Barcelona

WHY VISIT BARCELONA?

Barcelona is the heart and soul of Spain. Here, you’ll find vibrant culture, stunning architecture, tasty tapas and fun, sandy beaches. Bienvenido!

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WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA?

If you’re visiting the city for a short time, stay in the city center. Everything will be walking distance from here.

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Map of Barcelona

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Alma Barcelona ($$$) Cool shades of gray and white, modern digs and fabulous spa with an indoor pool and sauna. Best location in Eixample neighborhood.

Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux ($$$) Historic facade and modern, playful interior. Quick walk to the action on the La Rambla promenade as well as the beach.

Hotel Ohla Barcelona ($$$) Best rooftop pool in the city. Delicious breakfast and across the street from a concert hall.

Margot House ($$$) Big windows and bright light. Warm wood panels, zen ambiance and lots of green plants.

Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel ($$) Hip rooftop terrace and pool with sleek, understated Nordic style decor inside.

WHERE TO EAT IN BARCELONA?

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Caelis Restaurant ($$$$) Fancy and formal, for serious foodies. The price fixed lunch menu is a steal.

Uma Restaurant ($$$$) Avant-garde, tasty and modern cuisine. Courses include stone fish with apple broth, suckling pig, chocolate bomb with coffee ice cream and berries with rose petals.

Petit Pau ($$) Only 6 tables at this hidden gem. Fantastic duck, clams and chocolate cake.

Mastico ($$) Go just for the risotto. Modern setting and great pasta.

Bar Canete ($$) Awesome, stylish tapas. Order the tomato bruschetta, sangria, eggplant and lobster croquettes.

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Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona

WHERE TO GO AT NIGHT IN BARCELONA?

Can Paixano ($$) Old school wine bar with great cava and snacks. Crowded in a good way.

Cassette Bar ($$) Old school cassette tapes plastered everywhere. Amazing gin & tonics.

La Terrrazza ($$) Fun, rowdy, open air nightclub.

BEST INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR BARCELONA?  

Soho House Barcelona @sohohousebarcelona

Official tourist board @visitbarcelona

W Barcelona @w_barcelona

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Barcelona Beach and City View

HOW TO GET TO BARCELONA?

Barcelona has a major international airport, El Prat or BCN, that is located a 20 minute drive from the city center. There are direct flights to/from major cities in Europe (check EasyJet and RyanAir for fares/schedules) as well as most international destinations. A direct flight between New York City and Barcelona is about 7.5 hours and is offered by major U.S. carriers like United and American.

HOW TO GET AROUND BARCELONA?

Barcelona is a walkable city. There is no Uber but plenty of taxis. If you have more time, get to know the city’s extensive metro and bus networks.  A taxi from the airport to the city center will cost around EUR 25.

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