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Gaudi Barcelona and Panoramic City Tour
Enjoy a private tour to visit Gaudi's masterpieces: the Sagrada Familia Church, La Casa Batllo, Casa Ametller and Casa Lleo Moreno: with a detailed tour to La Pedrera (Casa Mila)..... Read more...Tours in Cataluña

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Barcelona- Capital of Catalunya and a place of constant fascination.  A mixture of modern, gothic and modernist, with wonderful architecture, museums, cathedrals and other places to visit.  Visit our photo galleries for more information on the available tourism options in this exciting city or read the featured travel articles below:
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Casa Battló - L'Eixample Area:
The magical world of Casa Battló - designed by Antoni Gaudí for the Battló family.  More than a building, it is a legend of art and the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí.  The Modernist facade represents the waves of a calm sea - the roof tiles look like fanciful scales.  The attics and chimneys never fail to delight and fascinate.  As Gaudí was known to say ".. the only straight line is the horizon..."
Originally the architect was asked by the textile magnate Josep Batlló to demolish a nondescript building designed in the 1870s by Emilio Sala Cortés and create a new house. But Gaudí convinced Batlló that he could keep the existing structural framework and remodel it into a masterpiece that would both shock and delight fin de siècle Barcelona. Casa Batlló is situated on the Paseo de Gracia in L'Eixample, one of Barcelona's most exclusive neighborhoods. Also on this so-called "block of discord" are the houses of other prominent industrialist families such as the Amattlers and the Lleós. At the turn of the century these families were engaged in a battle to "keep up with the Joneses."
If one house featured tile, the next house would incorporate more elaborate tile. If one family hired a particular architect, the next family to build would hire a more prominent one.
Gaudí was the last architect in this competitive sequence to build in the notorious block of discord. By the time he arrived, the stakes were high, and he needed to produce something spectacular. His success is evident; the Batlló house represents a creative tour de force. It is one of Gaudí's last private commissions before he grew more reclusive and dedicated his energies to the Sagrada Familia.  View photo gallery
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Casa Milà - La Pedrera - L'Eixample Area:
"Casa Milà - La Pedrera" (1906-1912).   In the late 19th and early 20th century the district of Eixample (Passeig de Gràcia and the surrounding areas) became the hub of Barcelona's expansion.  Antoni Gaudí was commissioned by the industrialist, Pere Milà, to construct a building on the boundary of Barcelona and Gràcia, as both a family residence and also to be leased as separate dwellings.
Owing to the way its facade appears to be carved out of rock, the Casa Milà was nicknamed "La Pedrera", which means stone quarry.  In 1984, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site."  It is interesting to note that there is an excellent view of Sagrada Familia from the roof!
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Barcelona Center Hotel, Barcelona
The Barcelona Center Hotel is located in the Eixample district of central Barcelona, Spain, 300 metres from the designer boutiques of historic Passeig de Gracia avenue. Barcelona's Museum of Modern Art, the lively promenades of Las Ramblas and Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia cathedral are within one-and-a-half kilometres.  The Barcelona Center Hotel's lobby has large windows, striped sofas and orange-and-brown furnishings. There is a sun terrace, and guests can receive sightseeing advice from staff at the 24-hour front desk.  International and local cuisine is served in the modern Balmes 103 Restaurant. Guests can relax on the sofas in the Lobby Bar. In summer, cocktails are served at the alfresco Terrace Bar.  The hotel offers meeting rooms, business services and computer rental.  There are complimentary high-speed Internet connections in public areas.  The hotel has a well-equipped fitness centre and a sauna. 
Boutique Hotel Barcelona
The Boutique Hotel Barcelona is located in Barcelona, Spain, 1.5 kilometres from Gaudi's La Pedrera and Las Ramblas. The nearest railway station is 500 metres from the hotel.  This four-storey hotel is set in a period building from 1894. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff who can offer tour assistance and concierge services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the air- conditioned public areas and a complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning.  The 15 guestrooms are decorated in earth tones and have contemporary furnishings and balconies. All are equipped with televisions and complimentary wireless Internet access. Other standard amenities include tea and coffee facilities and air-conditioning. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. 
