An art and architecture mecca, Barcelona is also one of the prettiest cities in Spain, if not all of Europe. Boasting beautiful coastal beaches, ancient stone streets, neo-Gothic marvels, and surrealist art, Barcelona is a city nonpareil. Our exceptional vacation rentals sit in the heart of this beautiful and bustling Catalan city.
Barcelona has been occupied for more than two millennia. The Romans founded a settlement here in 133 BC in what is now the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). Today, Barcelona enjoys a hip reputation with a populace putting fashion, tech, and art at the forefront. Admire the works of Antoni Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, and Lluis Doménech i Montaner. Take a stroll through the ancient streets of El Raval in Ciutat Vella. Enjoy a cup of coffee while people watching on the La Rambla. Spend the day soaking in the sun at the beach. Dance the traditional La Sardana at the annual Le Merce festival. Whatever your pleasure, this thriving city has it and our Barcelona vacation rentals ensure your stay is a memorable one.
Unpack your bags, freshen up, and head straight to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau masterpiece. The church is the cultural heart of the city and was only partially finished when Gaudi died in 1926. Architects and city officials have worked on the behemoth for nearly a century and plan to finish the structure in 2026. But this is not the only Gaudi structure in the city; there are 10 additional buildings, from parks to churches to homes. Visit the Casa Vicens, built for industrialist Manuel Vicens, La Pedrera, Gaudi's last completed work, and Parc Guell, a lavish public green space.
Head to the Barri Gotic for Roman edifices and other historical sites. In the Placa Ramon Berenguer you'll spy the remains of a Roman wall and the Gothic chapel of Santa Agata. Stroll further into the area and you'll find the Cathedral La Seu, which wasn't finished until the 20th century but dates back to the 11th. Admire its stained glass windows and the 14th-century cloister.
Barcelona is home to a wealth of great museums. Head to the Museu Picasso, which features early works of the famed cubist painter. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona boasts a wealth of European pop art, many of it by Catalan artists. The Fundacio Joan Miro is a must for any fan of the sculptor. You'll find many of his most famous works represented. The National Art Museum of Catalonia showcases a millennium of art. The Museu d'Historia de Barcelona tells the story of the city across three floors.
Barcelona offers myriad places to relax and unwind. The Parc de la Ciutadella is the preeminent green space in the city. Built in 1888, the 45-acre park features buildings such as the Castell dels Tres Dragons, as well as a waterfall, lake, and a glass house. The Barcelona Zoo can be found on the grounds as well and you can rent rowboats to take you from one end of the lake to the other.
The Parc del Laberint d'Horta in the Horta district and was designed in 1792. It features gorgeous sweeping gardens, small squares, and an elaborate maze across 136 acres. You can relax in hidden corners amid mythological statues or visit the Torre Soberana, a 14th-century home.
La Rambla is the most prominent promenade in the city and features open-air performances throughout the summer. It teems with tourists, so it's best to go during the early morning on a weekday.
Barcelona affords visitors three beautiful beaches not far from the city center and more on the outskirts of town. Barceloneta Beach tends to attract the most tourists but features plentiful golden sand, a cube monument, and great seafood restaurants. Nova Icária is situated near the Olympic marina and is a mecca for watersports. Bogatell Beach offers clean water and less crowds on its sandy shores.
If basking in sunshine on the sand is how you prefer to spend your day, catch a ferry or a quick flight to the incredible island of Mallorca to find your paradise, or venture to the stunning Costa Blanca region and the historic town of Javea.
Boasting plentiful sunshine, great historic sites, world-class museums, and a relaxed vibe, Barcelona is a dream destination. Choose one of our homey vacation rentals on your next sojourn to this Mediterranean city.
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