BARCELONA: Cheap Hotels in Barcelona

Due to its enviable status as the heart of Catalonian culture and a gateway to the Mediterranean coast and Balearic Islands, Barcelona features an eclectic array of hotels to match all budgets and personal tastes.

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Barcelona's history dates back to Roman times but the city boasts a plethora of tourist sights from all eras, including the splendid Sagrada Familia basilica. Museum collections based on everything from Romanesque art to erotica ensure there is something for everyone. Around 10 percent of the city is given over to public parks and these green spots make for idyllic places to relax on hot summer days. Barcelona has three miles of golden beaches lapped by the balmy waters of the Mediterranean. The city's nightlife is exciting and, in some bars and clubs, continues until dawn.

Key attractions
La Barceloneta is just a few minutes' walk from the Ciutat Vella old city quarter and is the jewel in the crown of the city's seven beaches. Between the beach and the old city, the city's medieval shipyard now houses the vessels and exhibits of the Naval Museum. La Rambla runs through Ciutat Vella. The Picasso Museum contains 3,500 artworks by the legendary master after which it is named. A funicular railway transports passengers to the top of Montjuic Hill where magnificent views and the National Art Museum in the grandiose Palau Nacional await.

Having fun
Barcelona features a diverse choice of venues for a night out. Options range from taking in a heritage flamenco show at Poble Espanol on Montjuic Hill to dancing until dawn at a swanky nightclub. The bulk of the clubs that open late are located in Ciutat Vella. There are additional options in the Maremagnum complex next to the port. This mall also has a good choice of eateries which open even on Sunday. Barcelona has a vibrant pub scene with a number of themed ethnic bars as well as traditional ones. The narrow streets of La Ribera, close to the zoo, hide an assortment of chic pubs and cafes.

A stroll along La Rambla is an essential activity for tourists. This tree-lined pedestrian street is lined with all manner of shops and stalls where archetypal souvenirs, Catalan produce and travelers' necessities are sold. The entrance to La Boqueria Market is on La Rambla. Stalls at this renowned market sell fresh fruit and seafood, and pre-cooked delicacies. People wishing to buy art or specialty items will find La Ribera a good bet. Maremagnum is modern, a fact which is reflected by its stores that sell trendy clothing and accessories, as well as personal grooming products and perfumes.

The fantastic Antoni Gaudi-designed Park Guell is north of the center and takes around 30 minutes to reach by bus or subway. Gaudi's signature buildings and structures, together with a museum and a large wildlife population, are the main draws. Port Aventura Theme Park in Salou is 70 miles east along the coast. The old town of Sitges and its golden and beaches are around halfway to Salou. Hiking trails and St Maria Benedictine Monastery in the Montserrat Mountains are a 40-mile drive inland.

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