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Where to Stay in Barcelona – Best Areas & Neighborhoods for Tourists

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If you don’t know where to stay in Barcelona you’re not alone.

When I came to this city I had to live in 5 or 6 Barcelona neighbourhoods before I got my bearings.

Don’t worry though, prospective traveler.

From drink districts to peaceful precincts and everything in between you’re about to find the best area to stay in Barcelona based on your needs – so let’s take a quick tour around the city.

Where Should I Stay in Barcelona?

Tourists visiting Barcelona stick to about ten Barcelona neighbourhoods (called barrios) due to an area’s:

I’ll be breaking down all the best neighbourhoods to stay in Barcelona using this criteria.

Where to Stay in Barcelona: The Top 10 Areas to Stay

tourists shopping in the born barcelona

El Born and La Ribera – Best Neighbourhood for Shopping

Attractions: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★★☆  Nightlife: ★★☆☆  Relax: ★★★☆

If you like boutique shopping and cool Barcelona bars then book a hotel in El Born.

Pros

The charm of this safe and central neighbourhood comes from its pedestrian only streets and tasteful street art which creates arguably the prettiest barrio in the city.

Many of Barcelona’s best luxury hotels are in El Born.

It’s in this neighbourhood that you’ll find the Picasso Museum as well as the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral. You’ll also be just minutes away from a great picnic spot at Ciutadella Park.

From here you’re also just a 20 minute walk to the beach. If you’re visiting Barcelona with kids this is the best area to stay in Barcelona with family.

That said, if you’re looking for a party the nightlife isn’t far away from El Born if you need it.

Cons

If there are any downsides it would be that bars and hip restaurants tend to be pricey – but this means quality too. Any great central location is gonna charge a premium so don’t stress too much.

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people gather in a gracia square to have coffee and drinks in barcelona spain

Gracia – Best Area for Local Vibes

Attractions: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★★☆  Nightlife: ★☆☆☆  Relax: ★★★★

Gracia used to be a separate town from Barcelona and retains some of its independent feel.

Pros

What will strike you about this very safe area is Gracia’s never-ending supply of beautiful squares and its complete lack of chain restaurants and shops. This may be the only true Catalan neighbourhood left.

It’s the best neighbourhood to grab a morning coffee at a good local cafe or unwind with a cold beer or artisan gelato in a square straight out of a postcard. You can also get to Park Guell walking if you don’t mind a bit uphill.

You’ll get great rest in Gracia since it’s an area devoid of noisy nightlife – not to mention it’s pedestrian-only. I’d recommend this area for young families or couples visiting Barcelona for a low-key weekend.

It’s also great being in the city center – without feeling like you’re in the city center.

Cons

Downsides for those looking where to stay? If you’re deep into Gracia it’s not very accessible except on foot. If you’re looking for a party as well this won’t be the wisest choice.

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el pont del bisbe in the gothic quarter barcelona

El Barrio Gotico – Best Neighbourhood for Sightseeing

Attractions: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★★★  Nightlife: ★★★★  Relax: ★☆☆☆

Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a maze of bars and restaurants without end.

Pros

Locals go here for big nights at quirky bars or bumping clubs. If you’re looking for the best area to stay in Barcelona for nightlife or on a stag do/bachelor party then this is it.

This neighbourhood of contrasts gives us the famous Barcelona Cathedral and the classic square Plaça Reial. You’ll also be right in the thick of Barcelona’s best shopping street Portal de L’Angel.

For solo travelers this will be your best bet to meet people in the city centre or hit up live music venues.

Cons

For downsides the beach is about a 40 minute walk, things can get noisy at night, and you’ll have to dodge some tourist traps – but that’s all in a days work in Barcelona!

I suggest taking the Secrets of the Old City tour of the Gothic Quarter to learn the real history of the city, but if you’re not partying or taking a cruise I’d look elsewhere.

