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The best of Barcelona, Spain, in Ciutat Vella

The center of activity in Barcelona, the Ciutat Vella district charms travelers with its bustling avenues full of markets and street vendors and tasty eateries in historic neighborhoods. Days here are spent hopping between museums and family-friendly attractions like a zoo and aquarium, or down on the waterfront of the Balearic Sea, sunning on a sandy beach and watching the boats come and go from the harbor. After you've selected your ideal Ciutat Vella vacation rental, whether with ocean views or in the center of a traditional neighborhood, you'll find all sorts of holiday fun awaits in this Spanish city.

Things to do

Step back in time in Ciutat Vella

Ciutat Vella caters for every interest, with art galleries, theaters and an aquarium on the waterfront where you can dive with sharks. The district's Gothic Quarter is the best place to check out historic architecture along medieval streets that now host an array of bars and tasty restaurants. There's a number of historic churches you'll want to snap photos of here, including the Gothic-style Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi and 13th-century Cathedral of Barcelona, before heading into the Museum of the History of Barcelona, where you can learn about the city's heritage and see the remnants of Roman buildings.


Hitting the streets in Ciutat Vella

Known as District 1, Ciutat Vella is a hub for some of Barcelona's most popular activities, many of which take place along the famous La Rambla, a pedestrian pathway that runs to the waterfront. Whether you take a leisurely stroll to admire the architecture, stop for lunch at sidewalk cafes prime for people watching or shop at the flower stalls and art markets, you'll find plenty of ways to soak up the culture here. With lots of Ciutat Vella vacation rentals to choose from near this center of activity, you'll be able to enjoy the bustle by night and day.


Year-round holidays in Ciutat Vella

Barcelona is a popular place to visit all year long, thanks to its coastal locale, sunny weather and many amenities. Summers bring a swell of travelers who escape to the beaches, but temperatures in the middle of the season can be quite hot. Late spring and early fall offer a nice compromise, with warm afternoons still ideal for dips in the Mediterranean, but a lower level of crowds on the beach. No matter when you visit, be sure to reserve your Ciutat Vella vacation rental early, as the waterfront district is a desirable place to stay.

Natural features

Stepping outside in Ciutat Vella

Though Ciutat Vella is always bustling with activity in one of the largest cities in Spain, you don't have to wander far to discover a piece of nature and enjoy the great outdoors. On the coast, you'll be treated to stretches of sand that overlook the blue waters of the Balearic Sea, perfect for watching the sunset paint the sky in brilliant shades of pink and orange each evening. Just a few blocks inland, Ciutadella Park offers some green space in the middle of the city, with a lake for boating, lawns for picnicking and trails perfect for family strolls.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Ciutat Vella

Fly into Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Barcelona Franca Station or France Station and explore the city from there. It's easy to get around Ciutat Vella by jumping on the metro at Barceloneta Station, Drassanes Station or Jaume I Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Ciutat Vella?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,319 vacation rentals near Ciutat Vella. From 1,275 Condos/Apartments to 1,266 Studios, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ciutat Vella for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ciutat Vella?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ciutat Vella:

  • Gothic Quarter: 1,039 vacation rentals
  • Dreta de l'Eixample: 1,780 vacation rentals
  • El Born: 417 vacation rentals
  • Eixample: 1,928 vacation rentals
  • La Sagrada Familia: 790 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ciutat Vella?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ciutat Vella. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Las Ramblas: 3,451 vacation rentals
  • Barcelona Cathedral: 3,447 vacation rentals
  • Barcelona (YJD-Barcelona-France Train Station): 3,449 vacation rentals
  • Barcelona City History Museum: 3,447 vacation rentals
  • European Museum of Modern Art: 3,448 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ciutat Vella listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Ciutat Vella?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,275 Condos/Apartments in Ciutat Vella. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ciutat Vella include:

  • Studios: 1,266 rentals available
  • Houses: 26 rentals available
  • Bed & breakfasts: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Guest houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ciutat Vella?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 34 vacation rentals with pool available in Ciutat Vella. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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