If you are looking to go on holiday in a city that has a thriving cultural, food, art and music scene then book a holiday letting in Barcelona. Use Likibu to help you find your dream holiday rental, we have plenty of accommodation to choose from, on wesbites such as Tripadvisor, Airbnb and Owners Direct to choose from.
Book a Holiday Rental in Beautiful Barcelona
There is plenty to do in Barcelona whatever time of year you visit, allow yourself to be immersed in this lively city. If you want to discover more of Barcelona's culture then book a holiday rental in the centre of the city and enjoy visiting the numerous monuments, art galleries and museums. Or if you want a more relaxing trip then rent a luxury apartment, spend a relaxing day on the beach and head straight to a stylish rooftop bar near Las Ramblas.
Best Time to Visit
The summer months of July and August are undoubtedly the hottest, with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees Celsius. The end of May and beginning of June is a nice time to visit if you want to enjoy the heat with less tourists around. The temperature drops significantly from October to November, from 24-14 degrees so wrap up if you are planning a trip then!
How to get to Barcelona
Booking a flight on a budget airline to Barcelona is the easiest and cheapest way to travel from London to Barcelona. From 3:50 am there are roughly fourty flights from London's five main airports to El Prat, Barcelona airport every day. Barcelona city centre is easily accessible by taxi, train and bus. It costs €48 for a sedan for four passengers, however if you want a cheaper option take the Aerobus, it goes from Barcelona airport to Plaça Catalunya every 5-10 minutes and it only costs €10.20 for a return ticket. The Aeropuerto train station is a five minute walk from Terminal two and it takes just 18 minutes to get to Passieg de Gracia. It runs every 30 minutes and a single ticket is €3. However, it is not as convenient as the Aerobus if you arrive at Terminal one, since you will have to take a bus to Terminal two and then walk to the station.
If you are already holidaying in a beautiful holiday villa in Catalonia then why not choose to visit Barcelona for an exciting day trip? The city is only 3 hours by train from accommodation in Costa Brava, while you can travel from your holiday apartment in Gerona in as little as an hour. Alternatively, you can reach Barcelona in around 3 hours from a holiday rental in Valencia which will give you a taste of Catalonian culture from your trip to Spain.
How to Get Around?
The metro, tram and FGC are the easiest and quickest ways to travel around Barcelona, there are over 169 stations in the city. There are also more than 100 bus lines in Barcelona and some connect the city to nearby towns.
Where to book a Holiday Rental?
This district is known as the medieval centre of Barcelona, you will find mazes of narrow winding streets opening up into beautiful squares. The cathedral in the gothic quarter is seen as the centre of the city since Roman times. It is a great place to find accommodation if you want to be surrounded by impressive architecture, as well as stylish restaurants and hotels like Soho House. Rent a self-catered apartment or a hotel room in this historic area.
There is no doubt that staying on Las Ramblas will ensure you are situated in the most convenient position but it is likely to be full of tourists and expensive. However, if you are looking to treat yourself then there are numerous luxury apartments and hotel rooms in this area. Las Ramblas has several highly regarded restaurants where you can pick up some tasty tapas. It is also the perfect place to book accommodation if you want to sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar.
This is known as the clothing and textile hub of Barcelona, if you are a shopaholic then this is the ideal place to book holiday accommodation! El Born is home to amazing boutiques where you will no doubt find some incredible pieces. It is a great place for a passeggiata and one will definitely stumble across a trendy bar or restaurant in this uber cool area. Browse through our selection of holiday rentals in El Born and find a fabulous short stay apartment. The main tourist sites here are Santa Maria del Mar basilica and Palau de la Música hall.
This is an ideal place to stay if you are on a budget, it used to be more of a working class area however, it has developed significantly and become more gentrified. It may not be as beautiful as El born but it has a certain je ne sais quoi. This is a fantastic place to rent a room or find a cheap hotel room. There are several quirky restaurants in this area, where you will find incredible authentic Spanish cuisine. A particularly popular attraction here is the MACBA, the modern art museum.
Exiample is very interesting architecturally as it was built on a rigid grid system, the way it was built corresponded with the Modernista movement. You will find amazing historic buildings here and a selection of the biggest tourist sites such as, La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló. The Passeig de Gràcia is in this district and it is known as a shoppers paradise, filled with designer and high street brands. Exiample is a 15 minute bus ride from the beach so it is a great place to find an apartment near the beach. However, if you want to be even closer to the beach rent a house or an apartment in Barceloneta where you will find six kilometres of stunning beaches.
What to do in Barcelona?
La Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudí, the master of Art Nouveau. This is one of the most stunning gothic buildings to have ever been made, you can easily spend several hours marvelling at the incredibly intricate detail. Inside you will be able to see the exqusitie stained-glass windows that allow light to pour onto the altar. The exterior of La Sagrada Familia does not disappoint either, Gaudí carved beautiful detailed reliefs and sculptures depicting Christs birth, death and resurrection on the façade of the church.
Casa Batlló is arguably what Gaudí is best known for and it is the best demonstration of his impressive skills. Unsurprisingly it is a UNESCO world heritage site, it is famous for its bright colours, incredible tile work and skeletal balconies.
This is a park commissioned by Eusebi Güell to house the wealthiest in society however building did not go ahead as the land was too difficult to build on. Nevertheless, Gaudí kept building and constructed his home here, he seems to have effortlessly intertwined the buildings into the natural surroundings. Park Güell features amazing mosaic detailing and impressive stone columns and tunnels. One can actually visit Gaudís house inside and see where he slept! From the park you will find astonishing panoramic views of the whole city, it is a great place to spend a sunny day in Barcelona.
If you want to continue to explore the art scene in Barcelona then another artist worth a visit is Picasso. Head over to the Picasso Museum and explore the fantastic exhibition that displays his artwork made throughout his life. One can see the more traditional paintings illustrated when he was younger to much more whimsical pieces.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic
This is a spectacular show featuring light, water, aerobics and music, it is definitely worth seeing! Here you will be able to marvel at the combination of magnificent water fountains cascading into deep blue pools.
If you visit Barcelona in the summer then your holiday wouldn't be the same without a trip to the beach. Head over to Barceloneta and enjoy sipping a refreshing cocktail at one of the many vibrant beachfront bars. Feel the warmth of the sun on your back and take a cool dip in the beautiful blue sea.