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the leaning homentage a la barceloneta monument at barcelona beach neighbourhood

Barceloneta – Best Neighbourhood for Beach Holidays

Attractions: ★☆☆☆  Central: ★★★☆  Nightlife: ★☆☆☆  Relax: ★★☆☆

This seaside neighbourhood is the best area to stay in Barcelona near the beach.

Pros

The old fisherman’s village still retains some of its charm of yesteryear, with old women sitting on stoops chatting afternoons away while children kick balls around narrow streets.

If any neighbourhood hasn’t been completely taken over by mass tourism this is it – you’ll have a great choice of local bars plus the best restaurants in Barcelona, especially if you love fish.

Beach lovers can’t go wrong as it’s only 5 minutes from the beach – for this reason it’s an optimal spot for Barcelona’s best holiday apartments. This is as close as you’ll get to direct beach access.

Cons

What you won’t like is the enormous amount of foot traffic (and noise) moving through on their beach holiday – try to get a hotel not facing one of the main streets.

With only one metro station in the area trains get crowded especially during summer.

There are also hardly any tourist attractions and little hotel variety.

BARCELONETA
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casa batllo in eixample neighbourhood barcelona

Eixample – Best Neighbourhood for Bars

Attractions: ★★★★  Central: ★★★☆  Nightlife: ★★★☆  Relax: ★★☆☆

This fashionable area is known for its fascinating grids that make great aerial photography.

Pros

While you may be confused as it is divided into 7 sub-neighbourhoods, keep in mind the easily navigable streets of the area are consistently littered with trendy bars and cafes. It is also remarkably safe.

It’s home to some of Barcelona’s top attractions like the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, and Casa Mila. It offers a ton of stops on the Bus Turistic – if you’re here to soak up the culture this is the area for you.

The ‘Gayxample’ district of the area also offers some great gay nightlife opportunities.

It’s easily the best area to stay in Barcelona for sightseeing door to door from the city’s best boutique hotels. You also can’t beat the high-end shopping on Passeig de Gracia.

Cons

Compared to our other best neigbourhoods it’s sadly not as picturesque.

You also won’t be able to get to the beach so quickly and there are not many great squares to relax and have a drink.

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a ton of tourists looking for things to do on the rambla barcelona

Las Ramblas – Best Neighbourhood for Nightlife

Attractions: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★★★  Nightlife: ★★★★  Relax: ☆☆☆☆

It’s not a neighbourhood but Barcelona’s most famous street is tourist central.

Pros

Nearly every form of airport transport gets you to Las Ramblas in a hurry. There are three metro stops along the street including Liceu and Drassanes plus the legendary Plaça Catalunya.

If there’s any street that doesn’t sleep in Barcelona then this one is it. Because it’s so busy, you’re more likely to find budget accommodation here than elsewhere in the old city center.

The Boqueria Market is one of the best markets in the city.

Cons

A ton of hotels line the street made up of tourist traps of any kind from tapas bars to clubs to souvenirs. If you’ve got a room facing the street expect a ton of noise until early hours.

Honestly, nights can bring pickpockets and pesky drug dealers and prostitutes.

This is a great area to stay for young adults wanting a short walk home from partying. If you’re grabbing a room at Barcelona’s best hostels it’s likely to be here.

LAS RAMBLAS
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El Raval – Best Neighbourhood for Museums

Attractions: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★★★  Nightlife: ★★★☆  Relax: ★☆☆☆

Barcelona’s most multi-cultural area may be the most divisive area to stay.

Pros

On one hand you’re at the doorstep of the best ethnic food in the city and some of the best value bars in Europe. Dive bar and street food lovers should pay attention here. You’re also super-central.

The area is filled with students and home to great museums like MACBA and the CCCB.

Here it’s all about value and it’s easily the best area for adventure.

Cons

On the other hand there’s a bit of a nasty reputation with locals for being the site of a lot of petty crime – be aware of ‘friendly’ people you may meet in the street after dark.

I don’t recommend it for parents travelling with kids.

