Do you need help?

Call for exclusive deals: 0800 026 3696

Book cheap holidays to Barcelona

Why book your Flight + Hotel with Opodo?
  • Flexibility. Travel your own way
  • Save up to 40%
  • Book quickly, easily and conveniently
Map of hotels in Barcelona

Recommended holiday deals

8 days / 7 nights
DepartingSat, 22 Jun 2019
Andante
22 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £733 per person
Acta Splendid
22 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £625 per person
Hotel SERHS Carlit
22 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £577 per person
Europark
22 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £710 per person
8 days / 7 nights
DepartingSat, 14 Sep 2019
Subur
14 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £312 per person
Dolce Sitges
14 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £408 per person
Hotel Medium Romàntic
14 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £329 per person
Hotel Subur Maritim
14 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £389 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 21 Jun 2019
More options for these dates
Tryp Barcelona Apolo Hotel
21 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £350 per person
Hotel Caledonian
21 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £311 per person
Hotel Concordia
21 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £300 per person
Sallés Hotel Pere IV
21 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £341 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 16 Aug 2019
More options for these dates
TRYP Barcelona Apolo Hotel
16 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £284 per person
Zenit Barcelona
16 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £230 per person
Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center
16 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £235 per person
Hotel Barcelona Universal
16 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £276 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 06 Sep 2019
More options for these dates
Hostal Nilo
06 Sep 2019 - 08 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £105 per person
Acta Mimic
06 Sep 2019 - 08 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £164 per person
Be Ramblas Guest House
06 Sep 2019 - 08 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £116 per person
H·TOP BCN City
06 Sep 2019 - 08 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.0
From £147 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 20 Sep 2019
More options for these dates
Novotel Barcelona City
20 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £216 per person
Gaudi Hotel
20 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £234 per person
HCC Regente
20 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £230 per person
Novotel Barcelona Sant Joan Despí
20 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £165 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 27 Sep 2019
More options for these dates
Roma Reial
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £122 per person
Gràcia City Hostel
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £121 per person
Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa- Adults Only
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £244 per person
Adagio Gastronòmic
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £165 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 08 Nov 2019
More options for these dates
chic & basic Ramblas
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £137 per person
Hotel EuroPark
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
From £130 per person
Leonardo Hotel Barcelona Las Ramblas
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £128 per person
Oriente Atiram
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £178 per person
Hotel ratings in Barcelona
Hotel Derby Barcelona
Barcelona
From £272 per person
Great hotel, excellent value for money and great service
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
May 27, 2019
Acta Antibes
Barcelona
From £549 per person
Wonderful Staff and Amazing Location
TripAdvisor rating 4.5
Jun 06, 2019
Qualicum Beach, BC
Zenit Borrell
Barcelona
From £227 per person
Very functional hotel
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
May 16, 2019
Barcelona, Spain
Destination Logo

Flight and hotel Barcelona

Barcelona: The Queen of Catalonia

Nestled between the Balearic Sea and the Catalan Pyrenees, Barcelona has attracted visitors since time immemorial. During city breaks in Barcelona, admire wide-ranging architecture, from Roman to post-modern, enjoy the lovely beaches, and dig into typical Catalan cuisine. Despite its size, Barcelona can be easily explored on foot, but if you want to see many of the city quarters, the excellent public transport system will help you to get around.

What to Know Before Your Barcelona Travels

The inhabitants of Barcelona think of themselves first and foremost as Catalans, not as Spaniards, but there are still some similarities to the rest of the country. Barcelona is one hour ahead of the UK, the Euro is the currency, and Spanish is one of the two official languages, the other being Catalan. You don't need a visa to board your flight to Barcelona, and British airports with direct connections to Barcelona include London and Manchester.

The easiest way to get from the Barcelona-El Prat Airport on city breaks in Barcelona is to take the suburban train directly from the airport, which connects in the centre with the extensive bus and metro system. Another good option is the airport bus, which departs before each terminal and ends at Plaça de Catalunya, a major public transport hub.

What Is the Best Season to Travel to Barcelona?

