Barcelona Travel and Holiday Guide

Barcelona travel guide to one the most popular city destinations in the world

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Barcelona travel and holiday guide

Barcelona is an internationally renowned tourism hot spot as Spain’s second-city and coastal capital home to some of Europe’s most famous sites.

Boasting a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and attractions in every corner, from the Sagrada Familia, to Mount Tibidabo and Montserrat, to the beautiful districts of La Rambla and Paseo de Gracia. Barcelona is a city where art, architecture and culture fuse together to create something very special indeed.

Surrounding the city are popular beaches and resorts and magnificent natural scenery, as well as the port of Barcelona and its cable-car. Holidays to Barcelona  are guaranteed to be full of fun and excitement as well as enlightening as there is so much to do and see.


5 Interesting facts about Barcelona


  • With 4.5km of coastline and seven beaches, National Geographic consider Barcelona to be the best beach city in the world.
  • A quirky mix of Gothic and Modernist architecture, there isn’t a city in the world that offers the contrast of building styles you will find in Barcelona.
  • Sports fans have a choice of venues to visit in Barcelona. Camp Nou, where Barcelona FC play their home games is one of the most visited stadiums in the world and a tour is highly recommended. The Olympic Stadium was first built for the 1929 International Expo and completely renovated when Barcelona hosted the premier sporting event in 1992.
  • La Rambla is probably the most famous street in Barcelona but it’s actually made up of 5 boulevards which have joined together to create one 2km long promenade. This is why you will often here it referred to in its plural form of Las Ramblas.
  • Do not expect to see Flamenco dancers entertaining you in Barcelona. This famous dance is not traditional to Catalonia and therefore has never been popular.



Places to visit


The Church of  La Sagrada Familia

By far the cities most famous landmark and for good reason. This is arguably Gaudi’s most well known masterpieces in the heart of the Catalan capital. It is by far the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona with over two Million visitors each year.


Sagradia Familiar Church Barcelona

Sagradia Familiar Church Barcelona

The structure of the building is immense and ongoing and respected by architects around the world. It was started in 1882 and will not be finished for another 20 to 25 years !


Las Ramblas

is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. Just over one kilometre in length is lined with established trees and has all kinds of shops, bars, restaurants , there are street performers and local characters, it really is a great place to stroll around until the early hours.


Calle Feran

Is one of the most important streets in Barcelona and offers a wide selection of great shops and an excellent choice of quality bars and restaurants. It also has easy access to Las Ramblas.


Placa de Catalyuna

One of the most emblematic plazas in Barcelona and regarded as the central point of the city. For all lovers of local architecture, sculptures and pretty fountains, it is also a favourite spot for chilling out in the heart of the city.


Casa Batllo

This was designed by Gaudi for a wealthy Barcelona aristocrat and is often overlooked by travellers who are visiting the nearby La Pedresa ( another Gaudi treasure ).

Much of the house used to be rented out but is now thankfully a museum and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. What made Gaudi such an impressionable artist, well by visiting some of his most famous works around the city it may help you to understand this unusual and brilliant artist.



Port Olimpic

As the name suggests was completely rebuilt for the 1992 Olympics held in the city. It is now a beautiful and classy marina with an excellent selection of Bars and restaurants, flashy boats and yachts and connects the two large beaches either side.


Barcelona Football Club

For all footy lovers this really is a must visit. A regular home crowd of around 100.000 noisy fans makes this one the biggest football stadiums in the world.


Barcelona Football Club Stadium

Barcelona Football Club Stadium


Placa de Juanme

This is where Barcelona Town council and the regional government headquarters are based. Use the yellow line to get there. On Sundays it is home to the Sardana dance, a traditional dance performed by local Catalans.


The Olympic Stadium

( Estadi Olimpic ) This was the main stadium used for the 1992 Olympics and is now open to the public who have access to all areas where the games took place. ( Use the Green Line on the Metro )



The Gothic Quarter – Bari Gotic  

( Bari Gotic Area ) Located in the old quarter of Barcelona, on the right hand side of the Las Rambas area, it is well known for its cobbled streets and high old buildings. Picasso lived and worked in this area from 1895 to 1904 and famous local artist Joan Miro was born here and where he spent much of his youth.



Barceloneta Beach

Is the nearest beach to the cities centre and around 15 minutes walk from the Ramblas area. For sea food lovers this is the place to enjoy some of the freshest fish and sea food dishes anywhere in Spain. ( Take the Yellow Line on the Metro )



Park Guell

Is another one of Gaudi’s unusual creations and is located in the northern part of the city. Sculptures, mosaics and tiling are all on show in this picturesque and leafy park .