EL RAVAL
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gardens atop Montjuïc hill in barcelona

Poble Sec – Best Area for Cheap Eats

Attractions: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★☆☆  Nightlife: ★☆☆☆  Relax: ★★★★

This underrated neighbourhood finds itself in a picturesque area under Montjuic Hill.

Pros

What you’ll notice here are narrow streets following a gentle slope upward. Foodies will love the restaurant scene in this area and Calle Blai is a great street to get €1.00 pintxos and bottled beer.

It’s also a great neighbourhood to stay if you’re in Barcelona for a conference at the Fira de Monjuic. You’ll be close to the Magic Fountain show.

In all it’s in my view the best neighbourhood in Barcelona to stay for tranquility. That said, don’t expect a boutique hotel heaven here – the hotels are quite utilitarian in nature.

Cons

The downsides are that the city’s nightlife doesn’t really get going here – except the legendary Sala Apolo. You’re also quite far from the beach and may have to walk a bit uphill from the metro station after a long day.

POBLE SEC
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skateboarders ride in a park in poble nou barcelona

Poble Nou – Top Barcelona Neighbourhood for Street Art

Attractions: ★☆☆☆  Central: ★☆☆☆  Nightlife: ★☆☆☆  Relax: ★★★★

This up and coming area used to be the industrial heart of the city but now it’s the city’s street art heart.

Pros

What we have now is bustling area full of warehouse apartments and new hotels. Having a walk through this area even in summer gives a sense of near-abandonment – but in a good way. Here you’re only metres from the beach and the streets are quiet as a mouse.

Taking a stroll down car-free Rambla del Poble Nou and its cafes and ice cream shops is almost like a small town.

Cons

Some prominent downsides are that it’s not walking distance to any main attractions. There are also very few nightlife and shopping opportunities.

POBLE NOU
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a nighttime showing of the magic fountain barcelona

Sants Montjuic – Best Area for Conferences at La Fira

Attractions: ★★☆☆  Central: ★★☆☆  Nightlife: ★★☆☆  Relax: ★★★★

You’ll find this neighbourhood right outside Barcelona’s main train station Sants Estacio.

Pros

This is easily the most accessible area to Barcelona El Prat Airport and another great area for those attending conferences at La Fira or any attraction near Plaça Espanya. This is a very utilitarian, centrally located area with everything you need but nothing too special – if you get a good deal pull the trigger.

If you’re coming for Barcelona FC matches and want to stay near Camp Nou book here.

Cons

The downsides here are obvious as you won’t get much of a ‘go downstairs and wander’ feel – if you love discovering a city on foot then avoid at all costs. If you’ve got no problem taking transport to the centre then don’t be shy.

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The Top Areas in Barcelona for…

What is the Best Barcelona Neighbourhood for Restaurants?

If you’re looking for quality, modern Spanish food then you’ll find most of the new and hip tapas bars in the Eixample area. El Raval is a staple for ethnic foods, especially from southeast Asia. Finally, for cheap tapas (pintxos) and an unpretentious outdoor patio scene the Carrer de Blai area of Poble Sec is a fine food option.

What Are the Best Neighborhoods in Barcelona for Sightseeing?

Tourists visiting Barcelona looking for the best neighbourhoods for sightseeing should consider the Gothic Quarter (El Barri Gòtic), El Born, or Eixample. Each of these sightseeing neighbourhoods holds one or more of the main Antoni Gaudi attractions and have beautiful local architecture of the Catalan modernist style.

What Are the Best Neighborhoods in Barcelona for Nightlife?

It’s impossible to crown just one Barcelona area as the best for night life, but generally if you’re looking for hip bars serving cocktails you should select El Born. The best clubs tend to be in Eixample. The Gothic Quarter is more likely to have unique, quirky bars with live music. If you’re looking for cheap dive bars, El Raval is a fine choice for a wander.

In What Barcelona Area Do I Get the Best Local Vibe?

Without a doubt it has to be Gracia. This area which was once a separate village from the city altogether is now one of the last bastions of hope in the local war against globalization.