Eurostars Gaudi Hotel, Barcelona
The Eurostars Gaudi is located in the center of the Eixample District in Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is 500 meters from Sagrada Familia, the unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum and shopping at Las Ramblas are within three miles of the hotel. Olympic Village and Barceloneta Beach are six kilometers away.  Patterned marble floors, red chairs and modern lighting accent the hotel's lobby. Buffet-style breakfasts are available daily, while drinks are served in the bar. The hotel's sun terrace offers views of Barcelona. Room service is available 24 hours a day.  Although the hotel faces a busy street, guestrooms are soundproofed to minimize distractions from inside and outside.  Guestrooms at the Eurostars Gaudi are decorated with wood floors and contemporary artwork.
Hotel Alexandra Barcelona
The contemporary Hotel Alexandra is located in central Barcelona, Spain, surrounded by the upmarket boutiques of the Eixample district and two blocks from Gaudi's La Pedrera (Casa Mila). The lively promenades of Las Ramblas, the Picasso Museum and La Barceloneta beach are within two-and-a-half kilometres. The Da Luca Ristorante is an Italian restaurant from the region of Liguria, featuring Genovese dishes. Drinks and snacks are served all day at the quiet Lounge Bar on the mezzanine level.  The hotel offers a boardroom for up to 8 people and a banqueting hall for receptions of up to 100 people. AXB Restaurant also features private function rooms. A high-speed Internet connection is available in the lobby (surcharge).  The Hotel Alexandra's 109 air-conditioned, sound-proofed guestrooms are decorated in soft, neutral shades with cherrywood furnishings.
Hotel Claris Barcelona
The modern Hotel Claris is located in the Eixample district of central Barcelona, Spain, 50 metres from the Egyptian Museum and 300 metres from the modernist architecture of Gaudi's La Pedrera. Passeig de Gracia's designer boutiques and the Old Town are within one kilometre. Passeig de Gracia metro station is 200 metres from the hotel. Hotel Claris occupies a 19th-century building that has a contemporary interior, and is filled with both modern art and antiques.  Andy Warhol prints adorn the walls of modern East 47 Bar and Restaurant. Creative fusion dishes include game and fresh caviar. In summer, La Terraza del Claris offers international and local dishes, and has a resident DJ. Drinks are served in the Hotel Claris bar.  The hotel has an outdoor pool, sauna and fitness centre.
Hotel HCC Regente, Barcelona
Housed in a modernist building built in 1913, the HCC Regente is a modern hotel sitting 150 metres from the sculptures, paintings and library of the Antoni Tàpies. Located in the upscale Eixample district, this historic hotel is three blocks from Gaudí's La Pedrera and about two km (one mile) from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.  The roof terrace is open during the summer months and features a bar, swimming pool, and solarium. The raised deck offers fantastic views of Barcelona, including the spires of La Sagrada Família, Montjuic, and the distant Tibidabo. The bar at end of the lobby has a modernist stained glass window and still has the original 1913 cash register behind the counter, though nowadays it sits next to a computer. A TV sits in the corner and a large cubist style mural depicts the city. Drinks and light snacks are served all day.
Hotel Omm, Barcelona
The hotel is 100 metres from La Pedrera, the Casa Mila designed by renowned architect Gaudi, and Passeig de Gracia's wide boulevards and boutiques. The lively promenades of Las Ramblas, the Gothic quarter and La Sagrada Familia Cathedral are all within one kilometre. The Diagonal metro station is 100 metres from the hotel. Moo Restaurant is decorated in black-and-white tones with contemporary art and serves local Catalan specialties and fine wines. Moovida Restaurant offers seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can take in panoramic city views and drinks at the poolside bar with roof terrace. The Omm hotel's nightclub stages live performances and music. The rooftop pool has wooden decking, and a terrace with views of Gaudi's Casa Mila. The health centre includes massage areas, water treatments and hair salon. Decorated in light, neutral colours with modern furnishings, the Omm hotel's 91 air-conditioned guestrooms have balconies and parquet floors.
