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Barcelona Hotels  /  Self-Catering Accommodation in Barcelona  /  Travel Guide

Things to see and do in fascinating Barcelona, Spain

On a par with its stuffier sister-city, Madrid the capital of Spain, Barcelona can offer something, quite literally, for everyone.  No cliche intended.  The combination of modern city and historic destination is a fascinating blend.
The wonders of Antoni Gaudi

You can tour the wonders of Antoni Gaudi's modernist creations, including Casa Milà (or La Pedrera) and the ever-fascinating Casa Battló, or stroll through one of the most famous construction sites in the world - the unfinished Temple de la Sagrada Familia, or Temple of the Sacred Family. 

Gaudi took over work on the construction and design in 1891 but regrettably passed away in 1926 before he could finish the job.  Your entry fee will pay towards the ongoing work on this enigmatic and fascinating building.

Many more examples of Gaudi's imagination exist throughout the city, including Parque Guell, a wonderland of modernist art, which was originally intended to be a residential area, but ended up being a great place to stroll and relax with views over the sea.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Shopping & Dining

If looking at architecture isn't to your taste and you would prefer to go shopping, fear not!  Shopping opportunities abound in Barcelona, with fashion, houseware, and anything else you could possibly wish for readily available.

The majority of the major outlets can be found in one area, which leads from the Port of Barcelona, via Las Ramblas, right through to the Plaza de Catalunya and the Passeig de Gracia, and Avenida Diagonal is a great place to shop 'til you drop.

Talking of Las Ramblas, this is one of the best places to stroll and people-watch in Barcelona, with many "human statues" to entertain you along the way.  It is always a good idea to have some change handy for these street artists - give them a coin, and they will obligingly perform for your camera. 

When it comes to dining Las Ramblas is a good choice, but there are many restaurants and smaller cafés dotted around all over the city for your culinary pleasure from traditional Spanish to all types of international cuisine.  Many bars and nightclubs are available for your evening entertainment delight too.
Beaches and boats

Barcelona has some great and welcoming sandy beaches for your enjoyment.  Catch a tan and relax to recover from your touring excesses with some remarkable modern buildings in sight all around.  Barcelonetta is a great place to stay too, overlooking the sea and right near the beaches.

Right next door is Port Vell, with an endless array of yachts, some offering cruise and charter opportunities.

The Port of Barcelona is close by and worth a visit.  This is the place to go if you would like to catch the ferry to the enigmatic Balearic Islands, right out in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea.

Where to stay

In Barcelona you will be spoiled for choice when choosing a place to rest your weary head.  For those wishing to be more independent, there are many holiday rental apartments available.  If you prefer, you can choose to stay in a hostel or hotel in Barcelona, ranging right through from one to five star options.

Choose your area, and whether central or on the outskirts of the city, you will find the public transport is excellent for travelling to all the attractions in the city.


Barcelona Hotels  /  Barcelona Vacation & Holiday Rental Accommodation  /  Travel Guide

Latest update: August 20, 2013