Barcelona is constantly alive with activity and excitement. La Rambla teems with people enjoying a stroll, heading out with a group of friends, and taking in the sights of the city. The Gothic Quarter tells the story of Barcelona’s ancient past with its narrow streets and medieval architecture. And all around the city are the famous works of beloved architect Antoni Gaudi, like Sagrada Familia. These are a few of the areas that tourists absolutely love about Barcelona and can’t seem to get enough of.
Whether you’re visiting Barcelona for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll find our quick travel guide to Barcelona very useful. It contains all the best things to do in Barcelona, places to eat and drink, and even includes our top picks for where to stay, all in one short infographic.
What to Do in Barcelona
Want to plan ahead and book a few of the things we’ve mentioned to do below? It’s always a good idea to pre-book for popular tours. They sell out fast. (By the way, these are affiliate links – if you use them to book, we will receive a small commission).
- Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour
- Wine and Cava Day Trip from Barcelona
- Priority Access: Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour
Where to Stay in Barcelona
There are a couple of things we’ve come to expect from hotel rooms in Spain. One is that the walls and floors are typically not well insulated, so you can hear your neighbors in their rooms, in the hall, walking around, etc. Another is that the beds are not as soft or comfortable as in U.S. hotels. As long as you understand those two things, your expectations will be set appropriately.
Here are our recommended hotels in Barcelona. Please feel free to use any of these links to read reviews, see prices and book your stay (they are affiliate links that help us keep the lights on around here):
For more choices, check out these Hotels in Barcelona, Spain
Shortcut Travel Guide to Barcelona
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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.