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Barcelona
Travel Guide

Barceloneta Beach which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes

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.

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Where to stay in Barcelona

H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona
The price is NZ$173 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
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)
"Location location location. This hotel has just that. Central to subway, museums, shopping and areas of neighborhoods. Staff were friendly, professional and rooms updated. Roof top bar, pool and restaurant was a added bonus."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

H10 Cubik
H10 Madison
H10 Madison
4.5 out of 5
C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
The price is NZ$208 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
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! (1,049 reviews)
"Perfect location and great service and best staff"

Reviewed on 20 May 2021

H10 Madison
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
The price is NZ$204 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 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! (997 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
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 NZ$102 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 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 NZ$137 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 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
Aparthotel BCN Montjuic
Aparthotel BCN Montjuic
3 out of 5
Carrer de Sant Fructuos, 64-74, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$146 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Located in Sants-Montjuic, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poble Espanyol and Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Camp Nou and La Rambla are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (294 reviews)
"Very nice and helpfull staff. Hotel is new , modern and clean."

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Aparthotel BCN Montjuic
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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