Majestic Hotel Barcelona
The hotel is located in the elegant Paseo de Gracia, where you can find some of the most famous representatives of Catalan Modernist architecture, such as the Casa Batllo and Pedrera, both by Antonio Gaudi. This area has been chosen by some of the leading international labels , which makes the Paseo de Gracia a must for shooping.  The bedrooms are small but and tastefully decorated with modern and classic furnishings. The en-suite bathrooms are completely marbled. The hotel has been totally renovated to a very high standard.  Majestic hotel has 2 restaurants in total, The Majestic buffet meal served on the ground floor for breakfast, lunch and supper. And the Restaurant Drolma considered one of the city's best haute cuisine restaurants in Barcelona.  Majestic hotel also offers a business center, exterior pool and fitness center including gym, massages, sauna and steam bath.
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The Camp Nou, Catalan for "new field", often erroneously called the "Nou Camp" (in both Spanish and English) is a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain. The stadium has been the home of FC Barcelona since its construction in 1957. It is a UEFA 5-star rated stadium, and has hosted numerous international matches at senior level, and UEFA Champions League finals, the most recent being in 1999. It has a capacity of 98,772, making it the largest stadium in Europe, and the eleventh largest in the world. Its official name was Estadi del FC Barcelona (FC Barcelona Stadium) until 2000, when the club membership voted to change the official name to the popular nickname, Camp Nou.  Across Camp Nou is the Palau Blaugrana, the stadium for indoor sports and adjacent is the Ice Rink, the stadium for ice-based sports. Just behind the complex is the Mini Estadi, the stadium where the FC Barcelona Atlètic plays its games.
AC Victoria Suites Hotel, Barcelona
The AC Victoria Suites is located in Barcelona, Spain, within 3.5 kilometres of Plaza Espana and six kilometres from the magnificent La Sagrada Familia cathedral.  This 11-storey hotel is set in the quiet residential area of Pedralbes. It is built in a contemporary style and offers an outdoor swimming pool, a sun terrace, and landscaped gardens.  The front desk and room service are available around the clock, and other practical amenities include concierge services. Niechel, the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, serves dishes inspired by the Mediterranean Sea. Breakfast is served daily in the restaurant (surcharge).  AC Victoria Suites offers meeting rooms for up to eight people, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. 
Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona
The high-rise Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I is located in Barcelona, Spain, within two kilometres of Camp Nou stadium and six kilometres from Las Ramblas. The nearest metro station is Zona Universitaria.  Open for breakfast (surcharge), lunch and dinner, Café Polo has a daily themed menu ranging from Catalan to Basque dishes. A long, extensive buffet table and furnishings divide the restaurant into an informal area with timber chairs and a more elegant and formal area. The Garden Restaurant, in the exotic garden, offers a modern Mediterranean menu. The low-lit Aris Bar resembles an old-style cocktail bar, and mixed drinks and cocktails are its speciality. The Royal Fitness health spa (surcharge) features a gym, two heated indoor pools, jetted tubs, sauna, steam bath, aroma cabins and hydro-massage showers. There's a heated outdoor pool open all year.
Husa Arenas Hotel, Barcelona
The Husa Arenas is a five-story hotel close to the city's business district and shopping boutiques, set 250 meters from the Palau Reial Gardens. The hotel restaurant serves international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with fixed price meals and a la carte menus.  The hotel houses a modern conference room. Guests can relax with a drink or specialty coffee in the bar, or use the Internet services (surcharge applies).  In the evening, guests can take a pleasant stroll to the nearby Palau Reial Gardens, or visit the scenic Parc Guell, which is 600 meters away. Other attractions such as Montjuic, Casa Milà, and Pavelló Mies van der Rohe, are all within three kilometers of the hotel. The 60 air-conditioned guestrooms have simple yellow and blue décor and modern wood furnishings.
