City Breaks in Barcelona
Beautiful, full of unique character with plenty of gorgeous eateries and lively bars to discover, Barcelona is one of the most exciting and vibrant destinations to spend time in.
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Barcelona is the ideal city for anyone looking towander along, soaking up the atmosphere of each distinct neighbourhood and explore some of the city’s most gorgeous spaces.
The city is both characterful and colourful, from the quirky Gothic Quarter, to the bustling shops and bars of The Rambla, through to the modernist buildings of The Eixample.
So whether you like the idea of climbing up Montjuïc Mountain to get a bird’s-eye view, discovering some memorable arty and cultural hangouts, or kicking back in a bar, you’ll be able to find the perfect spot for you.
Modernism and green spaces
For those looking to spend their city breaks in Barcelona seeing some unique sights, we recommend getting a good pair of shoes ready! There’s so much to discover on foot.
You can pop across to the Sagrada Família church, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece and a spectacular modernist building. Although it was started in the late 19th century, it’s still incomplete and it’s a breathtaking sight.
Gaudi’s Park Güell is equally awe-inspiring, and you can easily spend hours in this magical and surreal place. And if that takes your fancy, head to the Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul, a World Heritage Site built in 1901, and a brilliant example of modernist architecture with beautiful green gardens.
More green spaces can be found at Ciutadella Park which also houses the city zoo, and Montjuïc Castle is also worth a peek. This 17th-century fort is a feast for the eyes.
A day out in Barcelona is never dull. Arty types can see the collections in world-class galleries like Fundació Joan Miró or MNAC, or explore the city’s history at Museu d'Historia de Barcelona.
If you’re after a few drinks between bobbing into museums and boutiques try the bohemian Raval Quarter, and you can round the day off by visiting Filmoteca, the local art-house cinema.
For a really relaxing day, pop down to one of the city’s many beaches. And for a night out, try some local clubs like Sala Apolo or Sidecar.
The gastronomic scene in Barcelona is definitely worth exploring, so make time to visit the city’s lovely restaurants during your break.
To give you some inspiration, Els 4 Gats is an eatery where Picasso and Salvador Dali used to meet for a catch-up, so you can experience something a little different there. There are plenty of gorgeous little places serving local dishes too, from high-end restaurants to budget cafés, so find out what’s near you. Some popular places include Foc i Oli, Petit Pau Restaurant and Napa.