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With its cosmopolitan feel, a sense of mañana mañana, breathtaking architecture, fantastic gastronomy, and unbeatable climate, Barcelona really is the city that has everything. The Catalonian capital has a bustling art scene with some serious bohemian vibes, which make it the offbeat counterpart to the more classical Madrid. Visit Barcelona for its gorgeous sandy beaches and dynamic nightlife as well as for some of the best seafood in all of Europe. The streets of Barcelona are lined with stunning works of architecture, from Antoni Gaudí's surreal buildings to Gothic churches, and modern sites such as Maremagnum Mall.


What to See in Barcelona

Barcelona has everything you need for spending a perfect day in the city, from cozy cafes or brunch spots to art exhibition and interesting museums. Go out for dinner to a local place or an exclusive restaurant and then hit Barcelona’s vibrant nightlife. If you’re an architecture buff, Barcelona is also the place to be.

La Sagrada Familia is an example of that, being one of the most astonishing churches in the world. It is a true symbol of Barcelona. Designed by modernist genius Antoni Gaudí, this church is his most widely beloved worked of art. Its construction started in 1882 and has not yet been completed. The main chapel is unbelievably beautiful, with an occasional mass being held here. To avoid the queues, book your tickets online in advance.

For a peek into Barcelona’s past, visit the historic neighborhood El Born. It is like walking in the past with no lifts or elevators nearby, only narrow cobblestone streets and grand buildings. The most striking of all is the Gothic Cathedral of the Sea (Santa Maria Del Mar). For an extra dose of history, step into the Fossar de les Moreres and El Museu del Born. However, you could also do your shopping here thanks to its variety of restaurants and designer boutiques begging to be discovered.

Furthermore, the city has a delightful Mediterranean climate and although July and August can be rather humid, it rarely gets extremely hot or cold. Summer is the most popular season for a Barcelona trip, because the sun is at its brightest and the beaches at their most beautiful. Also, outdoor concerts and events are organized throughout the city. Spring and fall are also good times to visit as the weather is milder and the city is less crowded. Note that while temperatures drop to the 40s during the winter, so do prices. This less-popular shoulder season can make Barcelona the ideal getaway.


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Whether you want an SUV, a classic mustang, or a compact car for city driving in Barcelona, we at Orbitz should be your first stop when looking for cheap car rental in the city. With our low rates and variety of rental car classes, your perfect getaway car is waiting for you.