Princesa Sofia Gran Hotel, Barcelona
The high-rise Princesa Sofia Gran Hotel is located in the Diagonal financial district of Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is one block from the Royal Palace and two blocks from Barcelona Football Club's Camp Nou stadium. Gaudi's La Pedrera, the Gothic Quarter and the lively promenades of Las Ramblas are within four kilometres.  Contraste restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine in three dining areas. A la carte, buffet and set menu options are available. The ground-floor restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drinks are on offer in the hotel's indoor bar and poolside bar.  The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools. Guests can relax by the pool in a sun lounger, and enjoy drinks on the terrace. The spa offers saunas, a spa tub, hydrotherapy treatments, beauty services and in-room massage treatments (surcharges apply).
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The Barcelona Olympic Port is one of the most important in the city, today. There you´ll find beaches, the Catalonia History Museum, Rambla of the sea, and the Aquarium.  This area was born with the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. For this reason, a once abandoned area turned into building and leisure activities, business, and some of the most important tourism offices in Spain. A walk along the Olympic Port is tons of fun. You can enjoy their golden sand beaches, and in some, you can enjoy fun aquatic sports.  Next to the Olympic Port you´ll find the Barceloneta, a fishermen district made of narrow streets with the aroma of the sea.  Port Olimpic, Barcelona, Spain
Confortel Barcelona
The Hotel Confortel Barcelona is located in Barcelona, Spain, four kilometres from the city centre. The Sagrada Familia cathedral is three kilometres away and Las Ramblas thoroughfare is at a five kilometre distance. The nearest metro station is situated 50 metres from the hotel.  The hotel houses a fitness room and indoor pool, and those arriving by car will find parking available on site (surcharge). Further amenities include complimentary wireless Internet, room service, and laundry facilities.  The Confortel Barcelona hotel houses an informal restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes. The 224 guestrooms are decorated in a contemporary style and provide complimentary wireless Internet and complimentary minibars. Further amenities include air conditioning, satellite television, and hair dryers.
Hotel Arts, Barcelona
The Hotel Arts Barcelona is located in Barcelona, Spain, one block from the Olympic Port and beaches. It is one kilometre from the Picasso Museum and two kilometres from Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church. Passeig de Gracia is 2.5 kilometres away.  The Hotel Arts Barcelona forms part of a marina and has an outdoor swimming pool. It houses a fitness centre featuring saunas, steam rooms, and hydrotherapy pools.  The onsite spa includes special "treatment zones". Guests can indulge in onsite shopping and visit the beauty salon. The property also houses a casino.  The Hotel Arts Barcelona has a range of dining options, including the stylish yet informal Bites restaurant. Creative Catalan tapas can be sampled at the Arola restaurant, while drinks and cigars can be enjoyed at the bar.
Hotel Pere IV, Barcelona
The Hotel Pere IV, located in Barcelona, Spain, is east of the city center in the new 22@ district. The hotel is 600 meters from Villa Olimpica Beach. The National Theatre of Catalonia and Barcelona Auditorium are within 800 meters. Ciutadella Park, the Museum of Modern Art and the Barcelona Zoo are one kilometer away. The Gaudi Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves a selection of traditional Mediterranean dishes and nouvelle cuisine. Specialties include the traditional pan tomaquet, made with olive oil, fresh tomato and a pinch of salt. Drinks and snacks are served throughout the day in the bar. Business amenities include multiple meeting rooms and wireless Internet access in public areas of the hotel. Cardiovascular equipment is available in the hotel's gym. An indoor pool, sauna and spa tub are located on site.
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