Fascinating art around every corner
If one thing is for sure on holiday in Barcelona, it’s that you’ll snap some jaw-dropping pictures that’ll impress back home. The Catalonian capital is home to a diverse world of art – the most famous being the works of Antoni Gaudi. His name is almost synonymous with this Spanish city, with his most famous work, a mind-blowing basilica known as the Sagrada Familia, standing tall and proud as the beating heart of the city. Tickets can be bought online if you’re interested in a close-up look and you can even choose to have a guided tour.
This amazing masterpiece is just one of many wonderful works dotted throughout the city – the unbelievably pretty Park Guell is another gift left by Gaudi, where marvellous mosaic designs snake their way through the vibrant park grounds, all with beautiful views of Barcelona as a backdrop. This park is the largest green space in all of Barcelona and it covers an unbelievable 17 hectares. It’s an absolute must-see during your Barcelona city break! You can also buy tickets for a guided tour or a private tour, or just general admission online.
The streets of Barcelona themselves resemble something from a painting, where astonishing architecture meets mother nature. Take a moment to take in the peaceful atmosphere of pretty plazas lined with palm-trees, and make sure to snap a selfie or two in one of the most photogenic cities on earth. You’ll return from your holiday to Barcelona with some seriously stylish pictures, everyone at home will be jealous.
The best of both worlds
Sometimes a city break means there’s no chance of you setting eyes on a beach – but not with a city break to Barcelona! There are few destinations in the world where mountains and beaches come in such close contact, and the result is a dreamy destination where busy days on foot are balanced out by lazy days on the beach. If you’re wanting a city break that serves up culture by the truck load, but you’d still like some elements of a traditional beach holiday – there’s no better place than Barcelona. Barcelona is the best of both worlds.
Relax in the rays of the Spanish sun on bustling Barceloneta Beach, which lies just on the outskirts of the city. A dip in the sparkling sea is the perfect recompense after a hot day of exploring! This infamous Barcelona beach stretches more than 1.1km and is located in the traditional fishing district so people love to come here to eat their favourite seafood dishes. You’ve got everything you could need for a day at the beach with lifeguards, showers, changing rooms and toilets, sunbeds and beach umbrellas, and plenty of ice cream kiosks, restaurants and Wi-fi. Throw in a lazy day at the beach and your holiday to Barcelona couldn’t be better.
If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, you could take a day trip to nearby Port Aventura Theme Park to let loose – it was Spain’s first ever theme park! A day out at the theme park is ideal for the whole family with more than 40 rides, including roller-coasters, rides and even a waterpark. The park is always putting on different shows like educational bird shows, traditional dance shows and even musicals. Then when stomachs start to rumble, discover the huge variety of eateries from snack bars to cafes, and sit down restaurants to self service buffets. Whether you’re on holiday in Barcelona with family or friends, Port Aventura Theme Park is certainly a stop-off you should make.
Get an authentic taste of Spain
Fabulous flavours come as standard on a visit to Spain, everyone can appreciate the impressive Spanish cuisine – but even more so when grabbing a bite in Barcelona. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dreamy dining opportunities all around the city.
Treating yourself to some tasty tapas is a must on holiday in Barcelona to get the full experience – the food scene is just as enviable as the architecture, beaches and sights. Barcelona is home to some of the best tapas bars on the planet, we’re talking about a selection of delicious cured meats, stuffed olives, fresh bread…the options are endless. You’ll surely work up an appetite walking around Las Ramblas, or exploring Park Guell, so entangle yourself in the Barcelona food scene and you’ll be more than satisfied.
If you’re looking for a luxury taste on holiday in Barcelona you’ll be pleased to know there are a whopping 19 Michelin-star restaurants in Barcelona, so at least one has to be on your to-visit list. It’ll be a culinary journey your tastebuds will never forget. It’s the ideal way to celebrate something special or to just treat yourself to some indulgence. You know you deserve it.
On the other hand, to really get a feel for traditional Catalonian cuisine you have to stop by the largest and most impressive food market in Barcelona: La Boqueria on Las Ramblas. This one-of-a-kind food market has specialist stalls selling everything from fresh fruit to fish – your senses will come to life walking past these colourful counters. You won’t be able to resist trying something!
Wash it all down with a glass of sangria and your meal – and holiday – is complete! Or, try Barcelona’s national drink, Cava, a sparkling wine that can only be produced in the Catalonia region. The locals are so proud of their wine, so much so they’ll often have a glass daily! Now that sounds like a good way to live!
Why should I visit Barcelona?
Barcelona is the best of both worlds for holidays and city breaks alike. Spend days exploring the city, seeing and learning about a variation of interesting sites, or lazing on the beach and topping up your tan. Take a trip to the theme park for a splash of adrenaline, adventure through the local markets and of course try as many of the local dishes as you can in an aptitude of decadent traditional Spanish restaurants. For those looking to have a boogie, there’s plenty of nightlife options, from quiet settings to buzzing nightclubs. Barcelona holidays have everything you could want.
With the temperatures rarely dropping below 17°C, even through the winter, and encroaching into the thirties in the summer, holidays to Barcelona are ideal all year round. Travel in the summer for hotter temperatures best with beach days and the occasional city walks, or travel in the other seasons for cooler temperatures and plenty of exploring.
We have a variety of hotels in Barcelona to choose between, with rooftop swimming pools, in-house gyms and spas, and even 24/7 bars. Our hotels are located in ideal spots in the city, close to metro stations and bus stations, shops, and plenty of restaurants, so navigating your way through the city will be no issue.
For a city break like no other, Barcelona is a no-brainer for all holidaymakers. Book your exciting holiday to Barcelona with us today!