Barcelona Holidays

Your Barcelona holiday

Rumoured to have been founded by Hercules himself, Barcelona has been envied and fought for almost since its inception. Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Franks have all claimed the city as their own over the centuries.

In the 12th century, with the city growing in importance, the Counts of Barcelona took control of the whole of Catalonia and through marriage formed an alliance with the Kingdom of Aragon. United under the Crown of Aragon, they engaged in empire-building, conquering territories as far afield as modern-day Italy and Greece.

In the 15th century Barcelona's progress halted. After Aragon and Castile united, Madrid was chosen over Barcelona as the capital and seat of power. The rising power of Castile and dominance of Madrid started the bad blood that persists between Barcelona and Madrid to this day. A hotbed of Catalan independence, Barcelona rose up against Philip IV in the 17th century and later opposed General Franco's coup. When Franco claimed power, he robbed Catalonia of its autonomy and forced the Catalan language underground. As ever Barcelona rose again, reinstating its language and reasserting its Catalan identity, and in 1992 it got the chance display itself to the world by hosting the Olympics. Since then, Spain’s second city has not looked back, being known throughout Europe and the world as a capital of culture and the country’s most important city for tourism. With so much on offer, it is a favourite destination for world travellers.

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Caledonian

3 stars
3.9 / 5 35 reviews
Unwind at this snug hideout with charm aplenty and free Wi-FiThe small and charming Caledonian sits right on the edge of Barcelona’s high-end Eixample district, a quick walk from the iconic Las Ramblas, the bustling Gothic Quarter and the upscale shops of Paseo de Gracia. Cozy rooms at the Caledonian come with complimentary Wi-Fi. For guests without their own laptops, the business center in the lobby has a computer with wireless Internet. Service is personalized, friendly and includes express checkout. HighlightsGood location on the edge of the upscale Eixample districtFree Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the hotelPersonalized service and express checkout LocationLocated on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district, this hotel is set one kilometre (a half-mile) from the shops and cultural attractions of La Rambla and Passeig De Gràcia. RoomsCaledonian has 51 neat and pleasant guest rooms with peach-colored curtains, cherry wood furnishings, parquet floors, desks and mounted prints on the walls. Large windows let in heaps of light while mirrored wardrobes and wall mirrors enhance the spacious feel of the rooms. The en-suite marble bathrooms come with tubs, hairdryers and toiletries. Other in-room amenities include work desk, satellite TV and mini bar (fees apply). Free Wi-Fi in the rooms is a great added benefit. In addition to singles, doubles and triples, the new superior rooms on the top floor come with private terraces and updated bathrooms.   FeaturesLocation is a bonus of the cozy Caledonian, located a seven-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district. In addition to well-equipped rooms with free Wi-Fi, the hotel offers a range of services such as tourist information at the 24-hour reception and reservation services for train tickets, car rental and show bookings. Laundry and parking facilities are available (fees apply). A plethora of restaurants and bars sits within easy walking distance of the Caledonian. TransportationBarcelona International Airport (7.4 mi/12 km)Closest metro stop: Universitat (on the L2 line) AttractionsPlaza Catalunya (.4 mi/.7 km)Paseo de Gracia (.6 mi/.9 km)Las Ramblas (.6 mi/1 km)Sagrada Familia (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Port Olimpic (1.9 mi/3 km)
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Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
3.9 / 5 28 reviews
Swank high-rise hotel appeals to design and architecture hawks Located in Barcelona's Sant Marti neighborhood, right by Jean Nouvel-designed Agbar Tower, Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona is a spectacular showpiece by Catalan architect Juli Capella. The property is a striking feat of cutting-edge architecture and interior design, with dazzling contrasts of black and white on the façade and stylish contemporary guest rooms. The rooftop swimming pool and solarium offer panoramic city views. The on-site Piano Restaurant serves renowned Basque and Catalan cuisine. Highlights Striking architecture and interior design Stylish contemporary guest rooms with all the trappings Excellent on-site restaurant serving Catalan and Basque fare Rooftop swimming pool and solarium (open seasonally)  RoomsThe size and configuration varies in each of the 228 rooms and suites at Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona. What they all have in common is a contemporary design with warm-tone textiles, stylized