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Ramble along La Rambla or hit the beach in Barcelona

From the soaring towers of the Sagrada Familia to its easily accessible Mediterranean beaches, Barcelona is a city unmatched by its European neighbors. The core of Barcelona is small enough to see on foot, and vibrant enough that you'll want to soak it all in from street level, so bring your best walking shoes, prepare to stay up late and keep your camera charged.

Things to do


Antoni Gaudi is one of Spain's most recognized architects and a famous proponent of Catalan Modernism. Barcelona holds his best work, and you can see most of it in an afternoon. The first and most important stop on your list is the Sagrada Familia, an elaborate church covered in peaks and spikes. Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is scheduled to be finished during the first third of the 21st century. The building's organic-looking towers and dizzying visual effects are unparalleled.

Park Guell and Casa Batllo are Barcelona's other Gaudi musts. Park Guell is a sprawling public park full of stunning buildings, sculptures and tiles designed by Gaudi. The architect's former home is among them. Casa Batllo, a residence on Passeig de Gracia, features a macabre skull-and-bones motif in its pillars and balconies.

La Rambla

La Rambla is the major street of central Barcelona, and it's crowded day and night with visitors and locals. The street is lined with shops and restaurants, and people can be found patronizing them, socializing and just hanging around here at all hours. The city's Barri Gotic, or old Gothic Quarter, borders La Rambla to the east and the lively El Raval Quarter to the west. La Boqueria market is Barcelona's largest and oldest public market, and this palace of gastronomic delights can be reached from La Rambla too.


Barcelona has four main beaches, all of which are minutes from the city center. The beaches comprise a 4.2-mile stretch of sand and tend to be more crowded on the end closest to La Rambla. Adventurous visitors can sail, surf and windsurf along Barcelona's shore, and if you need a little pick-me-up, there are plenty of lively restaurants abutting the beach.


Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) is located about eight miles southwest of the city, and is the main airport of Catalonia. Eurail also services the city, and trains depart from the gorgeous Barcelona Sants rail station at a steady pace throughout the day. Driving to the city is great if you know the area, although parking within crowded Barcelona can be tricky at times. If you're staying somewhere else on the Mediterranean before arriving here, there are many options to travel to the city by boat. This method takes a little longer, but it's an incredible experience to wake up to the sunrise over the azure ocean.

Once you reach Barcelona, don't be afraid to take advantage of the city's excellent public transportation system. The Metro de Barcelona is fast, efficient, modern and extremely safe. Announcements are generally made in both Spanish and English, and the ticket price is based on what zone of the city you're traveling to.

Where to stay

The area around La Rambla has many hotels, but can be a bit crowded and expensive during its peak season. If you're traveling to Barcelona in the less-crowded fall or winter, when temperatures cool slightly, La Rambla becomes a much more attractive home base. The nearby Raval district is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in which to stay. Wherever your Barcelona hotel is located, be sure to get out and enjoy the city's Catalan culture as much as possible. Become one of the colorful crowd on La Rambla Boulevard and absorb the fantastic creative culture in the City of Barcelona.

Recently booked Barcelona hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
1898 Hotel Barcelona
Las Ramblas
37 minutes ago 4 stars $294
Chic & Basic Ramblas Hotel Barcelona
Las Ramblas
40 minutes ago 3 stars $102
Hotel Gran Via
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
8 hours ago 3 stars $148
Ohla Hotel Barcelona
Gothic Quarter
10 hours ago 5 stars $284
Cram Hotel
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
10 hours ago 4 stars $123
Hotel Soho
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
11 hours ago 3 stars $153
Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL
Las Ramblas
11 hours ago 5 stars $164
Sunotel Club Central
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
12 hours ago 4 stars $88
Avenida Palace
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
12 hours ago 4 stars $130
The Mirror Barcelona
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
12 hours ago 4 stars $131

Recently Rated Barcelona Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hesperia Tower Hotel Barcelona
4.2 / 5
50 reviews
5 stars $110
Hotel Claris Barcelona GL
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
4.4 / 5
20 reviews
5 stars $172
Petit Palace Boqueria Hotel Barcelona
Las Ramblas
4.1 / 5
7 reviews
4 stars $186
Expo Hotel Barcelona
Sants Railway Station
3.8 / 5
37 reviews
4 stars $132
NH Barcelona Centro
Las Ramblas
4.1 / 5
32 reviews
3 stars $119
Abba Sants
Sants Railway Station
4.0 / 5
23 reviews
4 stars $98
Hotel Ronda Lesseps
2.9 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars $82
Tryp Barcelona Apolo
3.8 / 5
35 reviews
4 stars $140
Amister Art Hotel Barcelona
Sants Railway Station
4.8 / 5
4 reviews
4 stars $98
Silken Gran Havana Hotel Barcelona
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
4.3 / 5
41 reviews
4 stars $144

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From $140

1 Hotel Granados 83

4 stars
4.4 / 5 7 reviews

Enric Granados, 83 Map

Early Booking: Save 15% off!

