Barcelona Holidays 2015

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Beautiful and Bustling Barcelona

Barcelona is one of those unique cities that manages to boast both a friendly and contagious vibrant atmosphere with a medley of incredible cultural and historical sites and attractions, ensuring that all Barcelona holidays are full of enjoyment, adventure and discovery. Visitors will be captivated by countless aspects of the city’s character and composition, whether it is stunning architectural gems, fascinating galleries and museums, Beautifully-crafted parks and mouth-wateringly scrumptious cuisine.

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.

Stunning Architecture and Infectious Atmosphere

There is so much to see and do during Barcelona holidays that often it will take multiple visits to the glorious city before you’ve ticked off every entry on your itinerary. And that’s not all bad, considering that Barcelona will become your new favourite holiday destination rather quickly. Begin your exploration on Las Ramblas, the primary street of the city, a place where both locals and tourists mingle among stunning examples of the city’s architecture, vibrant street performers and the colourful La Boqueria market. Not too far from this busy street lies the Gothic Quarter, locally-known as Barri Gotic. This ancient realm of the city is truly captivating, dominated by winding, narrow streets, punctuated by churches, squares and a cathedral – it truly is like stepping back into a bygone era.

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.

Useful information

Language
Spanish, Catalan
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour

Barcelona prices and offers

Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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Flight + hotel from £203.50pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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Flight + hotel from £279.00pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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Flight + hotel from £288.50pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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Flight + hotel from £312.50pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 3 nts, from London Stansted view info>
Flight + hotel from £318.00pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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from £47.08pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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from £110.13pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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from £113.01pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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from £123.07pp
Barcelona Inner City, Barcelona
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from £130.84pp

Things to do in Barcelona

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 activities

  • Admire the work of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's most famous son. Climb the giddy heights of the unfinished Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family, stroll past ornate lampposts on Las Rambla and visit the grand Guell Palace.
  • Visit the pavilions and plazas of Gaudi's fantastical garden city at Guell Park.
  • See world-famous works of art at the Picasso Museum.
  • Wander the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and explore ancient Roman ruins.
  • If you like football, no visit to Barcelona would be complete without a trip to the immense Camp Nou.

Barcelona nightlife

  • Enjoy a night out; from lively bars to all-night clubs and discos, city breaks in Barcelona have something for everyone.
  • Visit one of the city's cava bars and indulge in the local speciality.
  • Take in a concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, ballet at L'Espai or opera at the reconstructed Gran Teatre del Liceu.
  • Spend an evening sampling some delicious cuisine. From tapas and seafood to the finest international fare, Barcelona's restaurants and cafés cater for every budget and taste.

Barcelona shopping

  • Pick up the latest designer labels in the shops and boutiques around Placa Catalunya.
  • Stock up on souvenirs while being entertained by street artists and performers along Las Ramblas.
  • Buy independent clothing labels, quirky antiques and ancient books in the tiny shops that line the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter.
  • Pick up vintage clothing and music in the second-hand stores around the El Raval area.

Other popular attractions on holidays in Barcelona

  • Ride a cable-car to the top of Montjuic and spend a day or two exploring its many attractions. Visit the Joan Miro museum, stroll through the botanical gardens or enjoy the amusement park.
  • See the city from the water on a boat trip around the harbour.
  • Barcelona holidays are a great base for exploring the surrounding area. Take a day trip and ride the cable car to the top of Montserrat, or spend the day at a seaside resort.

Reasons to visit

  • Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, making it one of the country's oldest and most important cities.
  • If you've visited other stunning European cities such as Paris or Rome and fallen in love, you'll be sure to fall under Barcelona's spell.

Useful information

Language
Spanish, Catalan
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour

Top hotels in Barcelona

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Romance 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.

Hotels in Barcelona

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.

Couples Beaches in Barcelona

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.

Things to do in Barcelona

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.

Family Attractions

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.

Family Activities

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.

Nightlife

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.

Family Hotels

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.