About Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the busiest and most dynamic metropolitan areas in 21st century Europe. It's an active port city and its thriving nightlife distinguishes it as one of the most cosmopolitan centers of the western world. But Barcelona is also an ancient coastal town that honors its history. Once a Roman outpost and later a medieval trading hub, Barcelona's historic center displays the city's long religious heritage with an extraordinary collection of gothic cathedrals. In every corner from the city center outward, Barcelona's contributions to art and culture, particularly modernism, are evident in its museums, cuisine, and architecture.

Here are a few sights that you shouldn't miss:

  • The Sagrada Familia: The most well-known structure designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi, this fantastic, huge, and still unfinished temple looms in the city center.
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MACBA): Barcelona has plenty of art museums, but if you have to choose only one, come here, and be sure to visit the permanent Picasso and Dali exhibits.
  • Caixa Forum: This museum changes exhibits frequently. Located on the Avenida Marques de Comillas, it's free and very popular with locals.
  • The zoo in Parc de la Ciutadella: The zoo in Barcelona is an excellent place to visit with children. There's also an aquarium, the largest in Europe.
  • The Cable Car: The cable car that runs from Barceloneta Beach to Montju‹c provides breathtaking views of the city from above.
  • Poble Espanyol: This little village was created in 1929 to display different styles of Spanish regional architecture.

No matter the length of your vacation, you will not run out of things to see and do in Barcelona. From the best Spanish cuisine created by world famous chefs, to an endless variety of bars and nightclubs that will challenge your endurance, to art and history that will stretch the limits of your imagination and make you fall in love with Spain forever, Barcelona has it all.

Luckily, it's very easy to find a vacation rental in Barcelona. Rent a Spanish villa by the beach, or book a condo or apartment in the city center for access to restaurants, museums, and night spots.