Destination guide

Experiencing Barcelona from a vacation rental

Barcelona boasts a reputation as one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities – and for good reason. In the daytime, massive plazas and Mediterranean beaches are filled with laid-back sun-seekers, while in the evening, revelers flock to lively nightclubs and tapas bars. Its rich cultural landscape is also defined in part by the famed works of architect Antoni Gaudi, and no trip is complete without a visit to his still-unfinished Sagrada Familia church or a stroll through the gardens in his Park Guell. A host of hotels, apartments, and vacation rentals will fit your needs, whether you're arriving in Barcelona as a solo traveller or part of a vacationing couple or family.

History

Barcelona features an embarrassment of riches when it comes to historic sites. You can start as far back as ancient Rome at the Barcelona City History Museum, which showcases the remains of palaces and baths from the empire's glory days. Nearby, the Basilica La Seu is a church that dates to 343. Leap to the early modern era with a trip to Montjuic Castle, a hilltop military fortress built in 1640 to defend the region from invaders. Finally, Museu Picasso explores the world of art history, housing one of the most extensive collections of works by Spanish master Pablo Picasso.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Barcelona

Do you want to find things to do in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Barcelona a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Rambla del Raval (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • La Rambla (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Bubbleparc (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Barcelona Aquarium (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Carrer Montcada (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Barcelona Zoo (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Barcelona

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Barcelona is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Montjuic (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Barceloneta Beach (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Mar Bella Beach (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Park Guell (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Placa de la Sardana (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Barcelona

Fly into Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.1 mi (11.4 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Barcelona Placa de Catalunya Station, Plaça de Catalunya Station and Barcelona Paseo de Gracia Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Barcelona by jumping on the metro at Parc de Montjuic Station, Paral-lel Station or Liceu Station.

How to get around

Getting around the city from your Barcelona vacation rental

Like most great European cities, Barcelona doesn't require a car for exploring. In fact, you'll see more when travelling on foot. The city does also offers an extensive public transportation network, in the form of metro lines, buses, and trams, and aerial cable cars and funiculars will help you reach isolated hilltop spots. For those itching to take a bike ride, you'll find plenty of local companies renting equipment to visiting cyclists. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, you may be pleased to see the streets are flooded with taxis, particularly in tourist-filled regions.

Food & drink 

Eat well and often while travelling through Barcelona

Mouth-watering aromas fill the streets of Barcelona, as street vendors prepare massive pans of paella and churros with chocolate dipping sauce. For a bit of light dining, visit a tapas bars or Basque taverna where small dishes can be shared or enjoyed all on your own, including platters with olives, ham, tomatoes, and cheeses. Eat like the locals and sample some Catalan cuisine while in town, including such popular dishes as pa amb tomaquet, or bread drenched in tomatoes and garlic, and xiprions, also known as fried squid. Top it all off with a Catalan dessert, the creme brulee-like dish known as crema Catalana.

Essential info

Essential information for your Barcelona vacation rental

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Spain's Catalonia region, with the metro region featuring a population of around 4.8 million people. Spanish is the official language in the city, but many residents and locals also speak the Catalan language. The Euro is used as currency across Spain. When you're dining out, tipping isn't required, but if you want to show appreciation for excellent service, the rate is 7-10%. The drinking age in Barcelona is 18. Crime is relatively low throughout the city, but pickpocketing is not unusual, so keep a close eye on your belongings. In the event of an emergency, call 112.

Where to stay near Barcelona?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 4,394 house rentals near Barcelona. From 3,938 Condos/Apartments to 251 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Barcelona is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Barcelona?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Barcelona:

  • El Barri Gòtic: 1,430 vacation rentals
  • Dreta de l'Eixample: 2,330 vacation rentals
  • Sant Gervasi - Galvany: 1,005 vacation rentals
  • La Barceloneta: 541 vacation rentals
  • El Born: 555 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Barcelona?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Barcelona. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Las Ramblas: 4,538 home rentals
  • Arc de Triomf: 4,571 home rentals
  • Plaça de Catalunya: 4,558 home rentals
  • Barcelona Cathedral: 4,569 home rentals
  • Sagrada Familia: 4,562 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Barcelona listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Barcelona?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,938 Condos/Apartments in Barcelona. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Barcelona include:

  • Houses: 251 lodging choices
  • Villas: 98 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 21 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Barcelona?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 517 vacation homes with pool available in Barcelona.

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