Gracia is a place with no large chains and is a haven for local business. You’ll still hear Catalan in the streets. It’s full of picturesque squares where you’ll see children playing on their lunch breaks.

What Are the Safest Areas in Barcelona?

The safest neighbourhoods in Barcelona city centre have to be Gracia and Eixample. They’re generally isolated from large streets full of bars and rowdy nightlife, and the trouble that comes with it. They’re also places with wide open streets, a good police presence, and local populations getting on with their day.

What Are the Best Neighbourhoods in Barcelona for Families?

For families looking be active, outdoors, and safe the beachside the neighbourhood of Poble Nou is a fine choice. It’s low crime, has very little traffic, and is just minutes from the beaches. Aside from Poble Nou, Gracia is a safe neighbourhood since it’s mostly car-free. It’s near some of the city’s best park life, and has very little rowdy nightlife.

Looking for Where to Stay in Barcelona?

Again, if after all this you haven’t found where to stay in Barcelona then make sure you get in touch with me for some custom Barcelona travel tips.

I am more than happy to find you a place to stay if you tell me the kind of holiday you’re looking for, what you want to see most etc.

Also don’t be afraid to join the area discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

294 comments
  • December 31, 2019 at 2:58 am
    Alex
    Hello Ash, First time going to Barcelona for a week during the first week in april. What areas would you recommend? We are looking to adventure and have fun. I was thinking El Born? Please, let me know. Thanks! -Alex
    • December 31, 2019 at 12:26 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Alex, For adventure and fun I would take it up even one notch further and look into the lodging in the Gothic Quarter. It's here that you'll have just a ton of bars, it's close to all the clubs, and that's where most good nights out are had! Cheers, Ash
      • January 1, 2020 at 12:41 am
        Alex
        Ash, Although we are looking to have fun and adventure, we also want to explore. Plan is to go out to a club or bar at night a day or two and the rest days just explore and get to experience everything in Barcelona. Would this still be a good area to book an hotel? Thanks, -Alex
        • January 1, 2020 at 1:37 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Alex, This is still a fine option given what you've said, but it wouldn't hurt to include El Born and some portions of Eixample as you'll still be able to explore a lot on foot and be close to the bar and club action. Barcelona is also super well connected by transport so if it's between a super central hotel and one a bit further out that's of better quality I'd always go for the better hotel. Cheers, Ash
          • January 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm
            alex
            Ash, Any hotels you'd suggest for eixample or el born areas? Thank you and Happy New Year! -Alex
            • January 2, 2020 at 10:46 am
              ashley
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              Ash
              Hi Alex, Yes for sure, but it's a bit hard to say without knowing budget/amenities/number of people etc. I've got a list of budget hotels here which are made up of many in the Gothic Quarter and Eixample: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/cheap-hotels-barcelona/ You may want to check those out first. If you're looking for something a bit more flashy or upscale then please let me know. Cheers, Ash
              • January 3, 2020 at 1:54 am
                alex
                Ash, My budget is $1000 USD for 6 nights. We are looking for something that is close to restaurants, bars, and main attractions. An hotel that is very walkable, with a rooftop, and pool. Thank you, -Alex
                • January 4, 2020 at 12:10 pm
                  ashley
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                  Ash
                  Hi Alex, First off let me say that the prices will vary depending on your exact dates (Easter this year falls on the 12th of April, which is a sort of mini-high season) and number of guests. I've taken a look though with some dummy dates between April 3-9 for two people (likely number) in the Gothic Quarter and a few have come up that I've heard very good things about from my readers. Keep in mind though that with swimming pool as an amenity there is only one within your price range in the heart of the Gothic Quarter: Catalonia Avinyo. I would however say that just a few hundred meters from the Gothic Quarter in El Born there are some great options which are just as walkable, central, and new tons of restaurans/bars. One to consider is Ciutat de Barcelona. They've got a pretty cool roof terrace/swimming pool. Something else to consider is the Catalonia Portal del Angel which is also super central and a hotel I've heard great things about. Keep in mind however that for Spaniards April is not even close to swimming/beach season and many of the roof tops are closed. Hope this gets yoru search off on the right foot! Cheers, Ash
