The Best Airbnbs and Holiday Rentals in Barcelona

Find the best Airbnb accommodation in Barcelona
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21 April 2021

Spend a weekend in Barcelona to combine arty tours of the Museu Picasso with boutique shopping in Gràcia, ending with delectable pintxos (tapas) washed down with cold cava. Feel like a local with a stay in one of these vacation rentals in the Catalan capital, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Whether it’s gazing up at a Gaudí masterpiece or swooning over dinner on La Rambla, sizzling on the hip Barceloneta beach or throwing shapes until dawn in Eixample, Barcelona is a city that wows. The best way to immerse yourself in life here is by staying somewhere that makes you feel at home. With that in mind, we’ve picked out some of the best places to stay that will help you fit right into the irrepressible and incomparable Catalan capital.

Private pool villa with health club and sauna

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4/5 (1 Reviews)
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Courtesy of Villa Santa Marta / Expedia
Set on a leafy lane in Barcelona’s Sant Andreu neighbourhood, Villa Santa Marta is in an area practically untouched by tourism. Jump on the nearby metro, however, and you can be in the heart of it all in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for large groups, the urban villa sleeps up to 14 across four bedrooms, and has a spacious lounge. Swanky touches include a pool out back and a jacuzzi tub, plus there’s a disco bar to help get the party started.
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Snug modern apartments close to La Sagrada Familia

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4.6/5 (5 Reviews)
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Courtesy of Hotel Sagrada Familia Apartments / Booking.com

Staying at the Hotel Sagrada Familia Apartments puts you just steps from Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece. Interiors mix exposed brick with a smart contemporary finish and wooden floors. With two bedrooms (one with bunk beds) plus a lounge, the flats can accommodate up to six guests. Modern kitchens offer everything you’ll need for self-catering, including a dishwasher, but step outside and you’re near dozens of buzzing eateries.

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Pop colour apartments with a rooftop pool

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Courtesy of Midtown / Airbnb

If you’re thinking of dialling up the luxury while you’re in Barcelona, Midtown Apartments offer something a little special. Inspired by New York loft living, interior design blends retro chic with painted brickwork and monochrome wall art. You can choose between one and three bedrooms, accommodating from two to six people. High-end kitchens and swish lounges add to the upscale vibe. Best of all? A rooftop terrace features a pool with views over the surrounding Eixample neighbourhood.

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Retro airy units in the Gothic Quarter

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4.9/5 (8 Reviews)
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Courtesy of Cua Ceres / Airbnb

These six bright, modern apartments are set in a handsome building whose ornate wrought iron balconies overlook leafy La Rambla on the edge of the Gothic Quarter. Décor is cheerful and contemporary across the six flats, each with either one or two bedrooms, sleeping four guests. They all come with up-to-date kitchens or kitchenettes, while the loft apartment also opens to a sunny terrace with loungers – a great spot for soaking up the Barcelona sun.

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Cool monochrome apartment rentals with a shared pool

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4.8/5 (509 Reviews)
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Courtesy of Catedral Bas Apartments Barcelona / Expedia

Set deep in the heart of the city’s Gothic Quarter, Catedral Bas Apartments Barcelona are perfectly positioned for exploring the past of Barcelona; the 12th-century cathedral is just five minutes’ walk away. The sleek modern apartments come in one- or two-bedroom formats, sleeping four or six, with well-equipped kitchens and comfy lounges. Egyptian cotton and memory foam mattresses add comfort where it counts, plus you’ll have access to a shared rooftop plunge pool with cathedral views.

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  • A chic minimalist pad on La Rambla

    Apartment
    4.7/5 (255 Reviews)
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    Courtesy of Apartments Rambla 102 / Booking.com

    No prizes for guessing where Apartments Rambla 102 are located, meaning you step right out onto the city’s leafy thoroughfare in Barcelona’s Old Town. The apartments are luxurious, with calming décor that varies from Japanese influences to Nordic minimalism. There are studio and one-bedroom layouts, both sleeping four guests, with Egyptian cotton sheets adding to the upscale feel. Some open to balconies overlooking La Rambla, but don’t worry – all apartments are soundproofed.

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    Light-filled Eixample apartments with cosy terraces

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    4.7/5 (745 Reviews)
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    Courtesy of CASP74 Apartments / Booking.com

    A sleek, modern façade sets the tone for these 27 smart luxury apartments on a quiet road in the Eixample neighbourhood. They come with one, two or three bedrooms, accommodating groups of up to six people. Some are duplex and open to small garden terraces, while others feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the leafy street. Open-plan kitchen-diner-lounge areas make great places to chill when you’re not out exploring the best of Barcelona nearby.

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    Uber-modern suites in hip Gràcia

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    4.6/5 (197 Reviews)
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    Courtesy of Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Bcn Suites / Booking.com

    These one- and two-bedroom apartments occupy a modern red-brick building tucked down a quiet lane in the Gràcia district. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is just a short stroll away. The vibe is smart yet playful, with the odd comic touch added to the otherwise sleek interiors. Some extend to sunny terraces, perfect for drinks before heading out to dinner. If you’d rather eat in, there’s everything you’ll need to do that too.

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    Vintage apartment in happening neighbourhood

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    Courtesy of Romina / Airbnb

    This chic apartment has original 1930s Catalan high-vaulted ceilings and ceramic tiled floors that set a soothing tone for this vintage stay. The hand-picked furniture is colourful and stylish without being overbearing, and the floor plan creates a sense of space while showcasing the unique features of the flat. A kitchen corner provides the basics you need to create a home-cooked meal, while the bathroom offers a comfy walk-in shower and retro tap fittings. The flat is located in the Eixample district, known for wide streets and modernist buildings, shops and restaurants.

    Modernist Sant Antoni apartment

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    The small corner of Eixample known as Sant Antoni is a trendy neighbourhood renowned for its bar and food scene – a reputation enhanced by the reopening of the Sant Antoni Market. This bright, modern apartment has a sleek and contemporary feel, with minimalist décor blending old, whitewashed brick walls and stylish furniture. A private outdoor terrace has an open-plan dining and seating area, the perfect place for dinner or for a glass of cava before a night out on the nearby (and often buzzing) Carrer del Parlament.

    Justin Calderon contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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