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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 $48

1 Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel

4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Passeig de Gracia, 116 Map

Free Wifi

Casa Gracia Hostel Barcelona creates a local, homelike environment in the most authentic neighborhood in the city - Gracia! Once you come in our door, you will actually feel at home everything is included: comfortable bed, delicious fresh made breakfast,free coffee and... More

Hotel only $36

2 Sagrada Familia Hotel Barcelona

3 stars
3.3 / 5 10 reviews

Corcega, 541 Map

Free WIFI available in all areas

Hotel Sagrada Famlia with its 84 rooms is a mere 3 minutes walk to the most famous monument designed by the legendary architect Gaud, the closest hotel to the Temple in the Heart of Barcelona. Recently opened, in Autumn of 2004, it provides all the amenities of a new... More

Hotel only $60

3 Splendom Suites Apartments Barcelona

4 stars
4.6 / 5 7 reviews

Valencia, 194 Map

Free Snack-Corner 24h

Boutique style and completely renovated. Suites-apartments of 70 square meters, plenty of light, with two double rooms, full bathroom (hairdryer and Molton Brown amenities). Living-dining room with double sofa-bed and fully equipped kitchen (fridge, freezer, oven,... More

Hotel only $28

4 Generator Hostel Barcelona

3.5 / 5 2 reviews

Corsega, 373 Map

Stay 5 nights & Save 20% off!

You'll find Generator Barcelona conveniently located at just a 5 minutes walk from two main metro stations, Diagonal and Verdaguer. Travelling to and from the hostel to all the must see sights is a piece of cake. The beautiful sandy beaches are just a 15 minute metro... More

Hotel only $52

5 Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments - BCN Suites

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

Grassot, 4 Map

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Light and comfort create the spaces in the apartments. The building is designed with different kinds of apartments so the guests can always find what suits their needs best: from spectacular penthouses with terrace, to comfortable two or more bedrooms apartments and... More

Hotel only $50

6 Aparthotel Atenea Calabria Barcelona

3 stars
3.7 / 5 15 reviews

Calabria, 129-131 Map

Long Stay Offer: Stay 7 nights & Save 10% off!

The hotel has 80 apartments of 35 m2, with bedroom, sitting room, bath and kitchen. It is an ideal choice for both short and long stays. Function rooms with natural light and different set-ups to meet every need. Car park next to the building. Parking is not included in... More

Hotel only $53

7 Hotel 4 Barcelona

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Doctor Trueta, 164 Map

Free Wifi

This smart and stylish hotel, was opened in January 2010 and is located in the up-and-coming area of district 22@, just a short walk from the beach and Rambla de Poble nou. Its 142 rooms are equipped with complimentary wire-less and cable internet connection, outside... More

Hotel only $57

8 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 $48

9 Vincci Maritimo

4 stars
4.1 / 5 19 reviews

Llull, 340 Map

Non Refundable Offer: Save 10% off!

Maritime-themed hotel in an up-and-coming area near Barcelona’s beachLocated next to the new Conference Palace (CCIB), Vincci Maritimo Hotel offers an impressive sea vista from behind its glass front. In a newly thriving area of Barcelona a few miles from Mar Bella beach,... More

Hotel only $48

10 Hotel Flor Parks

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Les Rambles, 70 Map

Save 15% off!

Flor Parks Hotel in Las Ramblas, is a comfortable 3-star hotel, built in 1999 and renovated in 2010. It is located in front of El Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Las Ramblas of Barcelona, next to the Gothic Quarter. Walking down the Ramblas you can access the Port of Barcelona,... More

Barcelona highlights

  • Barcelona
  • 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.