By Sally Underwood • 22 December 2021 • 20:03
Barcelona: The complete travel guide. Image: SBA73
But whether it´s your first time in the city or you´re a regular visitor, a travel guide to finding all those Barcelona hidden gems can always come in handy.
That´s why the Euro Weekly News has put together this easy-to-use Barcelona guide, giving you information on everything from the city´s must-see sights to its best hotels and even how to travel there on a budget.
The city has some of the best architecture, museums and parks in the world, and we have put together this guide to some of the must-visit sights for travel to Barcelona, including one for all the sports fans out there, the FC Barcelona Museum.
And of course no guide to Barcelona would be complete without mentioning one of the city´s most famous names, architect Antoni Gaudi, the mastermind behind some of the most beautiful- and unique- buildings in the world.
That´s why we have started with this roundup of the top 10 buildings to visit in Barcelona, including the best of the houses Gaudi designed in the city, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Palau Güell and Casa Vicens, and of course, his spectacular Basilica de la Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona is perhaps most famous for its stunning architecture and here is our pick of the city´s top 10 must-see architecture attractions when you travel there.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Barcelona´s most famous attraction. Commissioned in 1882, this Antoni Gaudi building was never finished in the architect´s lifetime and construction is still ongoing today.
Located in the Eixample district, its 18 famous spires will be a familiar sight to many but it´s the basilica´s ornate vaulted ceilings that also make this one of the world´s most loved architectural attractions.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm
Address: C / Mallorca, 401, 08013
Price: Tickets to the Sagrada Familia cost from €26 for adults, and discounts are available for students, children and over-65s.
Completely refurbished by Gaudi in 1904 as a private residence for textile manufacturer Josep Batllo i Casanovas, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on number 43 on Paseo de Gracia in the Eixample district, just down the road from the Michelin starred Moments Restaurant.
Originally built for Emili Sala Cortes in 1877, the building was bought by Casanovas in 1903 before he employed Gaudi to refurbish it.
Famed for its use of colour, this stunning building pays tribute to the legend of St George and the dragon, with the roof clearly shaped like a dragon´s back.
Open: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 6.30pm and Friday to Sunday from 9am to 8pm
Address: Passeig de Gracia, 43, 08007
Price: Tickets to Casa Batllo cost from €35 for adults but discounts are available for children, over-65s, the disabled and certain professions.
The beautiful Palau de la Musica Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908 as a concert hall.
Designed by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, this art nouveau building is the only concert hall of its architectural style to be given UNESCO-world heritage site status and is famed for its stunning rooms.
For those looking to get in some music while in Barcelona, the Palace of Catalan Music still functions as an auditorium, hosting concerts on everything from Vivaldi to Puccini.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 3.30pm
Address: C/Palau de la Musica 4-6, 08003
Price: Tickets to the Palau de la Musica Catalana cost from €12 for a self-guided tour and discounts are available for the disabled. Children under 10 visit for free.
Another Gaudi UNESCO World Heritage site, Casa Mila, known as La Pedrera (meaning ´the stone quarry´), was built between 1906 and 1912 and was the last private residence the architect designed.
The building was commissioned by Pere Mila and his wife Roser Segimon and is famous for its undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies designed by Josep Maria Jujol.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6.30pm
Address: Passeig de la Gracia, 92, 08008
Price: Tickets to Casa Mila cost from €24 for an adult and discounts are available for students, children, over-65s and the disabled.
Designed in 1886 by Gaudi for patron of the arts Eusebi Güell, this mansion contains a stunning great hall that was used by its owner for poetry readings and private concerts.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building was the home of the Güell i Lopez family until they moved to Park Güell.
This luxurious building is located on Nou de la Rambla in the Raval district and is well worth a visit.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm
Address: C/ Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001
Price: Tickets cost €5 but are free for teachers, journalists, and other groups. Entry is free on the first Sunday of every month.