lines and an overall minimalist aesthetic. Each unit is equipped with a mini bar, direct-dial phone, safe, high-speed Internet access (fees apply in some rooms), plasma TV with satellite channel, air-conditioning and great soundproofing. The glass-walled bathrooms have an avant-garde look with hydro-massage tubs. bathrooms come stocked with design toiletries. Some rooms and suites have sea views while others overlook the Agbar Tower and Sagrada Familia. FeaturesSilken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona offers unique design elements such as a dazzling fishbowl-inspired entrance featuring a curved ceiling with water bubbles. Touches of wood and copper abound. The rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace at Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona has a bar serving snacks, sandwiches, tapas and drinks. The Piano Restaurant, recommended by the Michelin Guide, serves Basque and Catalan fresh-market cuisine for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. The snazzy Tecla Cafe serves buffet breakfast and snacks daily till 11 p.m. The lobby bar features live piano music. The hotel provides private garage parking onsite (fees apply). Five well-equipped rooms are available for business meetings. Transportation Barcelona International Airport (9.4 mi/15.1 km) Closest metro stop: Glories (L1 line) Attractions Sagrada Familia (.8 mi/1.3 km) Plaza Catalunya (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Paseo de Gracia (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Las Ramblas (1.8 mi/2.9 km)         
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Confortel Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 47 reviews
Snazzy hideaway with a rooftop pool a hop and a skip from the beachA quick walk away from the beach and Puerto Olimpico, Confortel Barcelona is a sleek modern hotel with a full spectrum of facilities. In addition to free Wi-Fi in the contemporary guest rooms, the hotel features a rooftop swimming pool. Right next to the pool is a fitness center and a sun terrace. The on-site restaurant specializes in Mediterranean fare. The location, steps away from the beach, is superb. The city centre is easily accessible via a short four-stop ride on the metro. Highlights Outstanding location a ten-minute walk from the beachFree high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotelRooftop swimming pool, fitness center and sun terrace Free bottled water in the rooms Rooms Confortel Barcelona offers 224 bright guest rooms with stylish décor and modern design. Standard rooms come with a full line of amenities, including plasma TVs and spacious bathrooms. Free perks include Wi-Fi, bottled mineral water in the mini bar and the choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The junior suites on the seventh floor showcase a living room, a private balcony and hydro-massage bathtub and shower. Room service and laundry service are available (fees apply). Features A great pick for beach lovers, Confortel Barcelona sits an easy walking distance from Puerto Olimpico and the beach. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, including the rooms and suites. Four computer terminals in the lobby are available for guests without their own laptops. The hotel features a rooftop with a swimming pool, a small but well-equipped fitness center and a sun terrace. The on-premise restaurant serves tasty Mediterranean cuisine and features sleek design. The nearest metro is a hop and a skip from Confortel Barcelona, located four stops away from the city center. The nearby Puerto Olimpico offers a plethora of dining and drinking options. Transportation Barcelona International Airport (9.5 mi/15.3 km)Closest metro stops: Llacuna and Poble Nou (on the L4 line) Attractions Puerto Olimpico (.8 mi/1.3 km)Picasso Museum (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Plaza Catalunya (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Las Ramblas (1.9 mi/3.1 km)Sagrada Familia (3.6 mi/5.9 km) Business Eight well-equipped meeting rooms for up to 300 peopleFree wireless and hard-wire Internet service
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Salles Hotel Pere IV

4 stars
3.4 / 5 15 reviews
Pere IV is situated in the Poble Nou District, 10 minutes' walk from the lively Port Olimpic area and Barcelona's beaches. This hotel features spa, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi access. Each of the spacious rooms comes with a free welcome minibar. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, with satellite channels. The a la carte Gaudi restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel serves a daily, buffet breakfast. The Pere IV's spa includes a sauna, sensation showers, a Turkish bath and a jacuzzi. There is also a 24-hour reception. The Pere IV is a short walk from the beach and the new marina. Nearby Bogatell Metro Station offers easy access to the beach and the city centre, which can both be reached within 15 minutes.
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Hotel Exe AB Viladomat

