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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.

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Where to stay in Barcelona

Top hotels in Barcelona

H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$113 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

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! (976 reviews)

"Super séjour, accueil au top, magnifique hôtel. Je recommande !!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2020

H10 Cubik
Claris Hotel & Spa GL
Claris Hotel & Spa GL
5 out of 5
Pau Claris, 150, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$223 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia and Casa Batllo. Casa Mila and Rambla de Catalunya are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (986 reviews)

"Wonderful stay in the heart of Barcelona. Hotel is spotless and the service is impeccable. Will return..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Claris Hotel & Spa GL
Eurostars Grand Marina
Eurostars Grand Marina
5 out of 5
Moll De Barcelona S/n, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$189 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

Located in Ciutat Vella, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Rambla and Maritime Museum. Palau Guell and Port Vell are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"A nice but dated hotel in the marina. A short walk to shops and restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

Eurostars Grand Marina
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.

Holiday Rentals in Barcelona

Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
3.5 out of 5
61 Carrer de Sant Miquel, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
The price is NZ$201 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

Located in Barceloneta, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of San Sebastian Beach and Barceloneta Beach. Port Vell and Barcelona Aquarium are ...

4/5Very Good! (38 reviews)
Good times in Barcelonita

"Great location, great food nearby, super market and taxis available!!!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec. 2019

Uma Suites Barceloneta Beach
Arai Aparthotel
Arai Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Avinyó, 30, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is NZ$170 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

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
Hesperia Fira Suites
Hesperia Fira Suites
5 out of 5
Mare de Deu de Bellvitge 3, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
The price is NZ$128 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Fira Barcelona and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Camp Nou. Gran Via 2 and RCDE Stadium are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (903 reviews)
Great stay but...

"The website should disclose that the suites are in a separate building and in order to use Hotel facilities (pictured in the hotel website and guests have to pay extra. This is not fun to find out."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Hesperia Fira Suites
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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5 Feb. 2020

Next time I will come for 3 weeks so I have time to explore everything

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21 Dec. 2019

Such an artistic city with so much art visible on the streets. Had to do a bit more research to find the good food places but definitely worth a visit.

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14 Dec. 2019

The gothic quarter was lovely. The rest of the city was like any other big city in the world

3/5 - Okay

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12 Dec. 2019

As a person with breathing problems, it was hard to breathe as it smelled like smoke and cigarettes. Sagrada Familia is a must go and I enjoyed having lots of paellas. Be careful of pickpockets and driver's- they are scary.

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28 Nov. 2019

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