbour.

The busy pedestrian streets make driving around the city difficult. The metro system and the bus lines serve the heart of town, while many prefer to bike to get around. However, the best way to see the city and all it has to offer is to head out on foot and take in the sights for yourself. Head for Las Ramblas in the centre of town, the central boulevard of which runs south from Placa de Catalunya Square all the way to the seafront. While enjoying the street entertainment, visit the flower stalls and souvenir shops all around. Stop off for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants, or at night, head to one of the lively bars you’ll find here.

North of here, you can see the Gothic District, home of the 14th century Barcelona Cathedral. The remains of the city’s patron saint Eulalia are kept here. With dozens of museums to explore, art lovers are spoilt for choice. Learn about the legendary 20th century Spanish artist at the Picasso Museum before heading back in time to the 14th century dockyards and visiting the Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim).

Head a little further afield and take a cable car to the top of Montjuic, where you can enjoy what’s on offer. See the Magic Fountain (Font màgica de Montjuïc) by the neo-baroque National Palace (Palau National), then enjoy the classic cuisine and the art at the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol).

Whether you want to enjoy the company of the locals, explore the depths of the sea at the Barcelona Aquarium or enjoy the lively Catalan culture at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, there’s something everywhere for you to enjoy.

Guide to Exploring Barcelona

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Barcelona Airport Hotel

Barcelona Airport Hotel

Plaza de la Volateria, 3, El Prat de Llobregat
of 5, from 1,205 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fira Barcelona, Casa Batllo, and Palau de la Musica Catalana. Placa d'Espanya and Magic Fountain of Montjuic are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Hotel Barcelona Universal

Hotel Barcelona Universal

Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona
of 5, from 3,001 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 167-room Barcelona hotel on Avenida Parallel is less than 1 kilometer from the Maritime Museum, La Ramblas and Old Town. The Paralel metro station is in front of the hotel.

AinB Born-Via Laietana

AinB Born-Via Laietana

Via Laietana 46 Principal 2ª, Barcelona
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ciutat Vella, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana and Barcelona Cathedral. Placa de Catalunya and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar are also within 10 minutes.

Sallés Hotel Ciutat del Prat

Sallés Hotel Ciutat del Prat

Av. Remolar, 46, El Prat de Llobregat
of 5, from 991 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in El Prat de Llobregat, Sallés Hotel Ciutat del Prat is a 6-minute shuttle ride from El Prat Airport, and within a 10-minute drive of such attractions as Fira Barcelona, Camp Nou, and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

BBarcelona Corsega Flats

BBarcelona Corsega Flats

Corsega , 225, Barcelona
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Eixample, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Hospital Clinic and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Placa de Catalunya are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Barcelona Princess

Hotel Barcelona Princess

Avinguda Diagonal 1, Barcelona
of 5, from 1,265 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Barcelona Princess is next to the Fórum, Barcelona's International Convention Center, a few minutes on foot from the beach. Guests can hop on the subway a block away and ride 20 minutes into downtown Barcelona, or catch the sightseeing bus that stops right by the door.

Ayre Hotel Rosellon

Ayre Hotel Rosellon

C/ Rosellón 390, Barcelona
of 5, from 643 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eixample, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital de Sant Pau, Sagrada Familia, and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Barceló Raval

Barceló Raval

Rambla del Raval, 17-21, Barcelona
of 5, from 1,360 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ciutat Vella, this hotel is steps from Rambla del Raval and Raval Cat. Boqueria Market and Las Ramblas are also within 10 minutes.

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