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Where to Stay in Barcelona
Whether you’re more of a sightseer or a beachgoer, Barcelona has a neighborhood for you. If you want to be steps away from Barcelona’s most stunning landmarks, search for hotels in the Ciutat Vella area. This centrally located, densely populated district is home to the city’s oldest buildings.
If you want a taste of the Mediterranean, search for affordable accommodations in Barceloneta. This seaside neighborhood features one of the best beaches in the world. The area’s boardwalk is home to a number of local restaurants that specialize in Spanish seafood. Live luxuriously in the Eixample neighborhood. Home to some of the city’s best examples of Art Noveau architecture, this area offers visitors excellent boutique shopping and nightclubs as well as some swank modern hotels.
Barcelona Hotel Tips
Barcelona hotels can fill up fast during the spring months, especially April and May. Because of the cool, comfortable weather, this is the most popular time for tourism. The end of the September marks Barcelona’s largest festival, the Festes de la Merce, which features a parade, fireworks and live entertainment. Once again, it may be difficult to book cheap reservations during this time, so plan ahead.
Avoid visiting during the peak summer months when the weather can be unbearably hot. Also, many store owners close shop temporarily to escape the heat, so your entertainment options may be limited. For budget travelers, search for hotel deals during the fall and winter months, from October to March. You may also be able to find cheap flights to Barcelona during this off-season.
Barcelona Hotel Recommendations
Located in the historic Ciutat Vella neighborhood along the bustling Las Ramblas thoroughfare, the Hotel MonteCarlo is housed in a 19th-century palace. This four-star hotel is just a short walk to such local attractions as the Picasso museum and La Boqueria, one of the most diverse public markets in all of Spain. The hotel also features a small terrace where guests can soak up the Mediterranean sun.
If you’re looking for a stay in the trendy Eixample neighborhood, book reservations at the ultra modern Claris Hotel. The five-star hotel’s sleek exterior is the perfect backdrop for a dip in the outdoor pool. Rooms are decorated with original art pieces from around the world, and several upscale restaurants are located onsite, including the Andy Warhol-inspired East 47 Tapas Bar.
For those looking for discount rates in a decent location, consider the Market Hotel. Conveniently near many of the city’s top tourist attractions, this small boutique offers budget travelers a hip setting and an exquisite onsite restaurant and bar.
Barcelona has an intricate and comprehensive public transportation system. The city boasts a major bus network, a metro and two tram systems. The Barcelona Metro is composed of nine lines that transport visitors and locals throughout the city. The Trambaix and Trambesos tram systems provide additional transportation options.
In addition to catching a taxi, tourists may want to take a trip on the Tramvia Blau, a historic tram line, to the Funicular del Tibidabo. The Funicular del Tibidabo is an inclined railway that climbs Tibidabo hill. Those wishing to tour the historic Montjuïc Castle can get there via aerial cable car.
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