The most urban and avant-garde hotel designed for gourmet bohemians and the most adventurous. The Granados 83 Hotel provides design and comfort to enjoy Barcelona. A passage of light takes you to a... More

Yes, I certainly recommend this hotel.
A very clean and updated hotel in a perfect location. Other than the price being just a bit high, I have zero complaints.
Apr 29, 2014
From $88

2 Hotel Medium City Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

Nicaragua, 47 Map

Free WiFi

The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from Sants station, close to the National Art Museum of Catalonia and 15 minutes from the Camp Nou football stadium. Furthermore, its proximity to... More

Great Location!
The location is great with easy access to transport hubs but don't book a single bed if you are 6.1 like me. The bed is so small!
Sep 24, 2014
From $274

3 ALMA Barcelona

5 stars
4.8 / 5 14 reviews

Mallorca, 269-271 Map

FREE WiFi, Welcome Drink, Minibar and SPA access

ALMA Barcelona aims to be a way of experiencing and discovering the city. Here guests can enjoy the advantages of a 5 star GL city hotel while savoring something of the flavor of travel and hotels... More

Amazing and Relaxing!
The Hotel staff is phenomenal! The hotel is very modern clean, quite and relaxed. Enjoy the Spa on lower level, Brunch on terrace or the view from the roof bar with a delicious cocktail. The rooms...
Sep 17, 2014
From $148

4 Hotel Gran Via

3 stars
4.0 / 5 9 reviews

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 642 Map

Opening Offer: Save 25% off! Non Refundable

The hotel Gran Via offers flawless service and all the essential amenities for demanding travellers. Comfortable rooms flooded with light promise a delightful stay. In the morning, a rich breakfast... More

location and renovated hotel
beautiful hotel, Nice view , Lobby and restaurant lovely renovated. the location is super. the rooms are nice ans spacoious, with a balcony. the only thing, is that the rooms dont have a closet. so...
Jun 22, 2014
From $119

5 NH Barcelona Centro

3 stars
4.1 / 5 32 reviews

Duc, 15 Map

FREE WIFI in Lobby & Rooms

An efficient modern hotel in the Old Quarter of Barcelona The NH Duc de la Victoria is a modern, fully equipped and efficient hotel with bilingual staff. It is situated in the historic Gothic... More

Pre-cruise visit to Barcelona
Perfect spot for a visit to the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona. Quaint and safe area to walk around. Staff was friendly and helpful when needed. Rooms are rather small but comfortable with decent...
Nov 6, 2013
From $98

6 Abba Sants

4 stars
4.0 / 5 23 reviews

Numancia, 32 Map


This is a modern, welcoming hotel which opened in 2000. This light, bright hotel is located alongside public gardens, in the center of the city of Barcelona. Offering very convenient access to El... More

weekend stay
Excellent hotel, friendly and efficient staff. Location good, 5 minutes walk from the train station and a Metro stop directly outside the hotel (T10 ticket for €10 covers the the train to and from...
Aug 20, 2014
From $92

7 Barcelo Sants

4 stars
4.3 / 5 24 reviews

Pl. Paisos Catalans s/n Map

Free Wifi

Sleep at this contemporary hotel atop Barcelona’s main train stationLocated on top of Barcelona's Sants central train station, with a direct connection to Barcelona International Airport,... More

Great location!
Great location it was so easy to have the metro station right below the hotel. The hop on hop off bus was right across the street. Will definetely come back to Barcelo Sants!
Aug 23, 2014
From $144

8 Barcelona Universal Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 107 reviews

Av. Paral-lel, 76-80 Map

Breakfast Included + Free WIFI

Up-to-the-minute lodging with free Wi-Fi close to downtown attractions A hop and a skip on foot from Las Ramblas, Barcelona Universal Hotel offers contempo-chic rooms and suites with... More

Great location,
Had a great 3 nights at this hotel, only downside was the lack of view! Our room looked out onto a small courtyard but I suppose we can't all have sea views! The room itself was spotlessly clean...
Sep 10, 2014
From $116

9 Park Hotel Barcelona

3 stars
3.5 / 5 6 reviews

Marques de l'Argentera, 11 Map

Free Wifi

Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona Cathedral, and Arc de Triomf. Area attractions also include Port Vell. Hotel bar/lounge In addition to... More

good for a quick stay
small bathrooms but otherwise a good hotel, no frills but good for the value
Sep 4, 2014
From $137

10 Axel Hotel Barcelona and Urban Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 50 reviews

Aribau, 33 Map

Free WIFI available in all areas

Delightful hideaway with a swank contemporary look near Casa BatlloIn a beautifully restored Art Deco building near Gaudi-designed Casa Batllo, Axel Hotel Barcelona is steps away from many... More

Central LGBT epicenter
Best part of this hotel is the rooftop pool hottub and bar!
Jul 9, 2014
From $159

