Book hotels in Barcelona to explore a truly exciting and beautiful Spanish city...
Barcelona is Spain's second-largest city and the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, in the north-east of the country.
Placa Catalunya is the attractive heart of Barcelona and the starting point for a walk down Barcelona's most famous street, Las Ramblas. This Old City area with its Gothic Quarter and cathedral is a maze of ancient narrow streets and squares, which when lit in the evening provides a memorable backdrop for a stroll and maybe some souvenir-hunting in the lovely specialist shops.
Eixample is full of wide tree-lined boulevards and upmarket shops, restaurants and bars. Along Barcelona's most expensive and elegant street, Passeig de Gracia, stand two fine examples of Gaudi's architecture, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's famous unfinished cathedral contains a museum dedicated to his work and the crypt where he is buried.
Gracia is an area of contrasts, being the home of Gaudi's Park Guell and also the week-long Gracia Festival which takes place in August each year. Park Guell is one of the most visited places in Barcelona. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated at the top of a steep hill and the park is full of the fairy-tale buildings and curvaceous structures for which Gaudi is renowned.
Montjuic hill overlooks the harbour area of Barcelona and is home to the National Palace and Illuminated Fountains. The 1992 Olympic Games were held here and the Olympic Stadium is open to the public daily throughout the year. The Spanish Village is a must to visit in Montjuic, with its church, central square and craft workshops promoting handmade products. Lovers of modern art will enjoy the Miro Foundation, displaying the work of Barcelona-born artist, Joan Miro.
There are nine beaches in Barcelona, all approximately fifteen minutes by metro from the city centre. They are a major tourist attraction and will be very busy during the peak summer months.
There are many fine hotels in Barcelona, from cosy independent hotels to lavish luxury hotels offering incredible views...
Many Barcelona hotels are small, locally-run establishments which offer good value accommodation that is clean and comfortable. Tourists requiring more upmarket hotels also have a wealth of choice, whether they are looking for some shopping therapy or rest and relaxation on the beach. The majority of visitors choose to stay in the central areas, as Barcelona's excellent public transport system whisks them around the city in a matter of minutes.
Hotels along Las Ramblas and close to Placa Catalunya will suit every budget, from basic no-frills accommodation to the 5* Meridien Hotel. A central location, excellent transport links and beautiful, interesting historic streets make the Old City an excellent area to stay.
Eixample is known for many upmarket hotels, including the 5* Mandarin Oriental, on Passeig de Gracia, where residents can take a dip in the rooftop pool or eat in the Michelin-starred restaurant.
The streets and squares of Gracia are generally peaceful until the third week in August, when the Gracia Festival takes place. The streets of Gracia are filled with a riot of colour as each street adopts a different decorative theme and music plays in all the squares. It is advisable for visitors wishing to stay in this area during August to book early.
Due to its location away from the centre of the city, Montjuic is a quiet and relaxed environment. Close to public transport links, central Barcelona is only minutes away, but the choice of hotels here is equally good. Ranging from small 2* establishments to the 5* luxury of the Miramar, visitors can choose according to their budget.
The most famous 5* beach hotel is W Barcelona, next to Barceloneta Beach. Its impressive sail-like structure is hard to miss and offers incredible views across Barcelona. Many chain hotels can be found near the beach front, in addition to beautifully designed boutique hotels for those with deeper pockets.
This cultural city has a packed calendar of annual events; there's plenty to see and do whenever you visit...
It's no secret that the Spanish love a good party. From yearly fiestas and festivals to the everyday (and every night) happenings in the bars of Las Ramblas, Barcelona is the place to have a good time.
Festival of Sant Joan; June: Celebrate midsummer in Barcelona with fireworks, street parties and all-night celebrations. For a great view of the fireworks make sure you are in the beach area and be prepared for a late night.
Festival del Grec; June-August: A cultural celebration that brings together performers from all over the world.
Festes de la Mercé; September: Be here when the entire city celebrates Catalan traditions and folklore with huge processions and pageants throughout Barcelona.