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews
The Hotel is situated in the heart of the Eixample district, the hotel is very close to all the city's central communications points, Sants railway station and the Conventions Centre, the Palace of Congresses and the Fira de Barcelona Trade Fair.The cost also include Breakfast.The hotel also provides Banquet Facilities,Business center,Conference Facilities,Disabled facilities,Disabled facilities,Doctor on call,Internet access-Wireless,Laundry service,Lift/Elevator,Lobby,Non-smoking rooms,Parking facilities-at cost,Reception,Room service and Safe deposit box. Breakfast service available at 8.20 + VAT per person per day.
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Abba Sants

4 stars
4.2 / 5 17 reviews
This is a modern, welcoming hotel which opened in 2000. This light, bright hotel is located alongside public gardens, in the center of the city of Barcelona. Offering very convenient access to El Prat airport, the Recinto Ferial de Barcelona and much more, with a multitude of facilities and a magnificent restaurant, Amalur, serving original and Basque cuisine. Additional amenities - lobby and reception. Breakfast available at 13.50 eur per person per day. Parking available at 19 eur per night.
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Hotel SB Plaza Europa

4 stars
4.0 / 5
SB Plaza Europa Hotel (4 stars) is located next to the Fira- Granvia Exhibition Centre designed to meet every need, for both leisure and business guests. Its 243 rooms are fully-equipped with free Wi-fi, LED TV 32in , USB and MP3 connection and work area.The hotel also offers a restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, a rooftop swimming-pool with a panoramic terrace and pool -bar, and a fully equipped gym, steam room and sauna.
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Vincci BIT

4 stars
3.9 / 5 10 reviews
Vincci BIT hotel is located at the end of the emblematic Avenida Diagonal, in the well-known 22@ distric (Forum). Situated in a new building on Josep Pl 69, just minutes walking distances from the Mar Bella beach and very close to Diagonal Mar shopping mall and to the International Convention Centre (CCIB). Find the tram and metro (Line 4) at just 100 metres, that will take you straight to the historic gothic quarter and commercial center of the city in only 15 minutes. Vincci Bit's Interiors will be a clear reflection of the cosmopolitan, modern and dynamic personality of Barcelona. The differentiation of this new and revolutionary hotel is the incorporation of various areas decorated for several graffiti artists.
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Barcelona Princess Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 23 reviews
Striking avant-garde design with heated pools and a central locationWith its imposing height and unique color scheme, the Barcelona Princess Hotel is noticeable from some distance. This hotel strikes visitors as being somewhat special from the moment they first see it. For relaxing there are two heated pools, one of which is open air with impressive views over the city; for dining there is a choice of the N1 restaurant, the Estrella restaurant, the Corner Bar and the Gym Bar. The modern, hi-tech surroundings are impressive. The hotel is within easy reach of the conference centers and the beaches. Parking is available for a fee, and the hotel is within walking distance of many transport options, including the popular tourist bus. 3 Reasons To Stay: Two outdoor heated swimming pools, one with spectacular views from the 23rd floor Spacious, airy rooms with free Internet and minibar, all providing large picture windows with views over city or sea Enviable location in front of the Forum area; walking distance to beaches and close to bus, tram and subway stops Barcelona Princess Hotel RoomsExpect spaciousness as standard, with large picture windows, the rooms are flooded with natural light – no cramped rooms here. Guests have wide views over the sea or the city itself from every room. The room amenities include a hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers. Upgrade to one of the 38 large Junior Suites for a balcony or terrace, while guests in the two Suite Princess rooms relax with a private terrace, Jacuzzi, king sized bed and free Cava and chocolates. All Barcelona Princess Hotel rooms provide free Internet access and have a free minibar. Staying for a while? Then indulge in the convenience of having your clothes laundered and returned to your room (fee payable). Connecting rooms make travelling with the family simple, while the business center efficiently supports those visiting for work. Things To Do:  Barcelona International Convention Centre (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Port Olympic (1.9 mi/3.1 km) Parc de la Ciutadella (2.4 mi/3.8 km) Arc de Triomf (2.4 mi/3.8 km) Sagrada Familia (2.5 mi/3.8 km) Palau de la Musica Catalana (2.8 mi/4.5 km) Barcelona Cathedral (2.9 mi/4.6 km) Plaza Catalunya (3 mi/4.8 km) Las Ramblas (3 mi/4.8km) Parc Guell (3.4 m/5.5 km)
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Expo Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
3.8 / 5 36 reviews
Expo Hotel is specially designed to provide maximum comfort and functionality. Located just a few steps from the central Sants railway station and the fair grounds (Fira Barcelona), this hotel is also only a few minutes from the famous Avenida Diagonal, Barcelona's financial and commercial centre. Plaza Catalunya is a 5 minute journey by local train. The hotel offers the Stop'n'Rest zone, a casual 3-in-1 dining area that is a combination of reading corner, snack bar and restaurant, outdoor swimming pool (open May to September), 9 meetings rooms and parking. All of the 423 rooms in the Expo Hotel Barcelona are of very good size, right up from the 184 standard rooms and 26 individual rooms to the 213 executive bedrooms. The impressive facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, terrace with stunning panoramic views out over the city, banquet facilities, bar, business center, conference facilities, currency exchange, doctor on call, dry cleaning, free Internet access - wireless, laundry service - at cost, lift/ elevator, lobby, non-smoking rooms, parking facilities - at cost, reception, restaurant, room service - at cost, safe deposit box - at cost, smoke-free hotel, solarium, swimming pool - outdoor.
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Caledonian