Designed in the Modernisme style by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this beautiful home was built between 1898 and 1900 as a house for chocolatier Antoni Amatller.
Famed for its ridged facade, the building was worked on by some of the finest artists and craftsmen in Barcelona at the time, including sculptors Eusebi Arnau and Alfons Jujol.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Address: Passeig de la Gracia, 41, 08007
Price: Tickets to Casa Amatller cost from €12. Discounts are available for children and those under seven go free.
Founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada in 1326 for the Order of Saint Clare, the Monastery of Pedralbes is one of Barcelona´s oldest buildings and located on the slopes of the Sant Pere Martir.
The monastery was used as housing for a community of nuns, mostly members of noble families.
It is now a museum housing art from the convent.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6.30pm
Address: Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034
Price: Tickets to the Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes cost €5 for adults but discounts are available for children, over-65s, and the disabled. There are also several free open days at the convent.
Considered to be Gaudi´s first major design, Casa Vicens is the first house the architect created in Barcelona.
A Modernisme building commissioned by stock market dealer Manel Vicens y Montaner, it is located in the Gracia neighbourhood of Barcelona.
Built between 1883 and 1885, the building shows influences from Moorish architecture and is famous for its use of natural elements in its design.
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Address: Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, 08012
Price: Tickets to Casa Vicens cost from €16 for adults. Discounts are available for children, students, over 65s, the disabled. Children under 12 go free.
Nestled in the Gothic Quarter, construction of the Cathedral of Barcelona commenced in 1298 on the site of a Romanesque temple.
The work was carried out in three stages over 150 years and the gothic cathedral now receives three million visitors a year.
Famed for its neo-gothic style and raised high altar, the cathedral also contains a cross said to date from the time of the Battle of Lepanto in its side Chapel of the Holy Sacrament and of the Holy Christ of Lepanto.
Open: Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 6.30pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm
Address: Pla de la Seu, 08002
Price: Tickets to the Cathedral of Barcelona cost from €9. Children aged under 12 go free.
Built in 1999 by architects Carlos Ferrater and Josep Lluis Canosa, Barcelona´s botanical gardens follow a historical tradition in the city, with the first botanical gardens in Barcelona dating back to the 1500s.
Situated on the slopes of Montjuic Park, the Jardi Botanic de Barcelona offers visitors species of plants from five areas across the world as well as some stunning modern architecture.
The gardens also hosts several unusual species, including the Mexican Blue Palm.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm
Address: Carrer Doctor Font I Quer, 2, 08038
Price: Tickets to the Botanical Gardens cost €5 and discounts are available for those aged over 65 and large groups. Children under 16 and the disabled go free. Entry is free on Sundays from 3pm and on the first Sunday of every month.
Barcelona has some of the most famous museums in the world. And if you are planning to travel to Barcelona here are 10 of the best.
Containing 4,000 works by Pablo Picasso, this museum has an extensive collection of the artist´s early works.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003
Price: Tickets to the Picasso Muesum cost €17 for adults and discounts are available, including for students, over-65s and children. Entry is free the first Sunday of every month.
Sports fans will known Barcelona for being one of the world´s most famous cities for football.
Its team, FC Barcelona, is one of the most successful in the world, winning 75 national trophies since being founded in 1899.
Known as Barca, FC Barcelona competes in La Liga, the top level of Spanish football its stadium is Camp Nou.
Hosting some of the club´s most famous trophies, the FC Barcelona museum is located in the Camp Nou stadium and attracts 1.2 million visitors a year.
Open: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm
Address: C. d´Aristides Maillol, 08028
Price: Tickets to the FC Barcelona Museum costs from €26 for adults for a stadium tour and museum visit. Discounts are available for children under 11, over-70s and residents of Catalonia.
Founded in 1968 by Joan Miro, this modern art museum hosts some of the most famous works by the Spanish artist, as well as artist Andre Masson.
Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Address: Parc de Montjuïc, 08038
Price: Tickets to Fundacio Joan Miro cost €13 for adults and discounts are available for students and over-65s.
Located in Park Güell, this historic house museum contains objects designed by Antoni Gaudi, who stayed here between 1906 and 1925.
Address: Park Güell, Ctra. Del Carmel, 23A, 08013
Price: Tickets to the Gaudi House Museum the museum cost around €5.50.
This Italian-style palace museum houses Romanesque and Catalan art works from the 1100s to the 1900s.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm
Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, 08038
Price: Tickets to the Museum Nacional d´Art de Catalunya cost from €12 for an adult. Discounts are available for students. Children under 16 and over-65s go free.
Located in Barcelona´s Raval neighbourhood, MACBA offers art and exhibits from across the last century. It also has a library, bar, and themed visits led by artists.
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) opened to the public in 1995 and is now internationally famous for its contemporary art.
The history of the museum dates back to 1959, when art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer championed the idea of creating a contemporary art museum in Barcelona.
The museum now hosts work by artists including Ignsai Aballi and Anni Albers.
Open: Monday to Friday, 11am to 7.30pm, Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm
Address: Plaça dels Angels, 1, 08001
Price: Tickets to MACBBA cost €11 for an adult and discounts are available for children, over-65s and the disabled.
This museum and cultural centre located on Carrer d´Arago was created in 1984 by artist Antoni Tapies and mainly hosts a collection of his works.
It is housed in the building of the Montaner i Simon publishing house, designed by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 3pm
Address: C/ d´Arago, 255, 08007
Price: Tickets to Fundacio Antoni Tapies cost €8 for adults, while discounts are available for children and over-65s and children under 16 go free.
Everyone loves chocolate and Barcelona´s Museu de Xocolata offers visitors a look at the history of the sweet stuff, as well as activities and education services.
Created by the Barcelona Confectionery Guild and located in the former Sant Agusti monastery, the Chocolate Museum provides a journey through the history of chocolate.
Address: Carrer del Comerç, 36, 08003
Price: Guided tours to the Museu de Xocolata cost €7.50 for adults.
The headquarters of the Culture Institue and host to various exhibitions, the Virreina Centre de la Imatge is located on La Rambla, making it the perfect stop for anyone strolling along the famous street.
The building it is housed in the Virreina Palace, built between 1772 and 1778 for Manuel d’Amat i de Junyent by architect Carles Grau.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm
Address: La Rambla, 99, 08002
Price: Entry to the museum is free.
Offering around 300 modern works by Catalan sculptors, artists and photographers, the Museu Can Framis opened in 2009.
Can Framis has works on show dating from the 1960’s onwards and was originally owned by the Framis family.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm
Address: Carrer de Roc Boronat, 116, 126, 08018
Price: Tickets to Museu Can Framis. Fundaio Vila Casas cost €5 for an adult and discounts are available for students, over-65s and the disabled. Children under 12 go free.
If nature is more your thing, or you just want to cut down on the costs of some of Barcelona´s more expensive attractions, the city´s parks are some of the most beautiful in the world.
Here is our pick of the best five that are worth visiting when you travel to Barcelona.
One of Barcelona´s most famous attractions, Park Güell is an Antoni Gaudi masterpiece.
Built between 1900 and 1914, Park Güell is 17 hectares and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.
Entrance to the gardens is free, but tickets to Park Güell´s main attractions, including the Greek Theatre and Austria Gardens, cost €10 for adults.
The biggest park in Barcelona, Ciutadella houses Barcelona´s zoo and even offers rowing boat rental on its lake.
Located in Ciutat Vella, it features a large fountain designed by Josep Fontsere.
Located in Horta – Guinardo, the Doctor Pla i Armengol Gardens focus on biodiversity, with plants and pools designed to house insects, frogs, turtles, birds and bats.
