Short stay in Barcelona: the Catalan Art Nouveau metropolis by the sea

If you are on holiday on the Costa Brava, we think you should definitely plan a short stay in Barcelona! A few days and nights in the vibrant Catalan Mediterranean metropolis are the perfect end to a hiking holiday on the GR-92!
To make your short stay in Barcelona a relaxing city trip, we have put together a few tips here:

  • Deposit extra luggage in Barcelona: If you arrive via Barcelona Airport, you will have to go to the city centre or the Plaza Catalunya on the way to the starting point of the hike in Portbou anyway (see also Arrival). On this occasion, a suitcase with fresh clothes suitable for the big city can be deposited in the luggage locker. Info under www.lockerbarcelona.comThis provider is centrally located in the immediate vicinity of Plaza Catalunya. Lockers of various sizes are available from around €3.50 per day (long-term rentals are usually somewhat cheaper on request).
  • Pickpocketing: Barcelona is unfortunately considered a stronghold of pickpockets in Europe. Valuables should therefore be stored in the hotel locker as a precaution. Bags and backpacks should never be placed loosely next to a chair or table, but should at least be secured with a chair leg.
  • Popular neighbourhoods: For those who want to immerse themselves in the life of this extraordinary city for a few days, we recommend accommodation in one of the following districts:

Staying overnight in the "El Born" district

The area around the cathedral "Santa Maria del Mar" is a charming quarter with narrow, medieval streets and many restaurants and bars. Many creative people, artists and artisans have settled here. Small fashion labels and new gastronomic concepts are springing up here all the time.

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Staying overnight in the "Eixample" district

"Eixample" is the square Art Nouveau and architects' quarter of Barcelona: the ornamental façades of the apartment buildings, most of which date back to the 19th century, give an idea of the prosperity of the upper middle classes of that time. World-famous architectural highlights: Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà. Centrally located, north of the old town.

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Staying overnight in the "El Raval" district

"El Raval" is the multicultural quarter of Barcelona. Here, young skaters and art lovers alike meet on the square in front of the MACBA museum of contemporary art. It is also home to "La Boqueria" - probably the most beautiful indoor market in Europe!

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Highlights in Barcelona

Barcelona is always worth a visit! Since the journey to the Costa Brava usually takes you via Barcelona Airport anyway, it's a good idea to take a Combination of hiking holiday and city trip just about!