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Barcelona Vacations

Barcelona

Barcelona

Your Barcelona vacation

Atmospheric, artsy and fashion-forward, Spain's second-largest city is perched on the coast of the Iberian Peninsula facing the Mediterranean Sea. Spend hours sunbathing on sandy beaches, and enjoy sizzling late-nights at flamenco and tapas bars. Explore renowned museums and picture-perfect Gothic architecture, mixed in with ultra-Modern buildings and cutting-edge sculpture. And for football fans, cheer FC Barcelona at the massive Camp Nou stadium -- reason alone for a destination vacation.

Let Orbitz help you plan the perfect Barcelona vacation, complete with visits to Antoni Gaudí-designed wonders. With insider tips and top attractions, you'll get the scoop on where to explore and what to eat during your Spanish vacation.

Best time to take a vacation to Barcelona

  • Swept by the breezes with humid, temperate winters and balmy, dry summers, Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Thunderstorms and rains are common from August through September, while dry months span from February through July.

    Summer is peak season, and August is the hottest and most tourist-populated month. Save bucks traveling between mid-September to mid-November, when the weather is still pleasant, or come when it's colder -- and cheaper -- from January until March.

    Festivals and events are held year-round and one of the most popular is the Festa Major de Gràcia, and August street bash, featuring live music, outdoor movies and theater.

  • Early summer and fall are two excellent times to visit Barcelona. The city's Mediterranean climate ensures that these seasons experience pleasant weather. If you want to swim, time your trip between June and October, because the sea may be too cold for a dip at other times of the year. August temperatures average 81 degrees Fahrenheit, so Barcelona can be both hot and crowded, because this is the month when most Europeans take their annual vacations. Winters can be chilly, but temperatures rarely go below freezing and snow is not common. Winter prices tend to be lower, and if your interests lie mostly in indoor activities and museums, winter may be an ideal time for you to visit Barcelona.

Insider tips for Barcelona travel

  • Barcelona City Card

    Buy a Barcelona City card to score free public transportation plus discounts on museums, venues, shops and restaurants.

  • Parc de la Ciutadella

    Explore the city's numerous parks, including the Parc de la Ciutadella and Gaudí Parc Guell just north of the city.

  • Euskal Etxea or shot of tapas

    Dive into pintxos at tapas bar Euskal Etxea, where toothpick-speared bites are paid for based on how many you eat.

  • Custo Barcelona

    Shop for original Spanish fashions at Mango and Zara, plus MTX Barcelona and ultra colorful Custo Barcelona.

  • Fireworks

    Come during Festes de la Mercèe, a September street festival filled with fireworks, an over-sea air show and performances.

  • Kaiku

    Dine on Kaiku's terrace to enjoy gorgeous views of the water while you nosh on tasty, fresh seafood.

    Stroll Down La Rambla

    On a walk down the one-mile road La Rambla, you are likely to see fortune tellers, living statues, musicians, and dancers.

    El Born

    The funky, offbeat neighborhood of El Born is home to plenty of art galleries, tapas joints, and locally owned shops with unusual merchandise.

    Tapaç24

    Locals and visitors alike love sharing tapas at this venue developed by local chef Carles Abellan. Features dishes include foie gras burgers and oxtail stew.

    El Tablao de Carmen

    Enjoy the dancing, music, and style of a world-class flamenco show at this venue that hosts both flamenco stars and up-and-coming new talent.

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Barcelona Vacation Packages

Hotel only $44

1 Aparthotel Mariano Cubi Barcelona

4 stars
4.1 / 5 42 reviews

Mariano Cubi, 62-64 Map

Free WiFi & Newspaper

All the perks of home in the delightful Gracia neighborhoodThe upscale Mariano Cubi Aparthotel Barcelona sits in the charming neighborhood of Gracia. The hotel is located steps from the shops of Paseo de Gracia and within walking distance of three Modernist landmarks by... More

Hotel only $104

2 Olivia Balmes Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

Balmes, 117 Map

Free WiFi and Free access to Terrance & Pool

Olivia Balmes Hotel is a 4-star superior hotel with the highest quality standards, so you can enjoy an exclusive stay in Barcelona.Located in the heart of Barcelona's Eixample district, in the shopping and touristic center of the Catalan capital. This location allows... More

Hotel only $73

3 Avenida Palace

4 stars
3.9 / 5 49 reviews

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 605 Map

Free Wifi

Unwind at this elegant hideaway in the heart of the actionA landmark property in Eixample, Avenida Palace has hosted many celebrities since opening inside a former tea house and restaurant in 1952. Famous guests have included Ernest Hemingway, Liza Minnelli and The... More

Hotel only $54

4 Moderno Hotel Barcelona

3 stars
3.7 / 5 10 reviews

Hospital, 11 Map

FREE Breakfast, WiFi & Kettle in the room

The Hotel Modernobcn offers a good relation price-quality. It includes breakfast buffet and free Wireless internet connection. All rooms at the Hotel Modernobcn have Air conditioning, central heating and they are soundproof. They included satellite TV, complete ... More