  • December 30, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Sharon
    I will be in Barcelona 2 days in June prior to a cruise. I found a quaint hotel in the Eixample area. The cruise hotels are in the Sant Mart area. Do you think for general sight seeing one area is better than another. I am not too concerned about proximity to the port. I'd rather focus on being near the sights of Barcelona. Thanks.
    • December 31, 2019 at 11:12 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Sharon, Though both of these neighbourhoods are in general fine for sightseeing it is very tough to comment without any exact coordinates/names etc. Eixample is a massive area so you could be within walking distance to major things, or even a bit far out requiring more transport. Please let me know where these options are exactly and I can fill you in better! Cheers, Ash
      • January 11, 2020 at 8:59 pm
        Sharon M Karpen
        Thanks for your response. The hotel is The Vasanta boutique hotel and the address is: Carre de Casp, 31, Barcelona. Thank you for any information you can provide.
        • January 12, 2020 at 4:05 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Ok! Yes, you could barely be in a better position for sightseeing, you'll be able to walk to a ton of places and just be surrounded by options... bars, restaurants, you name it. It also isn't so bad for getting to the cruise port. Sounds like a good choice to me :)
  • December 26, 2019 at 5:07 am
    Claudio
    Hello Ash, all this info is great. Thank you for sharing !! We are flying in mid January and stay for a week. It is our first time and we are confused..We are 4, my wife, my two kids 10 and 12 and myself. We will be assisting to a Barcelona game (soccer) .We book for a week and we are renting a car. What would be in your opinion best are to look for a place (apartment, house or hotel) to stay? I do not mind to drive 20 min. Thanks in advance.
    • December 27, 2019 at 10:24 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Claudio, Thanks for the kind words :) First off I'd say that unless you're doing day trips outside the city having a car is quite impractical as the public transport system in Barcelona will get you everywhere quickly and cheaply. Not to mention parking is quite expensive. Is there any reason why you've decided to rent a car? If you're looking for staying around the stadium then the Les Corts area is a good option. Otherwise for families such as yourselves I recommend El Born for its proximity to beach, park, and all sorts of other attractions... all the while being away from the chaos of the Gothic Quarter etc. Cheers, Ash
  • December 21, 2019 at 8:16 pm
    BRENDA S MILES
    Hi there! Three mature but adventuresome women planning a trip to Barcelona for 4 nights in late September next year. We found a place on Airbnb that looks like it's one block from Parc de la Cuitadella ...not much info on the listing and it's super cheap maybe because of only 2 reviews...but the owner has many more listings with good reviews. What do you think about that area? Thanks for all your articles and info about one of my favorite cities ever!
    • December 22, 2019 at 5:04 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Brenda, You're very welcome :) I love the area you refer to... in fact our office is right there by Arc de Triomf, selected on purpose of course! It's super central, easy to walk to many attractions, close to the beach etc and quite safe. If the owner has good reviews and it looks good I wouldn't hesitate :) Cheers, Ash
      • December 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm
        BRENDA S MILES
        That's great to read - yayyyy! it's actually on Buenaventura Muñoz, which I assume means "good adventure" - how propitious can one get?! so I may have to stop in and say hi! And btw, thanks for all the info about bike rentals and tours...I plan on doing quite a bit of that. My first visit to Barcelona was last year in September and we did a great bike tour probably with that company you mention. And I'm super pumped to tour Gaudi's mansions this time as we only gawked from the far side of the street on bikes ;-). Thanks again Ash!
        • December 23, 2019 at 9:47 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Indeed, that's one street below where I'm at every day. You'll be happy to walk into the El Born area with its cafes and cool artisan shops. You'll be amazed how much more can be gained by visiting the inside of the mansions, especially Casa Batllo with its super cool augmented video guide. Please let me know if you have any more questions! Cheers, Ash
  • December 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    nbird
