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General Information

Port Vell is a popular destination for tourists that want to be close to the beach and the sea. There are many attractions nearby, such as the Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument), the southern part of La Rambla, the Maremagnum shopping mall and many restaurants and coffee shops.

A large selection of hotels are available in the port area. There are quite a few apartments and studio-apartments that can be rented, and you will also find some hotels having four or five stars. This area is a little detached from the old city center, so it is more recommended for those who seek the proximity to the beach, an amazing seaside view. Important to remember that the prices are concomitant with the location. Hotels in this part of the city will usually be more expensive compared to other parts of Barcelona.

Tips and Recommendations

  • The port is an attractive touristic center. Even though it is not as popular as La Rambla, or as central as Plaça de Catalunya, there are still a lot of good accommodation options at lower prices and higher quality levels.
  • The summer is the peak season, so for those interested in finding an accommodation during the summer months it is highly recommended to book a place in advance. During the rest of the year, booking in advance is unnecessary. Good hotels can be found by last minute booking.
  • The noise in this area can be high, especially during the summer. If you are staying in this area make sure that the hotel has soundproof windows or consider staying in another area.
  • Hotels in this area have smaller rooms than the ones in Sants or Montjuic area, and therefore, families and groups that prefer larger rooms, should choose to rent an apartment or book a hotel room in different areas (for additional information – Family-friendly Hotels in Barcelona).  
  • Even though the hotels prices are higher compared to some in remote areas, they are still more affordable in comparison to La Rambla or the Gothic Quarter. This makes the port area a good choice of accommodation for those who want a central, affordable area. Apartments and hostels are also available in this area for families and low cost travelers (for additional information – Cheap Hotels in Barcelona).
  • Port Vell is one of the most beautiful areas of Barcelona and it includes some luxurious hotels, very suitable for a romantic breaks such as honeymoons or wedding anniversaries (for additional information – Romantic Hotels, Luxury Hotels and Spa Hotels in Barcelona).
  • This area of Barcelona has an active nightlife, so if you are looking for entertainment and want to be close to bars and clubs – this is a good area for you. If the nightlife is not really your cup of tea, we recommend to avoid this area.
  • The area is not suitable for those who choose to visit Barcelona with a car. If this is the case, we recommend to book a hotel in another area of Barcelona, like the EixampleSants or Montjuic (for additional information – Hotels with Parking and Car Rental in Barcelona).
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