Nestling on the coast of the azure Mediterranean, the city of Barcelona is one the top tourist destinations in Europe. Known for its art and architecture as much as its famous football team, the capital of the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia is a must-see location for any tourist or traveler.
In a city of 1.6 million people, it’s important to consider where you want to stay. Would you prefer to have views of Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia or be close to the hive and bustle of Las Ramblas, the busy artery running through the city’s gothic quarter?
Best Views of the City…
For the best views of the city you might consider either the Majestic Hotel and Spa or the luxurious Casa Fuster both of which can be found on the city’s chic Passeig de Gracia Avenue. This location is central within the city and has good transport links in all directions. As well as looking out over the modernist and fashionable district of L’eixample, both of these locations feature stunning rooftop pools and views of Gaudi’s cathedral, the Sagrada Familia.
For a different view however, the striking W Barcelona which stands like a sail next to Barcelonetta Beach may be for you. This state-of-the-art structure has all the modern conveniences and affords spectacular views over both the port of Barcelona and the dark and twisting streets of the city’s old town.
…or Down with the Locals
If five-star opulence isn’t for you, then a range of other alternatives are available for accommodation around the city. Economical Hostels such as the Sun and Moon can be found minutes from the Ramblas and it’s also possible to rent from Ramblas Deluxe Apartments if having your own space is your thing.
Another alternative is to sign up to AirBnB, a website that gives locals the opportunity to rent out spare rooms or apartments to visitors. When I asked my friend in Barcelona where to stay, this is the site she recommended. I was able rent a sizable room in a place in the gothic quarter with modern amenities such as wifi and a electric water heater for a little over $26 a day.
A must-see City
You’ll find a hotel or accommodation to suit any budget within Barcelona. The city boasts an easy to use metro and public transport system as well as well as readily available taxis. Often times though, it’s nice to walk out of your door and see where your feet take you.
Consider how it is that you want to experience the city. Do you prefer to look out over the rooftops from your own private terrace and shop down boutique lined boulevards, go straight for the Museums and shrines of Gaudi, Picasso and Messi? Maybe you might prefer to wind your way through dark and ancient avenues in the Gothic QUarter and discover the city for yourself? Where you stay will affect how you experience the city, so consider this while planning for your visit.