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The best of Barcelona

Experience the best of both worlds in Barcelona, where you can combine a beach break and city adventure. Soak up the combination of oceanfront vibes, architectural marvels, scenic parks and majestic museums in this urban hub.

With daily flights from London to Barcelona, planning your trip to the charming capital of Catalonia is as simple as a Spanish siesta. Make the most of great savings on our package vacations, when you book flights and hotels, or flights and car hire together.

You’ll easily flow through the city, soaking up the sights, before stopping at a taverna – where sangria flows freely. There are plenty of ways to get around Barcelona: bike along a choice of cycle routes, jump on a bus, hop in a taxi or ride on the metro. You’ll catch a glimpse of Gaudí everywhere you go. If you choose our car hire option, check your hotel has on-site parking available, as parking in the city centre can be tricky. Kick up dust with your own wheels and venture out of central Barcelona to discover medieval towns, seaside villages, blissful beaches and other Spanish treasures.

Dive into cultural escapades on your Barcelona vacations. Whether you want to shop the boutiques of Passeig de Gracia, dine al fresco in a street-side tavern, admire fine art at the Museu Picasso or explore the Barcelona FC Camp Nou Football Stadium.

Take a day trip to PortAventura theme park or pack a picnic to enjoy at the beautiful beaches of Sitges. When you return to Barcelona, make your way to Montjuïc hilltop, Parc Güell or the beach promenade. If you time it right, you can catch a glowing sunset over the city.


Hiring a car on holiday allows for the ultimate freedom to explore.

Toyota Aygo or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Opel Corsa or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Seat Leon SW or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire

How to see Barcelona on a budget

Choose the ultimate accommodation for your Barcelona vacation, with our carefully selected hotels and resorts within the city centre and just outside, for your perfect trip away.

With such an abundance of charming neighbourhoods, stylish stays and idyllic locations, it can be tricky to narrow down the right hotel for you. That’s why we’ve created a budget planner, to make your vacation planning easier. Check out our budget, mid-range and luxury options to see where your money will take you. From hotels to dining and activities, we’ve got a selection to suit you.


Just a short stroll from the beach, the Holiday Inn Express BARCELONA - City 22@ offers a purse-friendly stay for seeing the city sights. Its brilliant location makes it easy to get to many of Barcelona’s main attractions.

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If you’re looking for scrumptious cheap eats, there are plenty of places to pop into. Try delicious sweet and spicy patatas bravas potatoes from Bar Centro, tuck into tasty pintxos from Euskal Etxea Taberna or pick up a flavourful bocadillo sandwich from Bo de B.


Experience beaming Barcelona on a budget. Check out the Picasso museum for free on Sundays between 3.00 - 8.00pm, time your vacation for a festival that features free concerts or simply saunter around the city to marvel at Gaudí’s wonders.


For a rooftop terrace and pool with surreal city and sea views, the H10 Marina Barcelona is a fantastic choice. Savour the short walking distance to the beach and Barcelona’s Gothic Cathedral. After long days of adventure, unwind in the spa.

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Feast upon tantalising tapas at restaurant Vinitus. Dine at a table, perch at the bar or savour al fresco. Order bowls of calamari, crunchy tempura prawns, plates of Montaditos, savoury chorizo bites and cheesy croquettes. Wash this down with your choice of local wine – the selection here is incredible.


Barcelona’s must-visits include picturesque Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and the grandiose Sagrada Família. Choose tickets for entry only or pay more to carry a pre-recorded audio guide to learn historical details about Gaudí’s architectural treasures.


For the hottest hotel right on the beachfront, the W Barcelona is the only place to stay. Head up to the infinity pool on the rooftop terrace with sweeping views across the city and hit floor 26 for the thriving Eclipse bar.

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Book yourself a table at one of the best paella spots in the city, Can Solé. The seafood menu is overwhelming, so sip on a glass of white wine and nibble on a mix of starters whilst you debate which mouth-watering main to order. Will it be grilled local lobster or cod baked with romesco sauce and potatoes?


Make a move to Tibidabo theme park, just outside the city centre. Soak up the charm of this park on the hills with dazzling views and an array of rides. Enjoy a mix of old-fashioned rides, such as the carousel or hop aboard the modern Muntanya Russa coaster. Be sure to check open dates.

Make the most of your Barcelona vacation

In a city bursting with criss-crossed streets and iconic attractions, the assortment of culture, colourful atmosphere and hearty cuisine will captivate your senses. Our guide to vacations in Barcelona will have you perusing the best spots of Catalonia’s capital.

Where are the best places to stay in Barcelona?

With its cool fusion of urban hotspots and beachfront hangouts, Barcelona offers a plentiful array of places to stay. Play all day by the sea and along the city’s waterfront. Here, you’ll find La Barceloneta, Villa Olimpic, Port Olimpic and Port Vell – where you can relish the choice of restaurants and bars by the shoreline with calming water views.

The Gothic Quarter represents 21st century Barcelona – where the splendour of the ancient past coexists with a vibrant present. Follow enticing smells and sounds through a maze of narrow streets, lined with bars and boutiques. El Raval is an urban up-and-coming area that boasts some of Barcelona’s most impressive modern architecture. This area appeals to the alternative, artistic crowd, with hip hangouts and a less touristy feel.

The vibrant area of La Eixample is characterised by long straight streets on a grid system with wide tree-lined avenues crossing through. Its block is famous for showcasing buildings by four of Barcelona's most important and distinctive Modernist architects – such as Gaudí’s spectacular art nouveau Casa Batlló.

Choose the area of Sant Pere, La Ribera and El Born and explore one of the city’s oldest markets, Mercat de Santa Caterina. Check out the popular Museu Picasso whilst you’re here and take a look at the medieval Palau de la Musica Catalan. The lively, regenerated neighbourhood is a magnet for the city’s trendsetters, attracting an eclectic mix of people. The restaurants, clubs and cocktail bars are stylish but boast a friendly atmosphere.

The Gothic Quarter. © Alexander Spatari

Top five things to see in Barcelona

Gaze up at Gaudí’s glorious designs, tuck into tapas and immerse yourself in the wonders of Barcelona. With its medley of architecture, history, parks, eateries, bars, nightlife and beach – feel the energy of this city.

  1. Walking Tour, Flamenco Show and Tapas Dinner in the Born District, Barcelona
  2. Gaudi Tour with Access to the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, Barcelona
  3. Icebarcelona
  4. Picasso's Barcelona
  5. Tapas and flamenco tour - English at 7.00pm

Read our guide of top things to do in Barcelona for Barcelona activity ideas.

View of Parc Güell. © traveler1116

Multi-city vacations

Take a road trip to see more of Catalonia. After you visit Barcelona, venture around the coast or inland through the plains and valleys. Choose from our available car hire options and get planning an epic Spanish journey. Wake up and hit the road, pulling over at the pit-stops that interest you. Make a move to Seville for flamenco and sweet-scented orange trees, before cruising over to mesmerising Málaga to eat freshly caught sardines before exploring Picasso’s birthplace. Get on the road to see the sensations of San Sebastián for sun, sea and surf or make your way to the magical capital of Madrid – the choice is yours.

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