Barcelona City Breaks 2016

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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.

Barcelona City Breaks

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.

Barcelona Inner City Cuisine

Restaurants

You will find some of the best Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. For an affordable dining experience visit Elisabets or Casa Amalia or if you are looking for a little more luxury try ABac or Tickets. Whatever your culinary requests, you are sure to find a restaurant to cater to your needs, with some sumptuous traditional dishes on offer as well as a range of International options available.

Tapas

If you are keen to taste a variety of Spanish cuisine then what better place to do so than in Barcelona where you can find some high quality Tapas. Keep your eyes out for places like, Jai-ca, Cal Pep and El Vaso d’Oro for some excellent food. If you want to try the real deal, head to Las Ramblas where you'll find some of the best and most traditional tapas in the city.

Spanish Cava

For Spanish cava visit El Xampanyet on the Calle Montcada or Cavanar which is situated just off the beach in Barceloneta. If you are looking for something more traditional, then look no further than Xampañria Can Paixano which offers some of the best Cava in Barcelona!

Cafes

You will find many cafés dotted along the streets of Barcelona which are great for couples or families who want to soak up the atmosphere and experience the true Spanish culture and cuisine. But, for the best people-watching, venture over to Las Ramblas where you can set up camp and watch the world go by as you bask in the warm Spanish sunshine.

Barcelona Inner City Culture

Gaudi

What would a trip to Barcelona be without a visit to Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia? This beautifully constructed temple boats marvellous architecture and is well worth a visit. You can also take a trip to La Pedrera, this unusual apartment building which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sight is now a museum which often holds exhibitions.

Museums

There are no shortages of museums in Barcelona. Take a walk around the Catalonian museum, the Barcelona museum of contemporary culture, the numerous Gaudi buildings or, for something a little different, the Barcelona FC museum. A great day out for adults and children alike, these day trips are a great way to inject some education into your Barcelona city break.

Galleries

The Picasso museum is the most popular and famous museum in Barcelona with the largest collection of Picasso's work it shouldn't be missed. The Joan Miro gallery is also a popular choice, giving visitors a deep insight into his career. Art lovers will enjoy the wealth of galleries dotted throughout the city, offering some of the best art work in the world.

Las Ramblas

This long, pedestrian only street is a must visit whilst in Barcelona. With shops, open-air cafés and so much more, you will be glad you did. It is the central boulevard in Barcelona and cuts through the heart of the city making it a great place to start your city tour.

Top Barcelona Hotels

Alma Barcelona

Situated near the heart of Barcelona, a stay at the Alma Barcelona is exciting and perfect for active guests wanting to easily explore. Near to museums and restaurants, you'll never be bored! The beautifully decorated property has a convenient 24hr reception and room service anytime, day or night.

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America

Found in the centre of Barcelona's main tourist area the hotel America is perfect for those seeking an exciting city break in luxury. All rooms are fully-equipped with a range of excellent amenities and guests will also find a breakfast room, outdoor swimming pool, bar and gym to make use of on-site. A great choice for couples and small groups seeking a memorable city break to Barcelona.

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Barcelona House

Barcelona House is located in the historic quarter of the city and offers some great facilities including a breakfast room and Wi-Fi access. The hotel is made up of 57 stylish and comfortable en suite rooms which received a complete renovated in 2010. This hotel is ideal for those looking to explore all that this fascinating city has to offer with Barceloneta Beach and top shopping areas both nearby.

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K+K Hotel Picasso

Close to many attractions in the city such as the Picasso Museum, this hotel provides an ideal base to explore the cultural offerings. Complete with a swimming pool and soundproof rooms, you're sure to have a relaxed break in the sunshine.

Useful information

Language
Spanish, Catalan
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour
Airport
Barcelona
Flight time
2 hours