Barcelona City Breaks 2014

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Beautiful and Bustling Barcelona

Tuck into tapas and sip some cava as you soak up the best of Catalonia during Barcelona city breaks. Located in Spain’s northern region, Barcelona is a fantastically diverse city awaiting culture vultures, beach bums and holidaying families in equal proportions. Take a last minute break for lazy beach days and late-night fiestas or take a winter break for easy access to some fantastic ski slopes in nearby Andorra, and with plenty of cultural hotspots and historical landmarks on hand, it’s a city break that’s brimming with things to see and do, whatever the season.

Visit the beautiful Park Güell for stunning views of the city skyline that stretch out to sea, take a wander through the fascinating Sagrada de Familia, or hideaway in one of the basement bars while enjoying a drink with the locals - whether you’re looking for the chance to soak up some Spanish flair or want the perfect mix of city exploration and beach bliss, Barcelona will not disappoint.

City Hotspots

It’s easy to see why Barcelona is often referred to as Spain’s second capital after Madrid; with an array of unique districts that are brimming with character, every day during your Barcelona city breaks can be spent exploring diverse and engrossing areas of the city, from ancient quarters, to modernised and evolving districts.

The main hub of activity is along Las Ramblas with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to indulge in during your stay. Book yourself into one of the cosy hotels just off the street to be within easy access of all the highlights, or choose one of the convenient apartments in the nearby El Gotic district for a chance to experience a slice of local life, as well as one of the most attractive and historic areas of the city. Las Ramblas is also home to the famous La Boqueria market, where you’ll be among the locals, bartering for fruit, Spanish ham and fresh seafood.

Sandy Allure and Stylish Architecture

With a fantastic stretch of golden sand, you can really make the most of the sunshine in Spain during city breaks to Barcelona. Lined with an array of beach bars and seafood restaurants, you’ll be able to set yourself up for a day of pure relaxation. Those who like a bit of action with their beach retreat will be pleased to hear that in recent years paddle boarding and surfing, also popular in the likes of San Sebastian and Tenerife, have become popular along this stretch, so rent a board and test your balance.

Barcelona city breaks are incomplete before seeking out the iconic Gaudi hotspots. Visit one of Gaudi’s finished buildings, Casa Batllo, take a trip to La Pedrera – also known as Casa Mila – and spend the day soaking up the sun in Park Güell. In each space you can expect some fantastic architecture and unique views of the city. Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudi’s most famous projects; however, queues tend to extend around the block, so make sure you book your tickets online first – easily one of the most memorable and enchanting things to do in this fascinating city.

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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

Barcelona is full of romantic atmosphere, whether looking to enjoy some time alone with your partner in a quiet, candlelit restaurant in El Gotico, or take a walk in El Born where you will find some of Barcleona's trendy cocktail bars, there's something for everyone. The W Barcelona hotel, also known as Hotel Vella, has a great selection of laid-back bars. Head there in the summer months to enjoy live music on the pool terrace or cocktails in its beach front terraces.

Beaches

St. Sebastia is the closest and most accessible beach from Barcelona’s city centre. There is a metro stop and several bus lines leading to the shore. This is the oldest and most traditional of all the beaches, with great facilities and a loyal populace. If you would prefer something a little livelier, head to Bogatell Beach where you will find a number of activities on offer including beach volleyball, as well as some fantastic restaurants along the waterfront.

Things To Do

There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona. Soak up the tradition and culture by enjoying some cuisine in Barceloneta or take a stroll along the boardwalk as the sun dips below the sea to admire the stunning views for a romantic end to the day.

Nightlife

If you are looking to let your hair down in the evenings then Barcelona's El Born will not let you down! With everything from theatre, musical performances and traditional events on offer here you're bound to find something to keep you entertained, whatever your interests.