Located on a former private estate housing an impressive mansion, the gardens were deigned by architect and landscape artist Nicolau M. Rubio i Tuduri.
Full of decorative elements, the Jardins de la Tamarita host fountains, small ponds and some rare tree species.
Set in the Horta – Guinardo district, the gardens surround a French-style chateau, Palau de les Heures.
The house was built between 1894 and 1898 by the architect Augusto Font Carreras.
Enjoying some great weather while you´re away is one of the (very) best bits of travel. That´s why the Euro Weekly News has put together this quick guide to the weather in Barcelona.
If all that restaurant and museum info has inspired you to visit the city, what is the best time to travel to Barcelona to get the best weather?
Barcelona has mild winters and warm summers, with an average of 78 rainy days per year, mainly in autumn and spring.
All this makes April to June the best time to visit Barcelona, when the temperatures are warm enough but not too hot, and before the major tourist season kicks in.
Across the city there is an average annual temperature of 21.2 °C in the day and 15.1 °C at night.
Meanwhile, in the warmest month, August, the typical temperature ranges from 27 to 31 °C in the day, and around 23 °C at night.
December, January and February are the coldest months, with average temperatures or around 15 °C in the day and 9 °C at night.
For the weather in Barcelona now, and for Barcelona 7-day weather, see our free Barcelona weather forecast below.
Travelling to a new city is always fun, but everywhere has its own customs and culture.
That´s why the Euro Weekly News has put together this guide to the best Barcelona travel tips, covering everything from local customs to how to travel there on a budget.
As one of the most famous cities in the world, Barcelona has a stunning selection of restaurants and cafes offering everything from Michelin starred cuisine to local specialities.
And because food is such an important part of travel, we have put together this guide to the 10 best restaurants in Barcelona.
Created by Espedito Brunetto, this pasta restaurant wins rave reviews and is known for its delicious Italian dishes.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Barcelona, La Patsa Lab is famous for its Gnudi di spinaci e ricotta con salsa di burro, salvia e parmigiano, a stunning spinach and cheese pasta dish, as well as its Passatelli con salsa di parmigiano tartufato e nocciole tostate, a truffle and parmesan dish.
Open: La Patsa Lab is open from 1pm to 4pm and 7.30pm to 11pm every day but Monday.
Address: Carrer de Casanova, 94, 08011
Booking: 930 312 314
The Michelin starred Enoteca Paco Perez offers up the best in modern Mediterranean cooking, using the highest quality ingredients and unique dishes.
Open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7.30pm to 11p, and Sunday from 1pm to 3.30pm
Address: Carrer de la Marina, 19, 21, 08005
Booking: 934 838 108 or online here
One of the best cheap restaurants in Barcelona, Musiu is an Italian in Eixample, near some of Barcelona´s most famous travel attractions.
Open: Monday and Tuesday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and 7.30pm to 11pm
Address: Carrer de Pau Claris, 112, 08009
Booking: 931 371 484 and online here
One of Barcelona´s most famous restaurants, the Michelin starred Lasarte is headed up by chef Martin Berasategui and offers stunning dishes including foie gras and European eel.
After a full renovation, the new Lasarte Restaurant is now even more modern and with more spacious look.
Lasarte has a semi-private room in the main dining room and a second private dining room, called the Chef’s Table, with room for up to 8 people over the kitchen.
Open: Wednesday to Saturday from 1pm to 2.30pm and 8pm to 9.30pm
Address: C/ Mallorca, 259 08008
Booking: 934 453 242 or online here
For the best paella in Barcelona, try Restaurante Martinez, located on Montjuic with views over the city.
Famed for being the restaurant with the best views of Barcelona, Restaurante Martinez is also famous for its other seafood dishes, including lobster and an oyster bar.
Open: Every day from 1pm to 6pm and 8pm to 12am
Address: Carretera de Miramar, 38, 08038
Booking: 931 066 052 or online here
For Japanese food lovers Koy Shunka is one of the best restaurants in Barcelona. With a Michelin star and created by chef Hideki Matsuhisa, Koy Shunka is most famous for its stunning nigiris.
Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 1pm to 2pm and 8pm to 9pm and Sunday from 8pm to 9pm
Address: Carrers d´en Copons, 7, 08002
Booking: 934 127 939 or online here
Dating from the 1920s, El Xampanyet is famed for its authentic dishes, alongside its cava.
Now a cider house too, El Xampanyet is one of Barcelona´s most famous (and busy) hangouts.
Located in the El Born district, El Xampanyet is one of Barcleona´s oldest gems, opening in 1929.
This characterful old building filled with vintage items has managed to preserve all its personality since it was founded.
Originally named Ca l’Esteve, in around 1972 it was renamed El Xampanyet, the name residents had given it thanks to the sparkling wine of the same name it was famous for.
Although best known for its cava and ciders, El Xampanyet is also loved by barcelonins and travellers alike for its anchovies and salted fish dishes.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from from 12pm to 3.30pm and 7pm to 12am
Address: Carrer de Montcada, 22, 08003
Booking: No booking here, just queuing up with the rest of this famous bar´s fans
One of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Barcelona, 4 Gats first opened in 1897 and has hosted some of the world´s greatest artists, including playwright Santiago Rusiño, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudi.
Created by owner Pere Romeu, 4 Gats is located on Carrer de Montsio and is now famed for its Catalan dishes.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 12.30am
Address: Carrer de Montsio, 3, 08002
Booking: 933 024 140 or online here
Serving up Italian dishes, owner Badr Bennis and head chef Nicola Valle are famous for their colourful food and twists on modern classics.
Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 8pm to 12am, Friday from 9pm to 2am, Saturday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm and 8pm to 12.30am and Sunday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm and 8pm to 12am
Address: Passatge de Pere Calders, 6, 08015
Booking: 936 595 583 or online here
Serving up some of Barcelona´s best food for more than 40 years, Via Veneto is most famous its fine dining experience and truffles.
Open: Monday to Friday 1pm to 3.15pm and 8pm to 11pm and Saturday from 8pm to 11pm
Address: C/ Ganduxer, 10, 08021
Booking: 932 007 244 or online here
Barcelona has got some of the world´s most famous districts and neighbourhoods, each with their own hidden gems. Here is our pick of some of the very best areas and hotels for your trip to the city.
Barcelona is a huge city, but which of its districts and neighbourhoods are the best to stay in for tourists when you travel there?
Currently Barcelona´s hottest area, Gracia offers artisanal shops, unique cuisine and easy access to the city centre.
Highlights include the stunning Park Güell with its Gaudi-designed features.
Built between the 1800s and 1900s, L´Eixample houses some of Gaudi´s most famous buildings, including La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, and La Sagrada Familia, and is worth a visit when you travel to Barcelona.
Perhaps Barcelona´s artiest area, El Born offers up some of the city´s most impressive landmarks, including the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and the Palau de la Musica.
Best for those who want to spend their vacation at the beach, Barceloneta offers sun, sea and surf, as well as a thriving nightlife.
Offering some of Barcelona´s most famous bars, El Raval is the area for those who like to have fun.
It also offers a selection of independent shops as well as some of the city´s most modern art, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, MACBA.
Another one of Barcelona´s hottest areas, Sant Antoni is located in L´Eixample and is famous for its buzzing bars and its indoor market, the Mercat de San Antoni.
The best location to travel to in Barcelona for those who love their architecture, the Gothic Quarter houses some of the city´s oldest landmarks and also offers some of its best cafes and restaurants.
Stretching from La Rambla to Via Leiatana in Ciutat Vella, it is one of the oldest parts of the city. Highlights include the Casa Padellas, built in the 1500s, and the Palau Reial Major.
The city has some of the best hotels in the world and here are some of the best places to stay when you travel to Barcelona.
