Barcelona Holidays 2014-2015

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Breaks in Barcelona

A myriad of monuments and a blissful beach showcase the rich history and beauty in one of Europe’s most sought after cities for holidaymakers.

There’s much to be said about Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, Spain. The modern city boasts sophistication and culture alongside chic boutiques and fantastic restaurants. Barcelona holidays include an array of gothic architecture as well as trendy restaurants, clubs and bars, making the destination ideal for both families and young couples or friends. Modernist art enhances the city’s charm and adds a unique element to an already remarkable place.

The Catalan Buzz

Your holidays to Barcelona will be complemented with the array of wonderful accommodation available. Choose from our all-inclusive, family-friendly and four and five star hotels to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The list of things to do on Barcelona is endless, but for a true immersion in the Catalonia spirit visit Las Ramblas. The famous, bustling street disguises itself as a gorgeous tree-lined walkway, but up front it is a lively, thronging street of colour and passion. You’ll find this atmosphere amplified further in the wonderful La Boqueria market that sits alongside Las Ramblas. This is where the locals go to get their fresh food and goods, and where many tourists go on holidays to Barcelona to experience a traditional Catalonian scene of chaos!

Art and Architecture

Arguably Barcelona’s biggest draw is the flamboyant and modernistic architecture of Gaudi. The magnificent and majestic Gaudi House Museum in Park Güell was the architect’s home for almost twenty years. The park and museum now houses furniture, objects and buildings sculpted by the late artist. Explore the coves manifested from the unique imagination of Gaudi, plus the multi-coloured mosaic and the two buildings at the park’s entrance.

Equally as enamouring is the La Sagrada Família. Gaudi’s Roman Catholic Church has been under construction since 1882, with an estimated completion date of 2028. The views from the top of the church are highly photogenic, perfect for families looking to stay active as the walk to the top is not for the faint-hearted!

If you’re a family looking for somewhere quieter, Sitges is ideal as it features an all-round quieter atmosphere. Seventeen beaches surround the town so visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to soft sand and superb seas. Girona is equally as quaint, perfect for couples who like to combine indulgence with exploring the rich Spanish Culture at an easy pace.

Alternatively you can head to the “rugged coast” of Costa Brava where small towns overlook incredible beaches backed by verdant mountainous landscapes. Costa Dorada features scenery to match, coupled with a focus of family entertainment found in the seafront fairground and large stretch of beaches.

Barcelona holidays never fall short of evening attractions, with many authentic restaurants open till late due to the siesta. Bars and clubs will be sure to provide a night to remember, whether sipping classy cocktails or dancing the night away on a revolving dance-floor, the city has it all. You can even enjoy a warm summers evening on Barceloneta Beach, often occupied by sand artists and Congo players providing the soundtrack to your stay.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Spanish, Catalan
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Barcelona
Flight time: 2 hours

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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.

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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.