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Barcelona travel

Barcelona

City Guide

Barcelona is one of those few cities that you'll never get bored of returning to. There are a plethora of museums, theatres and art galleries to visit, and hundreds of sites of architecture and design to offer the visitor such as Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia. Watch the world go by in Las Ramblas, a pedestrian street with dozens of cafes, restaurants and markets as well as singers, dancers, puppeteers and living statues. Night owls will love this city too, as especially in summer, it's one non-stop fiesta!

Barcelona highlights

  • Barcelona highlights tickLa Sagrada Familia
    Under construction since 1882, famous artist and architect Antoni Gaudi's ginormous temple is as Gothic and twisted on the outside, as it is heavenly on the inside. We don't want to give too much away, but this is a monument you really don't want to miss poking your head into! Make sure you book yourself a time slot online to avoid loooong queues in the summer.
  • Barcelona highlights tickPark Güell
    Another must-see, this park on Carmel Hill (pictured as the larger image, above), overlooking the city looks like it's made of shards of candy. Full of mosaics, fun statues and heaps of shady spots to sit and admire the views, its best hit up before the heat of the day and the crowds arrive. Hats off to Gaudi again!
  • Barcelona highlights tickCamp Nou football stadium
    Home of FC Barcelona since 1957, this is a must-visit for any footy fans. With a capacity just shy of 100,000, it's said that the views from the top of the stalls of this stadium are enough to send you dizzy. Be sure to organise a tour if there are no matches on.
  • Barcelona highlights tickArt!
    More into your art than sport? Barcelona has more Gaudi-ness per square mile than anywhere else on Earth. There's also Museu Picasso in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Miro's colourful, sundrenched collection atop of Sants-Mont Juic hill, plus Barcleona Museum of Contemporary Art. Keep your eyes peeled for street art as you wander around El Raval... and there's even some Dali dotted around.
  • Barcelona highlights tickCasa Milà & Casa Batlló
    Designed and built by Gaudi in the early 19th Century, these Modernist masterpieces look like mansions that fell down the rabbit hole. Their curved edges, wobbly features and colourful stained glass are one of the ample things that make Barcelona's architecture so unique. They're located a five minute walk apart from one another in the centre of the city.
  • Barcelona highlights tickNightlife
    Barcelona is a 24-hour city. Year round, clubs such as Razzmataz stay open until breakfast, and summer gives way to festivals such as Sonar, Primavera and Benicassim. And when you're feeling tender the day after, there's always La Barceloneta beach to recover on. Pass the sangria!
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Barcelona Insider
Barcelona Insider | 4 days
Including three nights accommodation, transport, and a guide, this takes you off the beaten track to foodie havens, mind-broadening galleries and museums and the best local haunts.
From £474
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European Escapade tour
European Escapade | 25 days
Barcelona is just one of Europe's big cities you'll visit on this Contiki trip, alongside a bunch of fellow fun-loving travel addicts. Spend a month touring Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Florence, Switzerland and the French Riviera... to name just a few.
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Fiestas & Siestas | 12 days
Glistening shops and bars of Madrid? Check. Balmy summer evenings in Barcelona and Bilbao? Check. The endless pintxos bars and charming streets of San Sebastian? Check Throw in Zaragoza's awe-inspiring basilica, and a few nights in Portugal's insanely artsy capital. Lisbon, and you've got yourself your dream holiday.
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Barcelona's must-visit neighbourhoods

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The Gothic Quarter & El Born
Northeast of Las Ramblas lies the Gothic Quarter, an untouched pocket of the city housing romantic cobbled streets, dreamy towers, overhead bridges and the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. Prices are a little higher here so for food or drinks, head to the bars, cafes and galleries of El Born, nextdoor. Aloof and fashionably rebellious - with nighlife to match - this area cries out to be explored.
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El Raval
The area south of the all-singing, all-dancing Las Ramblas strip is home to skaters, hipsters and graffiti-sprayed plazas filled with art. So shady (literally - the lanes are so narrow here) it's cool, this area is full of bars and makes a great base for a weekend in Barcelona.
La Barceloneta beach
La Barceloneta
To the beach! Want that real Spanish holiday vibe? Dine on fresh seafood or sip sangria around Port Vell marina or lounge on the 3km sand beach, before snacking on local tapas 'til long after sundown.
Sants-Montjuïc
Sants-Montjuïc
This huge district is home to Sants-Montjuïc Hill, an amazing spot to hike or cable-car up and take in the views over Barcelona. Highlights here include Plaça d'Espanya and its Magic Fountain, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Olympic Stadium, Miró gallery and the CaixaForum. In summer, the area often hosts electronic music events and small festivals.

Our top Barcelona hotels and hostels

Generator Hostel Barcelona
With private twins, dorms and hotel rooms, Generator is situated in Barcelona's trendy district of Eixample, ie. the centre of all the action. Party at the Fiesta Gracia Bar or chill in the games space plus the hostel is just a 15-minute Metro ride from the beach.
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St. Christopher's Hostel
A stone's throw from Catalunya Metro station and five minutes from the square, this joint is a Glampacker's paradise. With girls only dowms, a bar, resutaurant and kitchen as well as bike rental and a garden, it's social and a saviour for the wallet.
From £10 pp for a dorm
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