A culinary treat
Get ready for delicious temptations, with steaming pots of paella and rows of tapas on display everywhere. Barcelona’s food scene is nothing short of lavish, from candlelit restaurants for romantic dates to fresh food markets offering treats for the kids. With pleasant weather for most of the year, you can look forward to alfresco dining in the company of fresh sea breezes.
Why book Barcelona holidays
Top attractions to visit
La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Casa Mila
Fab shopping scene
Head down La Rambla for trendy stores
Discover the best beaches
Mix city hustle and bustle with the beach life
Sample the local food
Try tasty tapas for a true taste of Barcelona
Art and history museums are well worth the visit
Sensational views at Montjuic and walks through Ciutadella Park
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Exciting things to do in Barcelona
It’s hard to put the camera down in a city that boasts an attraction around nearly every corner. Barcelona holidays deliver romance, family activities and enticing traditions for every type of traveller.
- The bucket list shot in Barcelona is Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. Famously under construction since 1882, the unfinished basilica features lifts and stairs to climb to the top for panoramic views.
- Narrow alleyways lead you on a journey through time in the Gothic Quarter. Along with artsy bars and quirky shops, discover Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça Reial and the Jewish Quarter.
- The whimsical Casa Batlló is a Gaudí masterpiece straight from a fairy tale. The balconies and pillars resemble skulls and bones with marine-inspired shapes and colours throughout.
- A visit to the Palace of Catalan Music offers much more than world-class concerts. The majestic exterior boasts mosaics and sculptures. Inside, tiled pillars, stained glass and a crystalline skylight also wow audiences.
- With its rippling stone facade, Casa Milà is a striking sight. Gaudí’s last work of civic architecture features extraordinary elements like chimney pots shaped as medieval knights.
- Home to the legendary FC Barcelona, Camp Nou stadium is an unmissable attraction for football fans. Watch a match and be prepared for the roar of massive crowds.
- A colourful jumble of fruits, vegetables, cheeses and seafood spills from food stalls at Mercat de la Boqueria. The famous market is the perfect spot for traditional snacks and foodie souvenirs.
- Built between 1329 and 1384, the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar is widely perceived as Barcelona’s best example of Catalonian Gothic architecture. Go inside to admire the soaring ceiling and stained glass windows.
- The romantic street lamps of Gaudí Avenue lead to Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau. The Art Nouveau complex once housed an innovative hospital. Tour the unique pavilions to see mosaics, gargoyles and international knowledge centres.
- Discover a huge collection of Catalan art dating back to the Middle Ages, along with Romanesque frescoes at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
Barcelona Top Attraction: History and Culture
If you’re a history buff or culture vulture, you might develop a lifelong addiction to Barcelona city breaks.
- UNESCO-listed Park Güell is Gaudí’s enchanting ode to landscape gardening. Take your time to admire surreal attractions like the mosaic dragon, the monumental staircase and the Hypostyle Room with 86 sloping columns.
- The Picasso Museum highlights Pablo Picasso’s important relationship with Barcelona. Over 4,000 works contribute to the permanent collection spread across five palaces.
- With 360 degree views over the city below, stunning scenery contradicts the notorious history of Montjuïc Castle. Explore the old military fortress surrounded by lush gardens.
- Built for the 1920 World Exhibition, Poble Espanyol is an open-air museum showcasing a little bit of everything Spanish. See architecture from around the country, local crafts and artisan workshops.
- You simply can’t miss the Columbus Monument at the ocean end of bustling Las Ramblas. The 60-metre high column was constructed in 1888 to pay homage to the famous explorer.
- Located in the Royal Shipyards, the Maritime Museum takes you back in time to Barcelona’s mighty seafaring history. You’ll see a full-scale replica of Don Juan de Austria’s 16th-century flagship and antique navigation charts.
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Choose from a range of airlines with direct flights to Barcelona from the UK, including British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2 and Vueling. The flight time from London is two hours and it’s just under three from Glasgow.
Top Barcelona hotels
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4 Star Hotels
- Sallés Hotel Pere IV
- Expo Hotel Barcelona
- El Avenida Palace Hotel
- Catalonia Barcelona Plaza
- Hotel Barcelona Princess
- The Mirror Barcelona
- Villa Olimpic@ Suites Hotel and Spa
- Melia Barcelona Sky
- Axel Hotel Barcelona and Urban Spa
- Barcelona Colonial
- Hotel Millenni
- Vincci Bit
- Barcelona Universal
- Hotel Attica 21 Barcelona Mar
- Barcelo Sants
- Hotel Barcelona Center
- Hotel Best Front Maritim
- U232 Hotel
- Occidental Atenea Mar - Adults Only
- Hotel España Ramblas
- Novotel Barcelona City
- Hotel SB BCN Events
- Rafaelhoteles Badalona
- Sercotel Ciutat de Montcada
- Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar, managed by Melia
- Hotel Concordia
- Hotel Gotico
- Sunotel Club Central
- Catalonia Born
- Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona
- Hotel Madanis
- Aparthotel Mariano Cubi Barcelona
- Hotel 1898
- Senator Barcelona Spa Hotel
- Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime
- Aparthotel Atenea
- Hotel America Barcelona
- Barcelo Raval
- Catalonia Park Putxet
- Evenia Rossello
- Gran Derby Suite Hotel
- NH Collection Barcelona Pódium
- Hilton Barcelona
- Room Mate Carla
- Sercotel Amister Art Hotel
- Hotel Derby Barcelona
- Hotel Best 4 Barcelona
- Hotel Colón Barcelona
- Eurohotel Diagonal Port
- TWO Hotel Barcelona by Axel - Adults only
- H10 Port Vell
- Negresco Princess
- Midtown Apartments
- The Corner Hotel
- ZT Barcelona
- Hotel Barcelona 1882
- Seventy Barcelona
3 Star Hotels
- Hotel Best Auto Hogar
- Hotel EuroPark
- Hotel Nouvel
- Oriente Atiram
- Catalonia Park Güell
- Acta Mimic
- Ciutat de Barcelona
- Hotel Travelodge Barcelona Fira
- Porta de Gallecs
- Sunotel Aston
- Hotel Del Mar
- Hotel Granvia
- Hotel Jazz
- Sixties Ramblas
- Hotel Best Aranea
- Leonardo Boutique Hotel Barcelona Sagrada Familia
- Soho Hotel
- Hotel Barcelona House
- Hotel Internacional Ramblas Atiram
- Aparthotel Atenea Calabria
- Acta Azul
- Ona Hotels Arya
- Hotel Rec Barcelona - Adults only
2 Star Hotels
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