Close to some of Barcelona’s most popular landmarks, such as Montjuic Castle (0.8 mi) and Passeig de Gracia (1.2 mi), Hotel Barcelona Apolo is a great destination for tourists.
The Barcelona Apolo Hotel features a 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and room service and is close to the Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens and Jardin Botanico de Barcelona.
Address: Av. Del Parallel, 57-59, 08004
Booking: 933 433 000 or online here
Well-known for its proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Hotel Barcelona House is a budget option close to Casa Batllo (1.0 mi) and Las Ramblas (0.1 mi).
Address: Carrer dels Escudellers, 19, 08002
Booking: Online here
Located near to the Sagrada Familia, Hotel Amrey Sant Pau is a budget hotel near to the restaurants, shops and museums of Barcelona.
Address: Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 173, 08041
Booking: Online here
Near the Picasso Museum, the Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona offers a rooftop swimming pool as well as modern accommodation.
Address: Carrer de la Princesa, 35, 08003
Located in the Boqueria quarter of Barcelona, the Petite Palace Boqueria Garden offers a garden and outdoor terrace to enjoy the city´s climate.
Address: Carrer de la Boqueria, 10, 08002
Located near to Casa Mila and all the shops, cultural sites and restaurants of one of the most popular areas of Barcelona, Sir Victor Hotel also has a rooftop pool.
Address: Carrer del Rossello, 265, 08008
Located in Gracia 400 metres from the Sagrada Familia, making it ideal for travel to some of the city´s most famous attractions, Hotel Barcelona 1882 has an outdoor pool, fitness centre, restaurant, and terrace.
Address: C. de Corsega, 482, 08025
Located on Plaça Catalunya in Eixample, Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia makes it easy to travel to the biggest sights in Barcelona and also offers a terrace.
Address: Pl.de Catalunya, 10, 08002
Situated in Ciutat Vella 400 metres from Portal de l’Angel, Yurbban Passage Hotel offers an outdoor pool, spa centre and on-site restaurant.
Address: Carrer de Trafalgar, 26, 08010
Set in Eixample 700 metres from Portal de l´Angel, Room Mate Gerard offers an outdoor pool, terrace and a fitness centre.
Address: C / d’Ausias Marc, 34, 08010
The Catalonia Magdalenes Hotel is set in Ciutat Vella, 200 metres from the Cathedral of Barcelona and offers a terrace with an outdoor pool with views of the Cathedral and a spa. Portal de l’Angel is 200 metres away.
Address: Carrer de les Magdalenes, 13, 15, 08002
Located near Barcelona’s marina in the Gothic Quarter and 600 metres from the Ramblas, Duquesa de Cardona offers a rooftop terrace with panoramic city views and two plunge pools and a bar.
Address: Passeig de Colom, 12, 08002
Offering a rooftop pool and bar with stunning city views, this 5-star boutique hotel is located on Las Ramblas.
Address: La Rambla, 105, 08002
Located near Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, Catalonia Ramblas features an outdoor pool with a terrace, as well as a spa with a sauna, a steam bath and a hot tub.
Massage and beauty treatments are also available.
Address: C. de Pelai, 28, 08001
Close to La Pedrera, Hotel Royal Passeig de Gracia offers a terrace bar with panoramic views of Barcelona, as well as an interior garden.
Address: Pg.de Gracia, 84, 08008
Just 400 metres from Boqueria Market and 1.8 km from Passeig de Gracia, the Yurbban Ramblas Boutique Hotel is located in Ciutat Vella.
Address: La Rambla, 129, 08002
Located on Plaza Catalunya in Ciutat Vella, the Hotel Olivia Plaza offers a terrace bar with views of Santa Ana Church.
Address: Pl. de Catalunya, 19, 08002
Offering a Mayan-style luxury spa, Hotel El Palace Barcelona is close to Las Ramblas in the Eixample district.
