Barcelona Holidays 2014

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Holidays in Barcelona

Spain’s largest city is a melting pot of Catalonian culture and vibrancy, and is one of the country’s most expressive and engaging destinations. Barcelona's rich history can still be discovered amongst the burgeoning and modernised age that has captured this Spanish city since it hosted the 1992 Olympic Games. Though the city has experienced a massive tourist influx since then, but Barcelona holidays still reveal a traditional charm that remains throughout the city; in particular on Las Ramblas, the famous, bustling street that 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!

Getaways here also boasts a vibrant beach culture, with its everlasting strip of sand often recognised as one of the finest in the world. The beach life vibrancy is mirrored by the city’s nightlife, and you’ll find on holidays in Barcelona, that it has one of the most rapidly developing club and bar scenes in Europe.

For culture and history enthusiasts, Barcelona has a special quarter for you to explore to allow you to get your artistic fix. The Bari Gotic provides a fantastic insight into the city’s medieval era where there were also Roman foundations. The City History Museum allows you to tour these 2,000 year-old foundations as well as giving you more information as to the city’s history.

Arguably Barcelona’s biggest draw is the flamboyant and modernistic architecture of Gaudi. You’ll find his imprint in various parts of the city, but his two crown jewels are the Sagrada Familia, a city landmark, and Park Guell, a beautiful, fairytale-esque garden that would be the highlight of any Barcelona holidays.

Out and About in Barcelona

Holidays in Barcelona will keep you busy from the moment you land in Catalonia. The city is a fantastic destination to explore on foot, but if you’re feeling a little lazy, Barcelona has an excellent tour bus route provided by City Sightseeing.

Football fanatics must visit FC Barcelona’s imposing stadium, the Nou Camp. A tour of the stadium allows you to wander the stands and the pitch, as well as providing you access to the inspiring club museum which is home to trophies, shirts and boots, and much more famous memorabilia.

A stroll around the Olympic Village and along the Beachfront Boardwalk allows visitors to discover a slightly different atmosphere in Barcelona. Grab an ice cream and meander around the picturesque settings and relive the memories of 92.

If you fancy getting a little more active during your holidays to Barcelona, you can join a running tour of Barcelona which gifts you the joys of sightseeing alongside a fit and healthy way of getting about. One of the best tour groups is 360runningbarcelona – though it is best to join the tour before your hearty paella!

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.