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Barcelona
Travel Guide

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

W Barcelona
W Barcelona
5 out of 5
Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$373 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

Located in Barceloneta, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Port Cable Car, Barceloneta Beach and Port Vell. Barcelona Aquarium ...

4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)

"Unique views of Barcelona, highly recommended property. Well equipped room and very comfortable. Staff very helpful and friendly. Would have loved some more toiletries in room."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2021

W Barcelona
Negresco Princess
Negresco Princess
4.5 out of 5
Roger de Lluria, 16-18, Barcelona
The price is NZ$104 per night from 14 Mar. to 15 Mar.

Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casa Calvet, Teatre Museu El Rei de la Magia and Tivoli Theatre. Espai Volart and Jardines ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,041 reviews)
Geat Hotel

"Lovely hotel with excellent friendly staff. Roof terrace is great to have a drink after a long day. Will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2020

Negresco Princess
Barceló Sants
Barceló Sants
4 out of 5
Plaza Dels Paisos Catalans S/n, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$111 per night from 21 Mar. to 22 Mar.

Located in Sants-Montjuic, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc and Venetian Towers. Sants Station is only a 2-minute walk and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (977 reviews)
Best stay

"One of the best hotels we have stayed in. Will definitely go back for a longer stay."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2020

Barceló Sants
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Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Capri by Fraser Barcelona
4 out of 5
Sancho de Avila 32-34, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$96 per night from 12 Mar. to 13 Mar.

Located in Sant Marti, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museu de la Musica and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. Torre Glòries and Arc de Triomf are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (772 reviews)

"Self contained units with all necessities at your disposal. Nice decor. Good wifi"…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Capri by Fraser Barcelona
Duquesa Suites
Duquesa Suites
4 out of 5
Plaça Antonio López 5, Barcelona
The price is NZ$142 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

This family-friendly Barcelona aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Pompeu Fabra University and Port Vell. La Rambla and Barcelona Cathedral ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (542 reviews)

"The staff are excellent. They had free tea and coffee on the terrace"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Duquesa Suites
Arai Aparthotel
Arai Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Avinyó, 30, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$249 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

Located in Gothic Quarter, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of La Rambla and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Palau Guell and Barcelona Cathedral are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (774 reviews)

"Great location and beautiful rooms!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

Arai Aparthotel
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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