Gaudi park overlooking the city.
Park Güell

Barcelona

Barcelona is a city of boundless energy, tasty tapas, gothic architecture, and sun-drenched beaches. As the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona’s rich and unique culture permeates the city. Gaudi’s masterpieces, the many museums and the Gothic quarters give visitors a small taste of Spain’s expansive history. Make the most of Barcelona’s enviable lifestyle with the help of our travel guide.

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Places to stay

Barcelona has a variety of accommodation options for all budgets. If you’re looking to stay in the heart of the city, drop your bags in the Gothic quarter. The nooks and crannies of El Raval are fun to wander through during the day or night. El Born, in the old part of the city, is a maze of charming hotels and cobblestone alleyways. For sweeping views of the city and the sea, situate yourself in Gràcia. You won’t find many tourists here, but you will find easy access to Park Güell.

El Poblenou is an industrial beachside neighbourhood that couples mural-lined streets with eclectic nightlife. It’s the place to be if you want a vibrant hub that’s close to the beach and full of cool Airbnbs.

Even with endless beachside options to choose from, splashing out on a place with a pool is always worth it. Grand Hotel Central’s rooftop pool puts it high on the list of the coolest places to stay in town. If you’re on a budget, there is no better city than Barcelona to find awesome accommodation at a steal. With fancy touches and incredible service, hostels like Casa Gracia are often mistaken for hotels.

Things to do

Barcelona is a city best explored on foot. Beat the heat, and the crowds, with an early morning visit to the bustling La Boqueria market or head up the hill to see Gaudi’s impressive sculptural garden, Park Güell. Can’t get enough of Gaudi? Make sure you visit Gaudi’s greatest (unfinished) work, the Sagrada Familia. Beautifully gothic on the outside, while the inside is scaled in rainbow stained glass. If soccer is your preferred form of entertainment, score tickets to one of FC Barcelona’s home games at Camp Nou stadium. If more into shopping than sport, Santa Eulalia is a fashion institution for trendy Barcelonians.

To sample some of the city’s best food, seek out traditional Catalan dishes. Keep an eye out for regional specialities like Botifarra Amb Mongetes, a delicious dish of Catalan sausage with white beans, and the seafood stew, Suquet De Peix. While the traditional tastes of the region are exceptional, throw at least one high-end dining experience into. Tickets is a theatrical tapas restaurant where each plate is a mind-boggling piece of art. Once you’re done with dinner, head out into the balmy evening and enjoy one of the many al frescos or rooftop bars like local favourite, Senyor Vermut.

f you manage to make it past midnight, venture to one of the many clubs that line the city’s Mediterranean shores like Pacha. If you’d prefer a jazz club over a mega one, visit Jamboree. Whether you want to do everything or nothing at all, Barcelona is a surreal place to enjoy some time in the sun.

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Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions

Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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Disclaimer: # You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions