Barcelona City Breaks
A guide to Barcelona
Barcelona constantly features among the top city destinations in Europe, thanks to its fabulously atmospheric medieval centre, terrific sights like Gaudi’s truly astonishing Sagrada Familia cathedral, outstanding museums and galleries, excellent modern attractions, classy accommodation, superb bars and restaurants, and a distinctly Catalan sense of style. The city also owes its popularity to the Mediterranean climate and the presence of the sea, with Barcelona offering a fascinatingly different perspective from other Spanish destinations like Madrid, Seville, Malaga and Palma.
A wealth of iconic Spanish treasures
The city offers a feast for lovers of architecture both old and new. Few destinations worldwide have combined historic treasures and modernity so effectively, and the centre offers exceptional variety, with exciting attractions for families, romantic dining, fashionable boutiques, traditional bars, a busy cultural programme and some of the classiest and most cosmopolitan nightlife in Spain. A morning exploring the historic gems of the Barri Gotic can be followed by a trip to Gaudi’s extraordinary ceramic creations in Parc Guell, or a look at the superbly re-developed harbour area. Spend the evening exploring trendy bars and swish nightclubs in characterful neighbourhoods like Gràcia, the Born, La Ribera and El Raval, and all trips here will gravitate around the famous Ramblas, with its beautiful covered markets and street entertainers.
First-class sights, world-class dining and entertainment
Excellent public transport enables weekend breaks to include all the major sights. Visit superb attractions like the aquarium, take a tour of Barcelona’s incredible Camp Nou football stadium or visit the intriguing coastal resort of Sitges. You can also include a trip to all Barcelona beaches, and the mild climate and glorious sunshine ensures a relaxing trip at any time of year.