Thanks to the city's location on the sea, extreme temperatures are rare. If swimming is high on your list for a weekend in Barcelona, consider a visit between May and September, when the waters are balmy. If cultural events and relaxing walks on the beach are more to your taste, book your flight and hotel in Barcelona during the rest of the year. Barcelona also offers a wide variety of festivals all year round. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day): Traditional gifts include roses for women and books for men on April 23, the Catalan version of Valentine's Day
  • Sónar: This three-day music and multimedia festival is held during the third week of June.
  • Festes de Gràcia: This week-long festival in mid-August is celebrated with street decorations, live music, and fireworks. A similar, but smaller, event is the Festes de Sants at the end of August.
  • La Mercè: On September 24, enjoy a parade of giant paper-maché figures, competitive human tower building, live music, and fireworks.

Great activities to do in Barcelona

A great start to your package holidays in Barcelona is to visit Montjuïc or Tibidabo, two hills from which you have splendid views over the city and the sea. Both can either be climbed or, more comfortably, reached by funicular. On top of Montjuïc, you'll find the Palau Nacional, home to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, a feast for the eyes of every art lover. On top of Tibadeo stands the impressive Sagrat Cor, or Sacred Heart Church. Directly beside it is the secular and charming Tibidabo Amusement Park.

Some other ideas for great activities in Barcelona:

  • Barceloneta Beach: This beach combines pristine sands, shallow water, and a wide array of food and drink options.
  • Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter): This is the oldest part of the city, with buildings dating back to medieval and even Roman times. It's great for tapas bar-hopping.
  • Museu Picasso: This incredible museum is home to one of the largest collections of work by the great Spanish artist.

What Spots Must You See in Barcelona?

No other architect has shaped Barcelona like Antoni Gaudí. His masterpiece, the still unfinished La Sagrada Familia Basilica, dominates Barcelona's cityscape. Construction started in 1882 and is to this day solely financed by private donations. Several tour options are available, with online reservations strongly recommended to avoid long queues, especially if you only have a weekend in Barcelona.

Parc Güell is a favourite with families and couples. Mosaics of lizards and other fantastic animals adorn the benches and fountains and, whilst popular with visitors and locals alike, the park is big enough to allow everybody their quiet and serenity. And if you are travelling with children, don't miss CosmoCaixa Barcelona. This interactive science museum is a joy for both kids and adults.

The Gothic basilica of Santa Maria del Mar has been made world-famous by the international bestseller 'Cathedral of the Sea' by Ildefonso Falcones. It is considered one of the purest examples of classic Catalan Gothic architecture.

Catalan Gastronomy in Barcelona

'Mar i muntanya' means sea and mountain, the two words that best describe the cuisine you can taste during your package holidays in Barcelona. At over 200 years old, Can Culleretes is the city's oldest restaurant and a great destination for traditional dishes. Another very good option is Senyor Parellada, which is particularly well known for mixing 'mar i muntanya'. Must-try Catalan specialities include:

  • Bacalao a la catalana (cod with raisins and pine nuts)
  • Esqueixada (bacalao salad with tomatoes and onions)
  • Mongetes amb botifarra (bean stew with local pork sausages)
  • Suquet de peix (seafood casserole)
  • Crema Catalana (thick custard with molten sugar crust)

Shopping for Souvenirs in Barcelona

Barcelona is the fashion capital of Catalonia. The perhaps best-known shopping mile is Las Ramblas, and if you divert onto its many side streets, you'll find interesting boutiques off the beaten path, offering shoes, clothing, and accessories at reasonable prices. If you're planning a weekend in Barcelona, keep in mind that the shops in Ciutat Vella, the old town, are typically open on Sundays, unlike those in the rest of the city.

Head to the Passeig de Gràcia for antiques. Countless shops here offer everything from vintage jewelry to paintings and books. Two other great spots for pre-loved souvenirs are the city's main flea markets. The first takes place on Saturday mornings at the end of Las Ramblas, near the Christopher Columbus monument, and the other, every Thursday morning in the square outside Barcelona Cathedral.