    Hello! My 18 yr old son and I are going to Barcelona for 1 week in June, to celebrate his high school graduation. It's his first Europe trip and I haven't been in decades! I booked an airbnb on Carrer de Brusi (in Sant Gervasi, I believe, theoretically 10 min walk from Gracia) which was $589 USD for the week. In your opinion, does this seem like a good place to stay? I can cancel it still.... I am leaning towards the City Pass for transport, although we are not interested in riding the tourist bus....If you get the pass, can you still reserve a time online? I will likely write again to flush out the itinerary, and also join the online travel group. Great website, thanks!
    • December 14, 2019 at 12:37 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hello there, Thanks for the kind words... sounds like an amazing trip you've got planned! :) I really like the area of San Gervasi but it's outside of the chaos but also close enough that you're in the action, if that makes any sense. Also just around 10 minutes from there in Gracia is probably my favourite place to walk in the city. No problem at all with the location. As for the City Pass... this doesn't have general transport included. What are you referring to? If you're not getting the Bus Turistic though the City Pass makes no sense because it's really hard to recoup the value. At any rate... please let me know what you meant and I can advise further. Maybe it was the Barcelona Card you were referring to? Cheers, Ash
      • January 1, 2020 at 2:53 pm
        nbird
        Hi Ash, Thanks for responding! Yes, I meant the Barcelona Card. I don't think we will want to ride the tourist bus as an activity. Yet we still need to get to/from the airport, and we'll certainly do some of the major "must see" sights. I guess even after reading your thorough description of the choices, I was still a bit confused as to which option would be better for us!
        • January 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hello again! Now it's a bit clearer that you mention the Barcelona Card. But also keep in mind this card is not transport only and includes many attractions. Also keep in mind however that the Barcelona Card cannot be used online. You must present it at ticket windows to get entrance or discounts to the listed attractions. This means there's a chance you'll have to wait in lines, though for the non-major attractions this is unlikely. I think maybe you were referring to the Hola Barcelona card? It is an unlimited transport card and it'll be great for somebody who's staying in Sant Gervasi since you'll need a lot of transport. The value can be made up quickly and it's low hassle. If you're still a bit confused go ahead and let me know what attractions you're planning on seeing and I'll be able to give you a better idea if another pass is best. Cheers, Ash
  • November 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm
    Reydel
    Hello Ash, I found your article to be quite informative. Thanks for taking the time to write it. I would like to get your opinion on where to stay for a couple on their honeymoon, first time in Spain. We would like to stay away from the thick of the crowds but still be able to stroll around in a beautiful area. We're mostly interested in sight seeing, food and culture. We don't much care for night life other than a peaceful stroll here and there. Any recommendations?
    • December 2, 2019 at 11:12 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Reydel, Thanks for the very kind words :) Always happy to help. For a honeymoon I would be looking at Gracia or El Born because they're away from the chaos, easily walkable, safe, and fairly central. This would be a good balance... more specifically Gracia with its lack of chain stores, local feel, and picturesque squares. Cheers, Ash
      • December 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm
        Reydel
        Thanks for the advice!
  • November 26, 2019 at 10:30 pm
    bcnwiththreekids
    Hi Ash, I would like to ask you what you think about Hospitalet de Llobregat? Would you recommend it for a family with three small kids? Thank you for your response, but especially for your super useful site! Cintia
    • November 27, 2019 at 10:53 am
      Lucile
      Hola Cintia, Hospitalet de Llobregat is a good area, close to the airport and it's super easy and fast to reach Barcelona's center by train (less than 15 minutes) ;) I recommend you to take the all-inclusive transport card with unlimited rides: Hola Barcelona Travel Card. Let me know if you have any further questions! Cheers, Lucile
      • November 27, 2019 at 12:16 pm
        bcnwiththreekids
        Thank you very much! We will definitely buy it :)
  • November 14, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    Jas Frawley
