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Barcelona is among the most coveted destinations in Europe, and it’s easy to see why — legendary nightlife, world-class dining and cafe culture, and an architectural style that is as well-preserved as the city’s vibrant culture. For the easiest access to all Barcelona has to offer, book an Airbnb in the heart of the city. These are nine of the best to put you close to the action, in style.
1. Penthouse with roomy terrace near Paseo de Gracia
This spot is perfect for relaxing on the terrace and taking in the sun over a glass of wine. And that’s just the outside. Inside this penthouse unit you’ll find a modern kitchen, vaulted ceilings, and plenty of space to spread out and be productive (or just lounge in front of the television). Located in the heart of the city and not too far from the beach, you’ll find this penthouse apartment to be convenient and charming, with a touch of local flare.
Price: $176 per night
2. Batllo luxury in prime location
A short walk from Plaza Catalunya and the Paseo de Gracia metro station, this spacious apartment sleeps up to seven in three full bedrooms, with a bathroom to match each. Despite being in the center of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, the unit itself is secluded and quiet, a peaceful respite from the beaches, cafes, and museums likely to occupy your daily itinerary while in Barcelona. If you decide to spend a night in, take advantage of the well-equipped kitchen and prepare your own Escalivada.
Price: $228 per night
3. Vintage concept flat in chic neighborhood
The owner of this vintage flat clearly has a taste for colorful art. In classic Barcelona style, the unit is defined by vaulted brick ceilings, but the yellows, greens, and blues of the adornments and decor give the unit a unique vibe. Nearby to trendy cafes, nightlife spots, and dining, this flat is also priced appropriately for a longer stay in the city, especially if you are traveling as a couple, family, or small group of up to five.
Price: $117 per night
4. Barcelona villa in peaceful setting
Set a short drive out of the city, this peaceful lodge comes complete with a pool and lots of space to lounge. Serenity is the vibe here, with nature taking a front seat and defining the stay as much as the well-adorned insides of this three-bedroom home. With large windows and fast internet, this house is perfect for a family or group of friends to set up basecamp for exploring Catalunya, whether that means a week in the city or a dash of escapes out to the countryside.
Price: $351 per night
5. Chic, sophisticated gem in Eixample
This sophisticated apartment in the trendy Eixample area is best described as minimalist meets artistic modern. Chill over the city views from the balcony, spoil yourself in the bathroom’s spa vibes, and walk to nearby tourist attractions, restaurants, and bars — this apartment literally could not be more centrally located in Barcelona. There are two bedrooms, each bright and vibrant, setting the mood for exciting days exploring this historic city.
Price: $100 per night
6. Amazing penthouse in Ramblas
Spacious and with three bedrooms and a large outdoor dining and relaxing space, this Ciutat Vella penthouse apartment is centrally located and gives you a top-down view on the city. Walk to Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya for your shopping and sightseeing needs, or tour the nearby Contemporary Art Museum and Plaza Universidad for a taste of Barcelona’s living history. Spend mornings strolling the Joaquin Costa, a pedestrian thoroughfare accessing the best of the city’s cafe culture, and evenings sipping Cava on the veranda.
Price: $181 per night
7. Unique property in Old Barcelona
One thing that is as true in Barcelona as elsewhere in Europe is the value of the efficient use of space. This flat is uniquely designed to optimize what is already a spacious unit. Here, in a wood-paneled apartment in the center of Ciutat Vella and greater Old Barcelona, you’re a moment’s walk from Palau de la Música Catalana, Plaça de Catalunya, and the cathedral, as well as all of the vibrant social settings that surround them. Of course, take advantage of the luxurious living space, as well.
Price: $151 per night
8. Attic duplex in Ramblas, Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s best balcony is yours in this upscale penthouse in the Gothic Quarter. You’ll look out over the city in style, with the Music Center and El Luceo down below. Walk everywhere in the city center, with some of Barcelona’s best chefs cooking paella and patatas bravas just up the street, and should you elect to participate in the late-late-late-night partying Barcelona is known for, you’ll arrive home to a bright and welcoming spot without having to worry about traversing across the city.
Price: $298 per night
9. Luxury apartment in Paseo de Gracia
Gaudi’s famous work, Casa Batllo, is literally right out the window of this apartment, one of the nicest penthouses in the city and certainly a treat considering it’s right near Paseo de Gracia. It’s known as the Godo Luxury apartment, and you’ll see why immediately upon entering — five bedrooms, five baths, two living rooms, and a spacious kitchen, just above the city’s beating heart and of course, there’s the unbeatable view of Casa Batllo, it’s impossible not to be wowed by this flat. With room for 10 guests, a group can go in together to cover the cost.
Price: $546 per night
A version of this article was previously published on December 14, 2014, and was updated on April 5, 2021, with more information.