3 stars
3.9 / 5 35 reviews
Unwind at this snug hideout with charm aplenty and free Wi-FiThe small and charming Caledonian sits right on the edge of Barcelona’s high-end Eixample district, a quick walk from the iconic Las Ramblas, the bustling Gothic Quarter and the upscale shops of Paseo de Gracia. Cozy rooms at the Caledonian come with complimentary Wi-Fi. For guests without their own laptops, the business center in the lobby has a computer with wireless Internet. Service is personalized, friendly and includes express checkout. HighlightsGood location on the edge of the upscale Eixample districtFree Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the hotelPersonalized service and express checkout LocationLocated on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district, this hotel is set one kilometre (a half-mile) from the shops and cultural attractions of La Rambla and Passeig De Gràcia. RoomsCaledonian has 51 neat and pleasant guest rooms with peach-colored curtains, cherry wood furnishings, parquet floors, desks and mounted prints on the walls. Large windows let in heaps of light while mirrored wardrobes and wall mirrors enhance the spacious feel of the rooms. The en-suite marble bathrooms come with tubs, hairdryers and toiletries. Other in-room amenities include work desk, satellite TV and mini bar (fees apply). Free Wi-Fi in the rooms is a great added benefit. In addition to singles, doubles and triples, the new superior rooms on the top floor come with private terraces and updated bathrooms.   FeaturesLocation is a bonus of the cozy Caledonian, located a seven-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas on the edge of Barcelona's Eixample district. In addition to well-equipped rooms with free Wi-Fi, the hotel offers a range of services such as tourist information at the 24-hour reception and reservation services for train tickets, car rental and show bookings. Laundry and parking facilities are available (fees apply). A plethora of restaurants and bars sits within easy walking distance of the Caledonian. TransportationBarcelona International Airport (7.4 mi/12 km)Closest metro stop: Universitat (on the L2 line) AttractionsPlaza Catalunya (.4 mi/.7 km)Paseo de Gracia (.6 mi/.9 km)Las Ramblas (.6 mi/1 km)Sagrada Familia (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Port Olimpic (1.9 mi/3 km)
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Nightly rates from €83.81

Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona

4 stars
3.9 / 5 28 reviews
Swank high-rise hotel appeals to design and architecture hawks Located in Barcelona's Sant Marti neighborhood, right by Jean Nouvel-designed Agbar Tower, Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona is a spectacular showpiece by Catalan architect Juli Capella. The property is a striking feat of cutting-edge architecture and interior design, with dazzling contrasts of black and white on the façade and stylish contemporary guest rooms. The rooftop swimming pool and solarium offer panoramic city views. The on-site Piano Restaurant serves renowned Basque and Catalan cuisine. Highlights Striking architecture and interior design Stylish contemporary guest rooms with all the trappings Excellent on-site restaurant serving Catalan and Basque fare Rooftop swimming pool and solarium (open seasonally)  RoomsThe size and configuration varies in each of the 228 rooms and suites at Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona. What they all have in common is a contemporary design with warm-tone textiles, stylized lines and an overall minimalist aesthetic. Each unit is equipped with a mini bar, direct-dial phone, safe, high-speed Internet access (fees apply in some rooms), plasma TV with satellite channel, air-conditioning and great soundproofing. The glass-walled bathrooms have an avant-garde look with hydro-massage tubs. bathrooms come stocked with design toiletries. Some rooms and suites have sea views while others overlook the Agbar Tower and Sagrada Familia. FeaturesSilken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona offers unique design elements such as a dazzling fishbowl-inspired entrance featuring a curved ceiling with water bubbles. Touches of wood and copper abound. The rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace at Silken Diagonal Hotel Barcelona has a bar serving snacks, sandwiches, tapas and drinks. The Piano Restaurant, recommended by the Michelin Guide, serves Basque and Catalan fresh-market cuisine for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. The snazzy Tecla Cafe serves buffet breakfast and snacks daily till 11 p.m. The lobby bar features live piano music. The hotel provides private garage parking onsite (fees apply). Five well-equipped rooms are available for business meetings. Transportation Barcelona International Airport (9.4 mi/15.1 km) Closest metro stop: Glories (L1 line) Attractions Sagrada Familia (.8 mi/1.3 km) Plaza Catalunya (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Paseo de Gracia (1.5 mi/2.5 km) Las Ramblas (1.8 mi/2.9 km)         
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Nightly rates from €55.72

Confortel Barcelona

4 stars
4.0 / 5 47 reviews
Snazzy hideaway with a rooftop pool a hop and a skip from the beachA quick walk away from the beach and Puerto Olimpico, Confortel Barcelona is a sleek modern hotel with a full spectrum of facilities. In addition to free Wi-Fi in the contemporary guest rooms, the hotel features a rooftop swimming pool. Right next to the pool is a fitness center and a sun terrace. The on-site restaurant specializes in Mediterranean fare. The location, steps away from the beach, is superb. The city centre is easily accessible via a short four-stop ride on the metro. Highlights Outstanding location a ten-minute walk from the beachFree high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotelRooftop swimming pool, fitness center and sun terrace Free bottled water in the rooms Rooms Confortel Barcelona offers 224 bright guest rooms with stylish décor and modern design. Standard rooms come with a full line of amenities, including plasma TVs and spacious bathrooms. Free perks include Wi-Fi, bottled mineral water in the mini bar and the choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The junior suites on the seventh floor showcase a living room, a private balcony and hydro-massage bathtub and shower. Room service and laundry service are available (fees apply). Features A great pick for beach lovers, Confortel Barcelona sits an easy walking distance from Puerto Olimpico and the beach. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, including the rooms and suites. Four computer terminals in the lobby are available for guests without their own laptops. The hotel features a rooftop with a swimming pool, a small but well-equipped fitness center and a sun terrace. The on-premise restaurant serves tasty Mediterranean cuisine and features sleek design. The nearest metro is a hop and a skip from Confortel Barcelona, located four stops away from the city center. The nearby Puerto Olimpico offers a plethora of dining and drinking options. Transportation Barcelona International Airport (9.5 mi/15.3 km)Closest metro stops: Llacuna and Poble Nou (on the L4 line) Attractions Puerto Olimpico (.8 mi/1.3 km)Picasso Museum (1.4 mi/2.3 km)Plaza Catalunya (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Las Ramblas (1.9 mi/3.1 km)Sagrada Familia (3.6 mi/5.9 km) Business Eight well-equipped meeting rooms for up to 300 peopleFree wireless and hard-wire Internet service
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Salles Hotel Pere IV

