Enjoy this atmospheric city, dominated by Gaudi's monumental church, La Sagrada Familia, as an add-on to your Inntravel holiday in Catalonia. Stay in a beautifullyappointed hotel close to the cathedral, with notes for a self-guided city walking tour included.
Barcelona is one of the most extraordinary of all European cities, full of interest and Mediterranean bustle, and riding high in civic and national pride. Discover the extraordinary architectural heritage of Gaudí, the tapas bars of the old town, or enjoy the nightly promenade along the Ramblas.
As far as European cities go, Barcelona ticks more boxes than most and were the Catalans to get their way, and gain independence, they have, in Barcelona, a truly exceptional capital-in-waiting. Barcelona is a fascinating, vibrant and ebullient city. It is dominated by Gaudí's extraordinary masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, begun in 1883 and due to be completed in 2026 (allegedly!), and the many modernist works of art that can be found on Barcelona's wide streets give the city a unique atmosphere and flavour.
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Explore the main square of Barcelona
Wander through the streets of Barcelona
Experience the architecture of Hospital de Sant Pau
Enjoy your meals on the terrace of the Hotel Colon
The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
Barcelona, unlike many European capitals, does not have a long list of must-visit museums or monuments; the city itself is the star attraction, in fact much of the city has been described as an open-air museum. It rejoices in a wealth of extraordinary architectural features, most notably the works of famous architect, Antonio Gaudí. Here are just a few highlights:
• Don't miss – how could you! – La Sagrada Familia, the great church whose foundations were laid in 1883 and which, in the tradition of great places of worship, is still unfinished over a century later. Take the lift up the tower for superb city views.
• The Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat, a fascinating museum on the Plaça del Rei that traces the history of the city, including its Roman origins.
• The Picasso Museum, in what is considered to be the artist's home city, is housed in five medieval stone mansions and contains one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Picasso.
• Las Ramblas/La Rambla is the world famous promenade that meanders from Plaça Catalunya through the heart of the old town to meet the sea at the towering statue of Cristobal Colón (Christopher Columbus). Mingle with the crowds and enjoy the atmosphere of what has been described as “the greatest free show in Europe”.
Explore the city
Notes for a self-guided walking tour included
Notes for a self-guided walking tour included
The actual old town or Ciutat Vella is contained within a relatively small area so most places of interest can be reached on foot. Our self-guided walking tour takes approximately two hours to cover part of the Ciutat Vella, particularly the small, unassuming district of Santa Anna, and crosses the Plaça Catalunya to take in the lower section of the Eixample (19th-century modernist expansion).
Our hotel is well situated opposite the cathedral. We provide suggestions for where to eat out in the documentation that we send you prior to your holiday.
The location of this elegant hotel is unrivalled. Here, in the heart of the Old Town and right opposite the cathedral, you are within very easy reach of Las Ramblas with its lively bars and cafés. There are 138 smart, air-conditioned bedrooms and you can relax in the pleasant lounge.
Meal arrangements: breakfast only
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Getting to the city centre
This information is for guidance only; no travel is included in our prices and you should pay locally for your chosen option.
For more information about the airport, visit the Barcelona airport website (this is the official site but is only in Spanish).
Getting between Barcelona airport and the city (13km):
every 30 minutes
25-30€, plus bag fee
What is included
notes for a self-guided city walking tour
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Mrs E Sipes
11 April 2022
The Hotel Colon is perfectly located in the Gothic Quarter. It is surrounded by historical buildings, wonderful tapas bars and beautiful shops. Walking the narrow cobble stone alleys was awe-inspiring, and we thoroughly enjoyed the street performers on the square in front of the hotel. The Metro is close by allowing for easy access to all of Barcelona's historical sites. The Sagrada Familia church and the Park Guell are absolute must sees!! We were extremely fortunate to spend our last evening watching an incredible performance of the Guitar Trio and Dance at the Palau de la Musica Catalana! A truly wonderful holiday!
Mrs V Toghill
15 October 2019
The link to art and architecture on this holiday was a personal highlight for me, loved visiting Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, seeing where Matisse & Derain painted in Collioure, seeing Maillol’s sculptures in Banyuls-sur-Mer and visiting Dali’s house in Portlligat Cadaqués (book ahead as we did). Had many memorable meals, can recommend El Pintor in Barcelona, El Capillo in Collioure & Es Balconet de Sant Antoni in Cadaqué. The waiters at El Capillo were so friendly and had true passion about the food which was excellent. Es Balconet had a wonderful warm family atmosphere as well as serving delicious seafood at reasonable prices. The evening meals at Hotel Catalan in Banyuls sur Mer were superb.
INNTRAVEL NOTE: These customers enjoyed our Barcelona city add-on, staying at the Hotel Colón, before our Collioure to Cadaqués self-guided walking holiday.