Famed for its stunning Rooftop Garden, which was inspired by the romantic garden at the palace of 1900s politician Francesc Cambo, the garden offers a pool, restaurant and bar.
Meanwhile, the hotel is popular for its luxurious rooms and fine dining.
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, 08010
The luxury Ohla Hotel is located on Via Laietana and offers an award-winning cocktail bar, the Michelin-starred Saüc restaurant and a rooftop pool.
Address: Via Laietana, 49, 08003
Another luxury option, the Hotel Claris Barcelona was once the Palau Vedruna, and still offers a taste of sumptuous palace life.
Address: Carrer de Pau Claris, 150, 08009
And now you know where to visit and when, how do you get there?
Barcelona is one of Europe´s biggest transport hubs, with a trainline, metro, and an airport with 52.6 million passengers yearly making it easy to travel to the city.
Most international travellers fly into Barcelona via its airport, the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona El Prat Airport.
Hosting flights from countries around the world, El Prat Airport is 9.3 miles from the centre of the city and is easily accessible by train and metro with its own stations.
Once in the city the metro is one of the easiest ways to travel around Barcelona.
With 183 stops taking in everything from the city centre to the suburbs, the metro is also one of the cheapest ways to see Barcelona, costing from €2.40.
For tickets and more information, click here.
An Hola Barcelona Travel Card allows travellers to use the city´s metro, bus and suburban rail networks as much as you want. Cards are for 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours and cost from €16.30 for an adult.
Barcelona also has one of Europe´s busiest train stations, Barcelona Sants, making it super easy to travel to the city from across Spain and other countries.
Located in the Sant-Montjuic district, it connects to the metro as well as other major hubs, including Madrid and France.
For a full list of train times and more information, click here.
If all that information about Barcelona has given you a thirst to know even more, check out our guide to some further background to this stunning city below, including its history geography, and the essential contact information you´ll need to visit the city.
You may know that Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world, but do you know when it first attracted global attention?
Originally a Roman city named Barcino, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became one of the main residences of the court of the Crown of Aragon, making the city one of most important political and economic areas in Europe.
The city´s prosperity grew again in the 1800s when it developed a buzzing textile industry, before later achieving worldwide fame with its architectural works by Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The city is also famous for having two of the most prestigious universities in Spain, the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University, and for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Located on in the northeast of Spain in Catalonia on the Mediterranean, Barcelona is now the second most populated city in Spain (after Madrid), with 1.6 million residents and attracting 32 million tourists a year.
Barcelona sits 75 miles south of the border with France and the Pyrenees, and is bordered to the north and south by rivers and by the Collserola mountains.
The city measures around 39 square miles and has 10 districts, each with various neighbourhoods.
The´old city´ and Barcelona´s most central district, Ciutat Vella contains the famous La Barceloneta and Sant Pere neighbourhoods. It is famous for its cafes and restuarants and for containing Barcelona´s best known street, Las Ramblas.
Developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Eixample is popular with tourists as it is near to Ciutat Vella and has some of the best shopping in the city. It is also famous for its architecture, with Gaudi´s Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila there.
Located 15 minutes from the centre of Barcelona, Les Corts is the city´s business district
On the southwest of Barcelona, this district include the mountains of Montjuic.
This district is in the northwest of Barcelona with much of it sitting on top of the Sierra de Collserola.
The smallest geographical district in Barcelona, Gracia is popular with city residents
This area is the third largest district in Barcelona.
One of the cheapest areas of Barcelona to live in, Nou Barris is also known for its diverse ethnic cuisine.
This district is known for its historical church, San Andres.
One of Barcelona´s most popular districts to live in, Sant Marti sits on the Mediterranean.
When you travel to Barcelona, you´ll need to have the numbers of who get in touch with in an emergency.
That´s why we have included this list of important contacts in Barcelona, including the emergency services and some of the main embassies.
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