Barcelona , is the capital of Catalonia , a region of Spain with its own unique language, character and history . A classic Mediterranean city, Barcelona has a rich history and is an important cultural center within Europe . Spain’s second largest city is well known for its stunning architecture and excellent beaches but perhaps its most appealing characteristic occurs at night when the city truly come alive. The city offers visitors a wide array of attractions, world-class beaches, spectacular historical sites as well as some of the most renowned galleries and museums in the world. Barcelona is an economic, cultural and sporting hub of the Catalonian region. The tourism industry is one of the city’s largest assets and this is reflected in the sheer number of hotels and accommodation options found across Barcelona.
Alternative Accommodation – Bed and breakfast, Villa and apartments to rent in Barcelona.
Central Barcelona is adorned with various hotels and hostels, but a more authentic and affordable option is to take a typical Barcelona holiday apartment. Providing all the household amenities you would expect from your own home, an apartment rental is the best way to soak up the atmosphere of the busy metropolis. Our favorite place to stay in Barcelona, is close to the beach, Wimdu hundreds of beautiful apartments and villas by the glorious Mediterranean sea. A villa in Barcelona allows you more space and privacy and maybe even your own pool. Being located on the beach is a great option to soak in the beauty of Catalonia’s coastline, whilst remaining close to the cultural attractions of the city center. Along with the added benefit of helpful tips from your accommodation hosts, holiday apartments and bed and breakfasts offer you a unique insight into Barcelona’s real heart, away from the tourist bubble of the hotel and hostels. Wimdu
offer a great range of cheap holiday apartments in Barcelona that can give you a real feeling for life in a bustling Spanish city.
Did you know?
Barcelona was heralded the best beach city in the world by National Geographic, but until the Olympics arrived in 1992 there was no beaches used for leisure.
The Camp Nou
, home to FC Barcelona
is the biggest stadium in Europe with a maximum capacity of 100,000 people.
World Book Day
was inspired by the Barcelonan traditional of book giving.
Barcelona attracts over one million visitors a week.
With an accident every 90 seconds, Barcelona has some of the worst drivers in the world.
Things to Do
Barcelona has a long standing history as one of Europe’s greatest cultural powerhouses, and its artistic heritage in particular, is second to none. From shimmering landmarks of the financial district to the gothic treasures and outrageous architecture of Antoni Gaudí , the Catalonian capital is abundant in cultural and artistic delights.
Here are our top 5 must-sees for every visitor to the city :
Sagrada Familia: The most popular landmark in the whole of Spain, this magnificent cathedral was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, who also designed many of Barcelona’s signature attractions. Building on the Roman Catholic basilica began in 1882 and is still under construction today, with project is set to be completed in 2026 to the coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. It receives over two million visitors a year and is one of the most acclaimed buildings in Europe. However, Gaudi’s work was originally met with unease and recognition was to come long after his death.
La Rambla: Barcelona’s most famous boulevard is a hive of activity. Street performers, restaurants, bars and excellent markets are just some of the attractions which sees so many visitors descend on the street. Lined by beautiful trees and stretching 1.3km from Plaza Catalunya down to the ports and beach, the road used to be a river bed. Today, it is the main street in the city for tourists.
Barceloneta: Stretching over 4.5km of coastline, Barcelona’s beaches are one of the city’s main lures. Renovation, brought about by the 1992 Olympics, has seen the former port and wasteland turned into one of Barcelona’s most thriving and fun areas, with great bars, hotels, restaurants and most importantly seven magnificent beach offering locals and tourist access to the beautiful Mediterranean.
Parc Guëll: The fairytale-like complexion of the park’s buildings have enchanted visitor to Barcelona for many years and are probably the most personal and interesting buildings of Gaudi’s large portfolio in the city. The most famous attraction in in the park is known as the Salamander structure and is one Barcelona’s main postcard shots.
Camp Nou: The legendary home of FC Barcelona is one of the city’s most visited sites. Holding up to 100,000 passionate fans, this breathtaking stadium houses one of the world’s most famous soccer teams. On top of its sporting significance, the arena also holds a historical and cultural importance to Cataluña, dating back to its role in undermining of the Franco’s dictatorship regime. Take a tour of the ground to learn more, or if you are luckily enough grab a ticket and experience the awe-inspiring nature of European football and the electric atmosphere that surrounds it.
Barcelona’s main international airport is EL Prat, situated just 14km from the city center. Regular shuttle buses and a metro line ferry flyers between the city and the airport. During your time in the city it’s a great idea to take advantage of Barcelona’s 10-journey tickets which offer great value. Once you have more of your bearings however, you should certainly make use of the best way to see Barcelona - on foot. The central parts of Barcelona, and importantly to visitors all the major attractions, can be comfortably found by foot. This makes it easier to choose an apartment rental or a villa in Barcelona, as you can just rent the accommodation that suits your needs the most, without having to worry about the proximity to the city’s major attractions. Finally, complete your break in Barcelona by taking the Teleferic de Montjuic cable car, which links the city to the top of Montjuic, which offers excellent views of the city.