Parc Guell - Barcelona

Parc Guell – Barcelona


The park was cleverly built on land high above Barcelona which gives visitors superb views over the city.



Arc de Triomph - Barcelona


Dining Out in Barcelona

The city has some of the best-regarded restaurants in Spain run by a selection of the most revered chefs in Europe.

Eating out in Barcelona will naturally involve a selection of many other types of food.  There is a wide selection of Paella, Seafood and fresh fish dishes that should be explored at every opportunity.  Tapas are always a firm favourite, they are delicious bite-sized selections of different types of food.

The top restaurants in Barcelona include the Restaurant Can Sole, the El Atril Barcelona  and the  amazing Set Portes.  For lovers of some of the best tapas in Catalonia try the Bar Pinotxo at the Boqueria Market.

Many tourists are surprised to realize that the city has its own distinctive style of cooking, which sets it apart from other regions of Spain, this creates a unique opportunity to try some highly original dishes.

Catalonia cuisine is especially well known for some of its classic takes on seafood dishes, which will feature both fish and different types of shellfish.

For a complete guide check out this article on the 50 top restaurants in Barcelona.



Shopping Options in the City

Tourism Barcelona provides an excellent array of different shops. The city plays host to some of the most famous clothing designers in the world. This city is starting to rival some of the best designers in other top locations as well. As a result, many visitors will find no shortage of different options that are becoming available to them going forward.

Shopping at the Cortes Ingles will give visitors the chance to explore an expansive mall area, which is replete with some of the top shops anyone can find in the area.


Natural Areas to Explore

Barcelona is the capital city of the greater Catalonia region, which has many different exciting things to offer to its visitors. Seeing the beaches in the area has provided people with the opportunity that they need to relax during their stay.

There are also the Pyrenees, which will provide hiking and skiing opportunities to visitors interested in stopping there. Some travellers may want to look into booking packages that will provide a great selection of ecological tourism Barcelona has to offer.


Barcelona Festivals and Fiestas

Barcelona holidays are almost always worth remembering, regardless of when you decide to visit this infamous city. Filled with dozens of tourist attractions, Barcelona holidays are perfect at any time of the year as you will always find something worth seeing or doing.

If you wish to immerse yourself in Spain’s culture, however, you should try visiting on specific festivals in Barcelona that offer an honest view of the people.



For golf lovers

There some excellent golf courses located in Catalonia.  Recently voted the best golf course in Spain, the PGA de Catalunya is only 30 minutes drive up the coast to Girona.  Due in part to the popularity of the PGA resort golf holidays in Barcelona are becoming increasingly popular.

Another location gaining in popularity amongst the golfing community is the Costa Brava.  Salou golf holidays  are readily available and include unlimited golf at the Vi-La Romana Golf Resort.



Places to stay in Barcelona


Hotel Abac

Hotel Abac Barcelona

The  Hotel ABaC Barcelona  is located in a quiet residential quarter of Barcelona, Sarriá – Sant Gervasi, the upper area of the city of Barcelona.   This picturesque part of the city is full of green spaces ,  charm and opulence, a perfect mixture of old and new.

ABaC Hotel Barcelona is very close to the Park Güell and about 15 minutes by car from the famous Plaza Catalunya.  The hotel has earned a well deserved reputation as a first class hotel with more than a sprinkle of extravagance and good taste.

Fine dining is available in the prestigious double Michelin starred restaurant, plus the imperial Zen garden dominated by shades of green.  Here you can enjoy a variety of dining distinct fusion cuisine overseen by the award winning chef Jordi Cruz.




Hotel Arts

The Pool and exterior view of the Hotel Arts Barcelona

The Hotel Arts Barcelona is an architectural masterpiece designed to inspire guests by its futuristic design, stylish rooms, modern décor and spectacular views over the city of  Barcelona.

Now an important landmark on the map of Barcelona, the Arts hotel Barcelona was created at the time of Olympic Games in 1992, when the architects Bruce Graham of Skidmore, and Owings and Merrill succeeded in creating a special hotel which would leave every guest speechless on arrival.

Located right next to Barcelona’s Olympic Port, the Hotel Arts Barcelona is surrounded by plenty of shops, vibrant bars and restaurants. Only a few meters from the hotel are the Barceloneta beach and Ciutadella Park.