There’s no surprise that Barcelona is one of the most-visited destinations in the whole of Spain, especially considering the variety that the city offers to holidaymakers. Holidays to Barcelona suit everyone: families can revel in the colour and active ethos of the city, engaging in water sports on the beach or visiting the stadium of one of the world’s greatest football teams, couples will feel romanticised by the glorious dining scene and breath-taking cityscapes, while culture vultures will revel in the artistic prowess and landmarks that rival those of the capital Madrid.
Flex your cultural muscles further by delving into the grandeur that is the architecture of Gaudi. The world-famous architect has numerous celebrated works around the city, but the two that stand out the most are easily the towering Sagrada Familia cathedral and the beautiful Parc Guell, boasting views out over the city. If you’re feeling a little sore, indulge in the essence of a beach break and take to the wonderful strip of sand that is waiting to turn your holidays in Barcelona into a sun-filled paradise. You can enhance these ideals even further by heading along the coast to the wonderful beaches around nearby Valencia – a perfect daytrip option. And when the sun goes down, it is time to indulge in the city’s fantastic culinary scene and nightlife. Tuck into some gorgeous paella or tapas, complimented by a jug of sangria, before hitting some of the countless vibrant bars and clubs that Barcelona boasts.
Famous for combining the old effortlessly with the new, Barcelona is the perfect destination for an exciting city break. To find out more about this fantastic city, check out our list of top things to do in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a captivating city of elegance and splendour, and is the perfect place to enjoy with your other half. Take a romantic stroll across the zigzagging paths of Park Guell with views of the city below, or relax on the beach with the cityscape behind you. Together you can indulge in your creative side, with visits to art galleries, museums and ancient monuments, or soak up the dreamy ambience of the famous Sagrada Familia. Once the sun goes down, steal a few moments alone with a romantic meal at one of the many fine restaurants across the city.
Barcelona is filled with a range of different hotels to meet every accommodation need. Whether you want to find somewhere that is good value for money or you wish to enjoy a luxury stay in one of the upmarket hotels, there is somewhere perfect for everyone. For those on a budget, the Aranea Hotel offers a central location, just a short walk from the Sagrada Familia, at a reasonable price. If you are looking for something more exclusive, the Miramar is set in a beautiful, palatial building offering spectacular views across the city and over the Mediterranean.
The coastline of Barcelona is speckled with golden sands. With beaches that stretch into the distance for three miles, there is most certainly a sunny spot just waiting for you. The main beach, Barceloneta, has been voted the best urban beach in the world and is a lively buzz of beachside cafes and restaurants, as well as water sports such as wind surfing and kite surfing. If you feel like finding a quieter area, across the Olympic Harbour sits a few other beaches, such as the Nova Icária and the Mar Bella, which were constructed as part of the development of the city for the 1992 Olympics.
Barcelona is a city filled with history, culture and art. By simply taking a wander across districts such as the Gothic Quarter and Eixample, you will pass some beautifully artistic architecture, such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá and Casa Batlló. Take a visit to Park Guell and you will be transported into a fantasy world, filled with eccentric features on every turn. The city is also overflowing with museums and galleries, offering exhibitions on a range of subjects from history and art to science and erotica. Enjoy a flamenco show or visit the city during one of its many festivals, you can even spend a night at the opera.
Located in the Port, Barcelona Aquarium is well worth a visit and offers hours of fun, especially for the kids. Take a trip to Parc de la Ciutadella for Barcelona’s most central park which includes a zoo. For some of Barcelona’s shopping with scenery take a walk down La Rambla – Barcelona’s tree-lined pedestrian mall.
Join the Barcelona Road Cycling Group for a tour around the gorgeous city on the road. Alternatively, find out about your locally organised sight-seeing tours through the concierge in your hotel. Or, if you fancy yourself a bit of a daredevil, Barcelona offers many racing tracks to try your hand at go karting.
For traditional Spanish tapas with a hint of Asian cuisine, book a table for Dos Palillos for a real treat. If seafood is what you’re after, head to Passadis del Pep for a selection of beautifully presented dishes. For a taste of home, head to an Irish bar for a night cap.
The Hotel Acta Mimic is a fantastic family hotel, with only walking distance to some of Barcelona’s main attractions. Try Le Meridien Barcelona for a hotel that offers a babysitting service should you wish to have some alone time with your partner.