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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
K+K Hotel Picasso
Gothic Quarter
10 minutes ago 4 stars $213
ALMA Barcelona
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
1 hour ago 5 stars $291
Zenit Borrell Hotel Barcelona
Sants Railway Station
1 hour ago 4 stars $95
Ohla Hotel Barcelona
Gothic Quarter
1 hour ago 5 stars $282
Silken Gran Havana Hotel Barcelona
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
1 hour ago 4 stars $141
Hotel Astoria
Sagrada Familia - Barrio de Gracia
2 hours ago 3 stars $88
Hotel Granados 83
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
3 hours ago 4 stars $143
Ayre Gran Via Barcelona
4 hours ago 4 stars $104
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
6 hours ago 4 stars $134
Royal Ramblas Hotel Barcelona
Las Ramblas
11 hours ago 4 stars $133

Recently Rated Barcelona Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
BAH Barcelona Airport Hotel
3.8 / 5
81 reviews
4 stars $93
Hotel Medium City Barcelona
Sants Railway Station
4.5 / 5
2 reviews
4 stars $100
Barcelo Raval
Las Ramblas
4.0 / 5
23 reviews
4 stars $184
HCC Montblanc Hotel Barcelona
Gothic Quarter
4.0 / 5
34 reviews
3 stars $127
NH Barcelona Centro
Las Ramblas
4.1 / 5
32 reviews
3 stars $136
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL
Plaza Catalunya - Downtown
5.0 / 5
5 reviews
5 stars $328
Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya
Sants Railway Station
4.1 / 5
56 reviews
4 stars $245
Catalonia Barcelona Plaza
3.3 / 5
4 reviews
4 stars $129
Hotel Paral-lel
4.0 / 5
1 reviews
2 stars $86
THE LEVEL at Melia Barcelona Sky
Diagonal Forum
4.0 / 5
1 reviews
5 stars $177

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From $143

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 $100

2 Hotel Medium City Barcelona

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 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

My own neighborhood in Barcelona
When I chose this hotel, close to the Sants Railway Starion, I had no idea I was choosing a perfect location for me on my second trip to Barcelona. I didn't need to be close to the Barri Gotic and...
Sep 13, 2014
From $150

3 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 $136

4 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 $116

5 Hesperia Presidente Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews

Avinguda Diagonal, 570 Map

Winter Special Offer

The recently renovated Hesperia Presidente is located in the heart of the vibrant city of Barcelona. Situated right on Diagonal Avenue, the hotel welcomes guests in an elegant setting that combines... More

Good Hotel
The Hotel was all around very good. The location was close to everything.
Aug 5, 2014
From $116

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 $291

7 ALMA Barcelona

5 stars
4.8 / 5 11 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

Excellent hotel
Alma has a wonderful location on a side street off the Passeig de Gracia. There are nearby cafes for breakfast. It is within walking distance to Ramblas, el born, and the Sagrada too! The rooms,...
Sep 14, 2014
From $92

8 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 $300

9 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 $116

10 Aramunt Apartments Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

Muntaner, 60 Map


Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, Barcelona Aramunt Apartment provides you with all the amenities to make your stay in Barcelona a memorable one.This modern stylish... More

Good for family with kids
This is a do-it-youself apartment. The staff at the reception are very helpful and friendly. They are on duty from 10am to 12 midnight. Service is available every 6 days, so if your stay is less...
Jul 17, 2014
From $126

11 Hesperia del Mar Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Espronceda, 6 Map

Special Promo: Save 25% off!

The Hesperia del Mar is one of our newest and most modern hotels, located close to the seafront and the newly developed business and shopping area of Diagonal Mar. A Tourist Bus stop is... More

Surprisingly Good!
When we booked we thought we were a little bit removed from the main city, but not a bit. The Metro is only 10 mins walk, and the beaches only 2 minutes! There is a line of cafes and restaurants...
Oct 31, 2013
From $145

12 Royal Passeig de Gracia Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

Passeig de Gracia, 84 Map

Free Wifi

Royal Passeig de Gracia Hotel is a new 4* hotel offering a unique setting in the heart of Passeig de Gracia, the most elegant and distinguished avenue of Barcelona and just a few steps from La... More

The Hotel was great, nice area, nice hotel. Staff could have been a little more helpful. At arrival no one helped with luggage, I was so tired from flight. But I would definitely stay here again....
Aug 31, 2014
From $184

13 Barcelo Raval

4 stars
4.0 / 5 23 reviews

Rambla del Raval, 17-21 Map

Free Wifi

Stay in the hip part of town at this snappy tower hideawayLocated inside a bold futuristic tower in the trendy Raval district, just steps away from Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter, Barcelo Raval... More

Highly recommendable
Great all around! The neighborhood is close enough to the action that you didn't have to walk too far to get to it all. Would stay here again for the value. Also the bartender Katerina is a...
Sep 13, 2014
From $246

14 Casa Fuster Hotel Barcelona

5 stars
4.8 / 5 10 reviews

Passeig de Gracia, 132 Map

FREE WiFi and access to Sauna & Fitness

Premier historic hotel, fully restored, with a distinguished atmosphere The Casa Fuster Hotel Barcelona is in the center of the city, near entertainment and retail outlets. This grand establishment... More

Great hotel and staff
I have traveled extensively, and I don't think it gets much better in Europe. The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are spacious. The hotel staff is very welcoming. The hotel is well located and...
Mar 23, 2014
From $150

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 $108

16 BCN Urban Gran Ronda Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 33 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

Staff needs to be more helpful and polite
The room and breakfast were fine. Not so the staff, not helpful at all, on the contrary it seems that they were bothered if any question was asked.
Jul 7, 2014
From $130

17 MH Apartments Opera Rambla Barcelona

3 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Ferran, 7 Map

Free Wifi

MH Apartments Opera Rambla are studios, from 55 to 65 Sq m, equipped with all facilities including WIFI and International Channels. Decorated with contemporary design furniture and fully equipped... More

Very Noisy Area, Not Clean
This is located in a VERY noisy area. It's much louder at night than in the day, and even the heaviest sleeper won't be able to sleep from 1am to 5am. There are several bars nearby, so there will...
Sep 14, 2014
From $88

18 Hotel Astoria

3 stars
3.9 / 5 30 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

Good location at an affordable price
Being a little north from the city center (but still easily within public transportation distance), this is a a hotel that is able to offer a very affordable rate for the value in Barcelona. It was...
Jun 12, 2014
From $128

19 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 $176

20 Silken Ramblas Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
3.9 / 5 22 reviews

Pintor Fortuny, 13 Map

The Hotel Silken Ramblas Barcelona is a four-star hotel set in the historic heart of the city, only literally a step away from the famous Ramblas. Located in the emblematic street called after... More

Lovely Stay
We had a great stay at this hotel. It's a stone's throw from La Rambla, had friendly staff, and a pool on the roof! I'd definitely stay again.
May 24, 2014