Barcelona is a rare city. It features as much culture as virtually any other destination in Europe, but in a uniquely laid back environment, with excellent weather, beach access, and a fantastic culinary scene. It consistently appears at or near the top of “best of” travel lists, and was a runner-up to San Sebastián, the winner of our Best of Europe award in 2018.
This year, Barcelona takes the top spot in Europe in our Experts’ Choice Awards. Critics and writers from leading travel media power the Experts’ Choice awards. We draw on “best-of 2019” lists and our proprietary scoring algorithm that aggregate and weight expert reviews for hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Barcelona is renowned for its architecture, which range from Gaudi masterpieces such as Basilica of the Sagrada Familia 92 Casa Milà 90 and Parc Guell 90 to modern skyscrapers by architects such as Herzog and de Meuron. Best of all, you can enjoy many of these buildings from multiple angles by taking advantage of the city’s rooftop bars.
The Kimpton Barcelona, opening this summer, will be centrally located near La Rambla, the city’s most famous (and most crowded!) street, and will feature the luxury and eccentricty that the Kimpton brand is known for. Nobu Barcelona, which is taking reservations for stays starting from September, will feature a 23rd floor restaurant that we expect will become a highlight of the city’s dining scene.
There has been a rapid rise in the number of tourists visiting Barcelona in the last few years, and several of our source publications have warned that this may negatively effect your experience of the city. Our #1 piece of advice is to avoid visiting the city in peak season, especially August, when the in any event the weather is often unpleasantly hot. In the shoulder and off-peak seasons, Barcelona remains an exceptional experience and a deserving winner of the title of Best of Europe 2019.