4 stars
3.4 / 5 15 reviews
Pere IV is situated in the Poble Nou District, 10 minutes' walk from the lively Port Olimpic area and Barcelona's beaches. This hotel features spa, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi access. Each of the spacious rooms comes with a free welcome minibar. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, with satellite channels. The a la carte Gaudi restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel serves a daily, buffet breakfast. The Pere IV's spa includes a sauna, sensation showers, a Turkish bath and a jacuzzi. There is also a 24-hour reception. The Pere IV is a short walk from the beach and the new marina. Nearby Bogatell Metro Station offers easy access to the beach and the city centre, which can both be reached within 15 minutes.
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Hotel Exe AB Viladomat

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews
The Hotel is situated in the heart of the Eixample district, the hotel is very close to all the city's central communications points, Sants railway station and the Conventions Centre, the Palace of Congresses and the Fira de Barcelona Trade Fair.The cost also include Breakfast.The hotel also provides Banquet Facilities,Business center,Conference Facilities,Disabled facilities,Disabled facilities,Doctor on call,Internet access-Wireless,Laundry service,Lift/Elevator,Lobby,Non-smoking rooms,Parking facilities-at cost,Reception,Room service and Safe deposit box. Breakfast service available at 8.20 + VAT per person per day.
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Flights to Barcelona

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Dublin Barcelona Thu 22 May - Thu 29 May €97
Vienna Barcelona Mon 16 Jun - Mon 23 Jun €176
Paris Barcelona Sat 3 May - Tue 6 May €112
Helsinki Barcelona Wed 18 Jun - Sat 21 Jun €186
London Barcelona Fri 16 May - Fri 23 May €102
Warsaw Barcelona Sun 1 Jun - Thu 5 Jun €126
Manchester Barcelona Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Athens Barcelona Thu 1 May - Wed 7 May €245
Ibiza Barcelona Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Dubai Barcelona Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
Cork Barcelona Sun 11 May - Sun 18 May €177
Fort Myers Barcelona Sun 27 Apr - Sun 4 May Check rates
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Best time to take a holiday to Barcelona

  • The weather in Barcelona is pleasant throughout the year. Even in December, January and February, the temperature does not usually go below 7°C, and in July and August, daytime temperatures can reach 28°C. July is the ideal month to visit Barcelona if you enjoy the sun, as it is also the driest month. However, July is peak tourist season, and you may find that popular tourist attractions are extremely crowded. With its spring-like temperatures and refreshing sun, March is a great time for a quieter visit to Barcelona, and no matter when you want to visit, you will find the best deals for air tickets and hotel rooms on ebookers.

Barcelona holiday travel tips

  • Metro

    Fast and reliable and with stops anywhere you would want to go in the city, the Barcelona metro is a great way to move around. The 'M' signal indicates a station on one of the city's eight lines. You can buy single journeys or purchase sets of ten. Travel passes are flexible and convenient, and also work on trams and buses. The metro runs until midnight on weeknights and 24 hours on Saturdays.

    Taxis

    The city's black-and-yellow taxis are an inexpensive travel option. All are metered, and from the airport to the centre of town is a 25 minute trip.

    Buses

    Barcelona is well served by buses, but most lines stop running before the metro and traffic congestion in the city can make bus travel frustrating. However, if you are stuck for a taxi home after a night out, the yellow Nitbus runs from late night to early morning and its routes cover most central locations. Your travel pass will not work on these buses.

    Bus Turístic

    If you prefer to sit back and relax rather than trying to decipher a new city's transport network, the Bus Turístic is perfect for you. You can board and jump off these spacious double-deckers as you please. They are open-topped for the ideal viewing experience. The three routes cover all of the major attractions, from the city beaches, to Montjuic and even out to FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium.

    By Car

    Barcelona is a busy city, and its streets are prone to traffic problems. But if you are planning to get out of town for a day trip, check out offers on car hire in Barcelona.

Insider tips for Barcelona travel

  • Port Olympic

    This quiet stretch of beach is located right near the port of Barcelona. Watch the ships as they depart from the port as you soak up the beautiful Barcelona sun.

    Espit Chupitos

    Enjoy the atmosphere of a real local bar at any of the locations of this small chain of shot bars.

    San Jose Market

    Located off of Las Ramblas, this vibrant marketplace sells everything related to food..

