Both Spanish and Catalan are spoken in Barcelona, making it a bilingual city. Culture combined with history, architecture and great weather mean this beautiful city has something to offer everyone.
Spain`s second largest airport is only 25 minutes away, making the rest of Europe easily accessible. In recent years, many people have chosen Barcelona for short breaks whatever the time of year. Its mild weather means Barcelona is as popular in winter as it is in summer.
Many people choose hotels in the Ramblas area as it is very central. Here there are many first-class hotels with luxury facilities such as swimming pools, spas, fitness centers and fine restaurants. Some spectacular architecture plays a part in many of the city`s top hotels too, with designs from the likes of Josep Majo Ribas.
The Old Town is where a lot of hotels are situated and few local people live in this area. As public transport is very good, anywhere in the rest of the city is within easy reach. Close to the Plaza de Espana there are many business hotels. Passeig de Gracia and Eixample are areas of the city where the Gaudi-designed buildings - Barcelona`s most famous landmarks - can be found, from La Casa Batilo to the Sagrada. Most of Barcelona`s population live here and the area has busy markets, shops and restaurants.
The hotel industry in Spain has several classifications, with 4 and 5 stars being the highest. In Barcelona, standards tend to be particularly high. In recent years, 4 and 5-star hotels have burgeoned in the city. There are also some great deals available, particularly if visitors avoid public holidays or bank holidays. Many of the city`s hotels have luxurious facilities such as fine gardens, rooftop swimming pools or exclusive terraces for visitors to enjoy.
Away from the center of the city there are hotels for the more budget conscious. These establishments, often family run, are friendly and clean and offer a great deal of authenticity for those seeking out the real Spain. Altogether, Barcelona is an excellent choice for a holiday, with something of interest for all the family or for couples travelling together.