Stretches of sandy beaches, unrivalled Spanish nightlife, and rich Catalonian culture make Barcelona a longstanding holiday favourite. Escape to Barcelona and enjoy the expansive city views from atop Parc Guell and Montjuïc, wander down the colourful Las Ramblas or visit Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.
Between the vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture and the delicious food on offer, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy on a holiday to Barcelona, in the heart of Catalonia.
A quick bite in a tapas bar is the ideal way to pass the time until your evening dinner. And, you’ll find they’re very sociable places. However, the locals in Barcelona are quite fond of their own Catalan cuisine, so you’re more likely to find a traditional three-course meal. Barcelona is especially good for its seafood; we like El Suquet de l'Almirall for a top class dining experience – definitely try the cod fritters. The city is also proud to have over 20 different Michelin-starred restaurants, so you can indulge in style.
You’re sure to love the energy and excitement in Barcelona as it comes to life in the evenings. Head to La Rambla Boulevard, where street performers are ready to wow the crowds. As a bonus, there’s also an abundance of affordable bars in the streets nearby. If you’re looking to party, then acheap holiday to Barcelona won’t disappoint as there are a range of club nights on offer; Razzmatazz is one of the biggest and best clubs in the city, playing a huge variety of music as well as hosting live performances. Most clubs won’t open their doors until 1am, so get ready to party through the night.
Barcelona is renowned as a showcase for the work of its best loved architect, Antoni Gaudi. His magnum opus, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, shapes the Barcelona skyline with its striking towers and intricate facades. Go on a tour of Parc Güell and take in the vibrant mosaics while wandering around this beautiful garden. Stop by Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera (the quarry) to the locals because of its unusual, uneven stone surface. Be sure to head up to the rooftop terrace, where the chimney pots are styled like knights, in Gaudi’s unique fashion.
Get the most out of your holiday to Barcelona and immerse yourself in its culture. Visit the Picasso Museum for a comprehensive collection including some of the artist’s best works, or check out the Maritime Museum and experience life on a royal galley. Treat yourself at the Museum of Chocolate and admire the variety of displays crafted from chocolate. The artistically inclined will enjoy the Caixaforum art gallery, housed in a fantastic modernista building and home to a vast collection from ancient to contemporary artwork.
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