    Park de la Ciutadella

    This park features spectacular waterfalls as well as some of the famed architect Gaudi's earliest work.

    Carrer de la Riera Baixa

    This is the avant-garde and bohemian shopping strip of Barcelona, where you can find anything from American-style letter jackets to authentic vintage clothing.

Where to stay in Barcelona

  • For the regal experience, check in at the Catalonia Albinoni Hotel. Built as a palace in the late 19th century by Pedro Bassegoda y Mateu, the hotel today retains much of its neoclassical splendour. It is built around a courtyard—the reception and bar are here. The original central staircase is a marvel to behold. Recent additions include an outdoor pool with waterfall, and a solarium.

    Perfectly situated for exploring the city's modernist art treasures, the Murmuri Hotel almost falls into that category itself. Contrasting with the marble façade outside, the design within is sleek, with clean lines but plenty of warmth and comfort. The rooms feature flat-screen TVs and mood lighting to make your visit as pleasant as possible. The hotel's terrace on the Rambla Catalunya is a great place to watch the world amble by.

    Check in and head straight to the rooftop swimming pool with a spectacular view at B-Hotel. A monument to modern design, the hotel is easy to find—just look out for the giant sculpture of the letter 'B' perched on the roof. From the pool you can look down on Plaza Espanya and the spectacular coloured fountains of Montjuic.

    A happy marriage of the old and the new, the Claris Hotel can be found in a 19th-century palace. The palace has been extended to ensure guests can enjoy both period charm and all the comforts one expects from a top-notch hotel. It even has a gym, spa facilities, and an outdoor pool.

Barcelona restaurants

  • For a taste of true Catalan cuisine, where better than Barcelona’s oldest restaurant? Can Culleretes (C/ Quintana, 5) has been welcoming customers since 1786, and it is hard to believe the menu has changed much in 220+ years at this city stalwart. Traditional Catalan favourites still dominate, with dishes like escudella (a rustic stew with beans, vegetables), and butifarra (a Catalan sausage), wild boar, and a wide range of local fish and seafood.

    For something a little more contemporary, try Tapioles 53 in Poble Sec (Tapioles 53). Closed-door restaurant, food society, speakeasy—call it what you will—Tapioles 53 is not your average restaurant. With nothing to mark it out as an eatery on the street and almost no money invested in publicity, it is a word-of-mouth kind of place. Booking is essential, as there is space for only 24 people. The menu reflects the cosmopolitan background of owner and chef Sarah Stothart, who has lived in half a dozen countries and personally sources all of her ingredients from local markets.

    Barcelona is famed for its traditional small dishes, or tapas, and there are few better places to go for an introduction to this way of eating than Taller de Tapas (Argenteria 51, El Born). With menus in English and plenty of tables, this is a great stepping-stone before trying one of the standing-room-only traditional tapas joints where menus in any language are a rarity. Choose from plenty of standard tapas along with exciting daily specials.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Health

    There are no compulsory vaccinations for a trip to Barcelona, although boosters for those covered in the vaccination schedule are recommended. This includes: Tetanus, polio and diphtheria.

    The tap water is fine to drink.

    Barcelona's health infrastructure is excellent. Before you go, ask your local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

    Safety

    As in most major cities, acts of petty crime do occur in Barcelona. In order to be on your guard, bear the following advice in mind:

    - Do not walk unaccompanied after dark or in poorly lit areas.

    - Do not walk around with jewellery or other objects that may attract attention.

    - Do not leave valuable belongings in parked vehicles.

    - In bars, do not take drinks or food offered by strangers.

    - Do not carry a large quantity of cash on your person.

    Following the terrorist attacks organised by ETA in 2004, travellers are urged to exercise the utmost caution.

    Tip: It is highly recommended that you make photocopies of all your travel documents and keep the copies on you so you are prepared if the originals are stolen or lost. Keep the original documents in a safe place with a little money. Most hotels in Barcelona can offer a safe for this purpose. When you travel, take a mobile phone with you and ensure you know the emergency telephone numbers. If you are assaulted, keep calm and do not resist or retaliate.

    Transport: Drivers are advised not to stop for hitch-hikers.

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