Hotel only $116

5 Hotel Claris Barcelona GL

5 stars
4.4 / 5 21 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 location near Paseo de Gracia is ideal for reaching Plaza Cataluna, Las Ramblas... More

Hotel only $66

6 Tryp Barcelona Apolo

4 stars
3.8 / 5 40 reviews

Avinguda del Paral.lel, 57-59 Map

Free WiFi

Full range of up-to-the-minute hotel perks steps from the city centerAlthough not right in the city center, Tryp Apolo has a convenient location on the busy Avenida Paralelo, just a few blocks from Montjuic and half a mile from Las Ramblas. This hotel, built for the 1992... More

Hotel only $56

7 Barcelona Universal Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 118 reviews

Av. Paral-lel, 76-80 Map

Free use of WiFi and Business Center

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 up-to-the-minute trimmings such as free Wi-Fi. A favorite among business visitors to... More

Hotel only $222

8 1898 Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.4 / 5 26 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 colonial flair, the hotel mixes exotic woods, dark fabrics and a... More

Hotel only $72

9 Nouvel Hotel Barcelona

3 stars
3.6 / 5 25 reviews

Santa Anna, 18-20 Map

Breakfast included!

The hotel is located near Placa Catalunya and Las Ramblas, 15 minutes from the trade fair center and 30 minutes from the airport. The hotel is a modern building carefully refurbished.There are 78 spacious and comfortable rooms, with private bath, air conditioning, TV with... More

Hotel only $96

10 Pulitzer Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
4.1 / 5 15 reviews

Bergara, 6-8 Map

Free WIFI available in all areas

Fresh and welcoming with a unique design in an enviable location Located within a restored historic building, expect a cool, cosmopolitan atmosphere at the Pulitzer Barcelona Hotel. Designed to not look or feel like a normal hotel environment, the Pulitzer... More

Barcelona highlights

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  • Gothic Quarter

    Stroll through a maze of once-Roman streets studded with cathedrals, picturesque squares and boutiques, tapas joints and bars aplenty.

  • Sagrada Familia Cathedral

    Surreal with Gothic and Modernist details, this Gaudi-designed Roman Catholic basilica is punctuated by eighteen spires and three grand facades. Climb the towers for picture-perfect views of Barcelona and beyond.

  • L'Aquarium de Barcelona

    Walk through a glass-encased shark tunnel at this seaside stunner, home to multicolored fish, sharks, corals, eels and more. Kids enjoy educational activities and interactive aquariums. Experienced divers can swim with the sharks in the Oceanarium.

  • Poble Espanyol de Montjuic

    Architecture buffs flock to this open-air village where quarters are dedicated to architecture, craft workshops, shopping, wining and dining.

  • Barcelona FC Museum

    Learn about the history of FC Barcelona at this football museum, replete with trophy halls, winning balls, team garb and interactive exhibits.

  • La Pedrer (Casa Mila)

    Built by Antoni Gaudi, this wavy building features espanta bruixes -- chimneys designed to scare off witches. Head to the Espai Guadi in the attic, a gallery dedicated to the life and work of Gaudi.

  • Barcelona Zoo

    Bring the tykes to this animal haven where the world-famous albino gorilla Snowflake once lived. Today they'll meet dolphins, iguanas, hippos, orangutan, gazelle and more. A train runs around the park.

  • Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)

    Stand in awe of one of the extensive collection of Spaniard Pablo Piccasso's work, hung in five interconnected medieval palaces.

  • Joan Miro Museum

    Ogle this dynamite museum filled with the artist's colorful paintings, sculptures, tapestries and early sketches.

  • Las Ramblas

    Get ready to be wowed by this kaleidoscopic, mile-long road, enlivened with street performers, stalls and cafes.

  • Sagrada Família

    Designed by Gaudi, the Sagrada Família features intricate sculptures that give this edifice a look unlike any other church in the world.

    Musee Picasso

    Chronicling the early years of the famous cubist painter, the Musee Picasso is inside a complex of six palaces.

    Casa Batllo

    This home was designed by Gaudi. While it looks fantastical at first glance, there is plenty of evidence that the look was meticulously planned out.

    Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya

    This art museum has the largest Romanesque art collection in Europe, as well as plenty of Modernist, Renaissance, and Baroque pieces.

    History Museum of the City

    Dimly lit walkways lead you deep into an archaeological dig in the heart of Barcelona. There are also exhibits on the city's history from Roman times to today.

    The Gothic Quarter

    This neighborhood is known for its Roman and medieval buildings now operating as bars, cafes, and restaurants.

    CosmoCaixa

    Families with kids will love this science museum that features a planetarium and exciting temporary and permanent exhibits.

    Montjuic's Magic Fountain

    This spectacular fountain has evening light and water shows that are free to watch.

    Montserrat

    A natural park, a monastery, and a shrine dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat are but three of the attractions located at Montserrat.

    Jardi Botanic

    This botanical garden has plants from Mediterranean-like climates around the world and a futuristic design aesthetic.