    Hi Ash, Thank you for this information - very useful. I am one of two women traveling in April - 60-70 yo. Our interests are La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Rambla (market) and a little bit of the waterfront (barceloneta). We don't expect to be out late at night and don't mind short walks - travel by metro. Definitely would like a quiet area - no loud bars / streets. Have you any thought of the best area for us to find accommodations. Here are a couple of suggestions from friends: Hotel Suzio, Hotel Gaudi, Park Hotel Barcelona and Hotel Espana Ramblas. Thank you for your time. Jas
    • November 14, 2019 at 3:20 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Jas, If you're not into loud bars and streets (who is? haha) then I'd recommend against anything on La Rambla. It might be central but it'll be too much... so Hotel gaudi or Espana Ramblas won't be good. I would select an area like El Born or Gracia because the pedestrian streets are peaceful and there isn't a lot of the chaos of the Gothic Quarter. Cheers, Ash
      • November 14, 2019 at 3:52 pm
        Jas
        Thank You Ash ... Definitely will stay away from that area. Thought on Hotel EuroPark, is that considered Garcia?
        • November 15, 2019 at 11:10 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Jas, This would be right on the border with Gracia and so for me it would be good! It's in a fairly calm area away from nightlife... some fairly sized streets with traffic during the day but at night it's fine. Cheers, Ash
          • November 15, 2019 at 11:13 am
            Jas
            Thank you. Now, I’ll move to your transportation and discount options page. ~jas
            • November 15, 2019 at 11:18 am
              ashley
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              Ash
              Good stuff! :)
              • November 15, 2019 at 11:22 am
                Jas
                Hey. Since we’re right here now, what do you recommend for transportation/ discount cards? Planning to see Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Picasso museum and LaPedrera, Palau Guell. Definitely don’t want to wait in lines. Can definitely see doing some time on HOHO bus and metro here / there. Thanks again.
                • November 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm
                  ashley
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                  Ash
                  Hi Jas, If you're going all that plus getting the HoHo then I'd go for the Barcelona City Pass as it'll take all the hassle out of the trip. If you're going to see less sites or not use the HoHo then it's fine just to book all online as you'll still skip the lines. As for transport if you're going to be using it quite frequently then the Hola BCN is your best bet. If you're planning on doing a lot of walking and getting fresh air then it's fine to get a T-10 pass which gives you 10 trips for about €10.00. Cheers, Ash
  • October 28, 2019 at 7:39 pm
    Richard
    We are going on a cruise out of Barcelona October of next year. I trying to book a hotel near the port we chose Chic & Basic Ramblas thru Expedia. Have we made a mistake? We intend o be there 2 nights. Coming in early to make sure we are there in plenty of time for the cruise. Thanks for your guudance.
    • October 29, 2019 at 8:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Richard, Why would you think you've made a mistake? Sure, I don't talk too highly of La Rambla but if you're slightly off the main drag (which you are) and don't plan on staying out till 3 am every night I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just enjoy the holiday... you're super central and will be striking distance to everything :) Cheers, Ash
  • October 15, 2019 at 1:18 pm
    Mirella
    Hi Ash! Thank you so much for all the information you provide, we are going in February and I hope to have read all your articles by then! I was just wondering if you are familiar with Sant Andreu and could recommend some nice things to see or do near there?
    • October 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mirella, I stayed in Sant Andreu for a week awhile back... well, many years back! There aren't any major attractions there though the park called Parque de la Pegaso was quite nice and they also have Catalonia's biggest shopping centre: La Maquinista. Other than that I'm not so sure but luckily you'll be close to the city if you need it :) Ash
      • October 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm
        Mirella
        That sounds awesome! I’m sure we will spend most of our time in the city (so many things to do!) but it would be nice to see some of the local area as well. Thank you very much! x
        • October 16, 2019 at 10:47 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Mirella, Great to hear! At the end of the day when I was there I just went for long walks in the evening... sometimes you stumble upon a nice little square full of locals and far from the tourists. That's my advice :) Ash
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