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Barcelona


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"I love Barcelona, an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future."
– Le Corbusier

From simple nails and hammers through to modern computer-aided design, work on the imposing Basílica de la Sagrada Família has been ongoing for over 138 years. You shouldn’t need quite as long to see the highlights of beautiful Barcelona but we also can’t promise you that a single vacation will quench your desire to see more. This is a city with a big historic legacy. Its origins can be traced back to the 1st-century BC when it became the Roman colony of Barciro. Today Antoni Gaudí’s Modernist architecture has become the main attraction for visitors from all over the world. Barcelona has two UNESCO listings covering nine buildings. Seven of them are by Gaudi!

Despite its age, a youthful, energetic city vibe can be felt in all Barcelona’s quarters. Embrace your hidden love of Gothic aesthetics followed by Catalan cuisine with a private chef and finish your evening with a ramble on La Rambla, the heart of social Barcelona. So whether you feel like a picnic overlooking the beach-fronted La Estrella Herida, a private tapas tour throughout the city, or a stroll through the Gaudi-inspired Park Güell, there is something for everyone!

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Barcelona

Spend some time in Barcelona on a tour that takes in other cities in Spain and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Barcelona and other destinations throughout Spain and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Barcelona

No city in Spain receives more tourists than Barcelona. So much so that you could be overwhelmed with choice. However, we have curated a list of well located and welcoming  hotels that are surrounded by the city's main attractions. After a long day of sightseeing, relax in the tranquil setting of the Eixample neighborhood, a perfect grid of large boulevards and home to the famous shopping street Passeig De Gracia, which is filled with designer boutiques, fancy restaurants, and modern bars. Opt for somewhere right in the center by Placa de Catalunya or for those wishing to be nearer the beach, a modern skyscraper with sweeping coastline views awaits. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Luxury Heritage Hotel
An iconic reminder of Barcelona's early 20th century glory.
Historic luxury hotel
Airy, restored 19th century landmark.
Boutique hotel
Cool and bustling hotel in the heart of Barcelona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city best enjoyed either on foot or as you meander through the city's streets and alleys or by bike, as you travel the vast network of cycle paths. The city center is mainly pedestrianized so you can enjoy some shopping and sightseeing in comfort. History lovers can discover what Barcelona looked like in the 1700s by visiting El Born Center of culture to marvel at the ruins. If you would like to enjoy more of a small-town feel within the city, why not wander through the Gracia neighborhood, where you can see the life of locals without countless street vendors and groups of tourists. We offer a range of private and shared tours in and around Berlin. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
Following Gaudi's Legacy Private Tour
Wine in the City Private Tour
The Gothic Quarter Private Walking Tour
Gerona and Besalu Full Day Private Tour
Penedes Wine Region Private Day Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Barcelona

How many days should I spend in Barcelona?
We recommend spending at least two nights in Barcelona. The city is so captivating that you can't just run through it. Give yourself time to immerse yourself in the culture, architecture, and culinary delights. Make sure to include a day trip or excursion that brings Catalunia closer to you. Two nights/three days will leave you with an experience that lasts.
How much should I expect to spend person per day in Barcelona?
You can expect to spend at least 35-40 EUR/person/day (40-45 USD) for food, beverages, transportation, and random leisure needs (spontaneous visit to a museum). It's certainly possible to spend a lot more on eating out in Barcelona if you want to dine at top restaurants. If you plan to take excursions, the average cost may rise to 100-120 EUR/person/day (120-150 USD). Day trips usually include transportation, some food, and drink.
How do I get around Barcelona?
Barcelona has a well-developed subway system that will allow you to move around the city very efficiently. They offer a touristic card (Hola Barcelona) valid for the Metro for 48, 72, 96, 120 hours from the first time you use it and entitles you to an unlimited number of travels. This ticket can be purchased online.
Any tips for clothes and souvenir shopping in Barcelona?
Barcelona is a shopping paradise. There are two main shopping areas. The Portal del Angel offers affordable quality goods in international and local fast-fashion brand stores, including local shoe shops. The Passeig de Gracia invites you to look for cool, high-end stuff. If you take a detour from Passeig de Garcia, you will run into recycling, upcycling, and artisan stores, like Lydia Delgado's designer shop. If it comes to souvenirs, we recommend staying away from stereotypes - you will find candy shops, a glass factory, hand-painted artifacts, and more in Barcelona!
What kind of cultural venues will I find in Barcelona?
Barcelona boasts of cultural venues. The city that protects Gaudí's legacy is a Mecca for art and architecture lovers. Quirky museums, cool art galleries, sophisticated exhibition spaces, live music events will spice up your stay in the Catalan capital. If you prefer to stay outdoors, you should not miss the street art and graffiti in Barcelona.
Where's best, easiest and safest to get some local currency in Barcelona?
ATMs are safe to withdraw cash in Spain. You can use your credit card in most restaurants, cafés, and bars. For some hidden or street-based souvenir shops, you might need cash, but it is very seldom. In case using your credit card, please always require payment in the local currency, which is EUR in Spain.
What are the options in Barcelona for people with dietary restrictions and intolerances?
The Mediterranean diet is on the menu all around the country and so it is in Barcelona! Spanish cuisine uses a lot of rice and chickpeas that make the life of a gluten-intolerant easy-peasy. Milk is not a popular ingredient either, which is good news for lactose intolerants. Should you have any specific restrictions, feel free to turn to the waiter, who will helpfully assist you with the right choice of meal.
Is Barcelona safe?
Barcelona is a safe city but loaded with tourists all the time, and that can make anyone a victim of pickpocketing or other petty crimes. If you walk with a securely fastened bag, you will hardly face anything like that. The Ramblas area also needs precaution, especially during the night time, after a few drinks. Make sure to keep your money in your bag and never leave it unattended. If you do not dress like a tourist (slippers, shorts, shirts, etc.), you will be less likely an object of petty crimes.
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