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Bright and bold in every way, Barcelona is the perfect blend of city and beach, with cobbled streets full of history and tempting beachfront eateries lining the coast.

Destination Highlights

  • Ideal city/beach ratio

  • Amazing architecture

  • Lively and exciting

  • Plenty to do for all ages

Read more about things to do in Barcelona and travel advice for Barcelona.

What are the best beaches in Barcelona?

Barcelona enjoys an impressive 4.5km stretch of sandy bays along its shoreline, making it perfect for a city break with a side of beach. From lively to peaceful; family to nudist, Barcelona has a beach to suit you. Barceloneta is the closest beach to the city centre and definitely the most populated. Restaurants and bars line the edge and there are plenty of stalls and vendors to buy knick-knacks from. The atmosphere is lively here and there are often entertainers, sand sculptors and music being played down the promenade. For a more relaxed vibe head north towards Port Olympic. Nova Icaria Beach and Bogatell Beach offer a more peaceful feel, with locals and families enjoying the calm waters and warm sands.

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What are the top hotels in Barcelona?

Barcelona has a wide selection of great hotels, suitable for all holidaymakers. So, whether you fancy a beachfront beauty, a family-friendly apartment or a hotel in the super-cool gothic quarter, there’s definitely a perfect place for you in Barcelona.

If you’re jetting off on a romantic escape the Occidenal Atenea Mar is the perfect choice - an Adult Only property with rooftop infinity pool located just 500m from the beachfront. Another great choice for a lively couples escape is the Axel Hotel Barcelona Urban Spa. A popular LGBTQ+ hotel with stylish rooms, an on-site spa and swimming pool, and a gorgeous rooftop bar.

For a hotel that works for everyone in your party, the Iberostar Paseo de Gracia ticks all the right boxes. Rooftop infinity pool, central location and gorgeous modern rooms are just a few of the perks of this beautiful hotel.

Looking to take the kids away? Barcelona House is a great option. Located less than 100m from the famous La Rambla, this hotel offers spacious apartment-style accommodation right in the heart of the city. If you prefer staying somewhere a little quieter then head to the Catalonia Park Guell. With a rooftop pool and on-site snack bar, this hotel is sure to keep every family member happy.

Can't decide where to stay in Barcelona? We got you! Make sure to check out our top things to do in Barcelona too!

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With sizzling summers and mild winters, Barcelona is a real year-round destination. Sun-seekers flock to the city in July and August, when the mercury hits a toasty 28°C - and with average highs of 14°C even in December, it’s a sure-fire festive winner compared to chilly Blighty. Be sure to take a brolly for autumn visits, as showers can be pretty common - and in summer, a fan is the perfect accessory for the humid city centre.

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How long does it take to fly to Barcelona?

It takes about two and a half hours to fly to Barcelona from the UK.

What's the time difference between the UK and Barcelona?

Barcelona is one hour ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Barcelona?

The official currency of Barcelona is the Euro.

What language do they speak in Barcelona?

The official language spoken in Barcelona is Spanish.