The capital of Catalonia, is a sensation of ancient and modern architecture, tempting cafes and markets and excellent Mediterranean beaches. It is Europe’s third favourite destination with an astonishing number of 8 million tourists per year.
Modern art museums and chic shops are located next to Gothic buildings, in an entwined mix of magnificence. Barcelona’s vibe stays lively well into the night, when you can linger over regional wine and cuisine at buzzing tapas bars.
Take a stroll along the central area of La Rambla and through waterfront La Barceloneta, to experience the lively city. Take a journey around Antoni Gaudí’s buildings, including the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Park Güell. Visit the Gothic Catedral de la Seu, where you can enjoy traditional Catalan dancing, the famous Sardana. If you are a sport’s fan, make sure you visit Camp Nou (Nuevo Campo), Barcelona FC’s home stadium and museum.
Best Time to visit
Best time to visit is May – June where you can enjoy warm weather and the open air festivities. Mind you, it is the season with the highest hotel rates. July and August host a warm, humid summer and a crowded and expensive city. Low budget hotels are usually fully booked, so make sure you book in advance. September to November the weather is mild, with sea temperatures still warm enough and moderate room rates. Winter and early Spring offer great hotel deals, but temperatures are low and rain is plentiful.
Budget Hotels Areas
There is a wide variety of hotels in Barcelona and prices are generally moderate. If you are on a budget avoid the city centre. You can find great hotels, hostels and homestays around the city. If you prefer more privacy and independence, try renting an apartment. Low budget hotels and hostels are located in residential areas, such as the Sarria and Eixample districts. Both areas are packed with great restaurants, bars and shops. Get a Barcelona-Card where you get free and unlimited access to the subway and buses, which helps for easier travelling and sightseeing.
Selected Hotels in Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona
«Staff was very attentive. Payed attention to every detail and did not miss…»
«The level of service we received was the best from any 5 star hotel in Europe…»
Olivia Plaza Hotel
Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
«Reception staff were amazing; so very friendly and helpful. Always with a smile…»
«Great location and service, staff were very helpful with large, comfortable rooms…»
Condes de Barcelona
«One of the best hotels we ever been. Great localisation. Highly recommended…»
«Friendly helpful staff, nice rooms and the whole property was clean and tidy…»
Room Mate Pau
«Clean rooms, stylish & renovated, very good breakfast, good value for the money…»
«Location, Service from staff, Breakfast, Large comfy bed. Well done Room Mate Pau!…»