11 Melia Barcelona Sarria

5 stars
3.9 / 5 7 reviews

Avinguda Sarria, 50 Map

Stay 1 night & get 10% off

Five star luxury hotel: recently renovated. One of the most recommended hotel in BCN in TRIPADVISOR. Many loyalty programmes benefits. In the shopping and commercial heart of the city close to Av.... More

Great staff
great hotel. location is near Diagonal Avenue which crosses Barcelona east to west beautifully the bell boys are outstanding and clever
Aug 16, 2014
From $88

12 Sunotel Club Central

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

Valencia, 157 Map

Sunotel Club Central is ideally located in the heart of L'Eixample district, home to the largest concentration of modernist architectural treasures and main landmarks in the city. Just a stroll... More

Wonderful stay
The hotel was in an ideal location, with lovely staff and a delightful roof top pool! I throughly enjoyed my stay here and thought it was great value for money! The room was well equipped and the...
Aug 15, 2014
From $82

13 BCN Urban Gran Ronda Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 34 reviews

Ronda Sant Antoni, 49 Map

Save 15% off!

Snug and central hotel offers free in-room Wi-Fi The location of Hotel Gran Ronda is its main drawing card. It sits right at the heart of the city center, in the upscale Eixample district, home to... More

Barcelona trip
The hotel was in a good location and was very clean. The staff at the front desk however were not at all knowledgable. Usually the people staying are tourists and the front desk should be able to...
Sep 20, 2014
From $164

14 Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL

5 stars
4.3 / 5 56 reviews

Moll de Barcelona, S/N Map

Romantic Package

Select ship-inspired hideaway on Barcelona’s seafront Shaped like a transatlantic liner, the exclusive Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel on the central wharf of Barcelona's port showcases minimalist... More

Great choice for cruisers
Nice, clean & comfortable hotel with friendly staff. Great location for pre or post stay for cruisers as it's close to the cruise port. Not much to do in the immediate vicinity but Las Ramblas is...
May 23, 2014
From $113

15 Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
3.9 / 5 28 reviews

Avinguda Diagonal, 205 Map

Breakfast included

Swank high-rise hotel appeals to design and architecture hawks Located in Barcelona's Sant Marti neighborhood, right by Jean Nouvel-designed Agbar Tower, Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona is a... More

The staff were friendly and the rooms clean. For the rest is was a disappointing experience. It was noisy, the swimming pool and roof terrace were closed for a day (only it turned out to be every...
Apr 13, 2014
From $81

16 Hotel Astoria

3 stars
3.9 / 5 31 reviews

Paris, 203 Map

Free WIFI is available in all areas

Charming Art Nouveau hideout in the Modernist mecca of EixampleThe first-class Hotel Astoria offers an elegant and modern home away from home at the heart of Barcelona's upscale Eixample district.... More

Lovely hotel...Great value, very hard beds
We loved the Hotel Astoria. I would stay here again in a second. The place is older and immaculately kept. The room was small and well appointed with all indirect lighting and lots of large...
Sep 17, 2014
From $329

17 El Palace Hotel Barcelona

5 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668 Map

Free Wifi

A two-year modernization brings fresh splendor to the most exclusive hotel of Barcelona. Centrally located and near the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Paseo de Gracia and famous landmarks such us the... More

Beautiful and classy traditional hotel
Great atmosphere, traditional and exquisite furnishing and great location. Very expensive but you would expect that.
Sep 16, 2014
From $294

18 1898 Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.4 / 5 23 reviews

Les Rambles, 109 Map

Free WIFI available in all areas

Stay in style at this colonial-themed hideaway with spaLocated on Las Ramblas, 1898 Hotel Barcelona showcases a fine-tuned balance between the past and present. Inspired by neoclassical style with... More

Perfect First Visit to Barcelona
The hotel is located in a perfect location, right on Les Rambles. You can walk to most of the main attractions or take a bus. The hotel has two pools, the outdoor pool on the 7th floor overlooks...
Aug 21, 2014
From $219

19 K+K Hotel Picasso

4 stars
4.6 / 5 11 reviews

Passeig de Picasso, 26-30 Map

Breakfast Included

The new K+K Hotel Picasso opened in June 2012 and with it brings a K+K boutique hotel with its usual elegant facilities to the lively city of Barcelona, Spain. The "avant-garde... More

Well located hotel
Nice hotel in a quiet, convenient location. Decent breakfast buffet. Friendly staff. Good restaurants and bars very close.
Mar 31, 2014
From $172

20 Hotel Claris Barcelona GL

5 stars
4.4 / 5 20 reviews

Pau Claris,150 Map

Free WIFI available in all areas

In the heart of Barcelona housed in the former 19th century Vedruna palace, the Hotel Claris represents one of the prime options to make your stay in Barcelona unforgettable. Its magnificent... More

Great hotel nice room
Loved the hotel. Very nice restaurant staff was very friendly
Sep 28, 2014