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Barcelona City Breaks

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Destination If you’re seeking culture, art, food and history, then Barcelona is the place for you this year! Set on the east coast of Spain, Barcelona boasts some fantastic beaches like the Barceloneta, named the third best beach in the world. There’s plenty of interesting architecture which you must see during your stay – Gaudi’s world renowned Sagrada Familia is a majestic cathedral reaching high into the skyline. Make sure you also head to Guell Park, one of the most impressive and unique public garden parks in the world. And if you’re a sporting fanatic, don’t miss this opportunity to take a stadium tour of the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona FC. Find out about the club’s history as you take in this fantastic venue. In addition, there are plenty friendly places to eat and drink and you’ll see the city really come alive in the evening. Choose from many bars, restaurants and cafés and enjoy some of the local dishes. If you fancy a day out of the main city centre then you could visit PortAventura theme park, one of the best parks in Europe and only about an hour away from Barcelona.
For Singles

When: We suggest you visit in early April to make the most of the smaller crowds and the warm sun.

Where: Stay in the centre of the main tourist area so you’re just a short walk from everything.

Why: There’s so much to do in this fantastic city, you’ll never want to leave! Plan a detailed itinerary and tick off everywhere you’ve dreamed of visiting.

For Groups

When: Head out in June when school’s out. The weather will be perfect for relaxing on the beach and working on that holiday tan but not too hot to forget about exploring!

Where: Book a Barcelona hotel in the historic quarter of the city, so you’re not far from the beach and the city’s main shops. The main nightlife will also be close by.

Why: The food, the nightlife, the locals – there’s plenty happening in Barcelona and you can dive right into the middle of the action!

For Couples

When: Try September to November time in order to avoid the largest crowds and enjoy a bit more privacy.

Where: Stay in a luxury Barcelona hotel in the heart of the city. There’s lots of accommodation with fantastic facilities to help make your getaway as relaxing as possible.

Why: Barcelona has an amazing, romantic atmosphere and is the perfect place to enjoy candlelit dinners, leisurely beach strolls and a few quiet drinks.

For Families

When: During the Easter or summer holidays are probably the best times, when the city expects most of its tourists.

Where: You could stay in the quieter quarter of Barcelona for a little more privacy as there are plenty of public transport facilities nearby. However, if you’d prefer to be in the middle of the action, book an apartment in the centre.

Why: You might often put the words sightseeing and boring together. But not in Barcelona! The city is exciting and unlike any other, which is why it’s always a popular family holiday destination.

Weather With highs of 28°C in the summer months, Barcelona has a warm but not scorching climate. Escape the disappointing British summer and find some sun in this marvellous city. Just watch out for the slightly humid climate in August, but don’t let this put you off as it’s not clammy enough to stop you exploring! We suggest you plan some indoor activities, especially if you’re visiting in the earlier and latter parts of the year – although you are unlikely to have as much rain as back at home!
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What to expectMake sure you’ve got your pocket guide book or you’ve planned a detailed itinerary, as you won’t want to miss a second in this fabulous city! Keep your camera charged up so that you can snap some of your favourite places and moments. There are golden beaches just a short distance from the city, so if you plan to spend a day at the seaside, don’t forget your sunhat! For some stunning scenery, take a trip to Poble Espanol via the cable car to see part of the city from a different angle. There are also endless choices of restaurants, a fantastically lively nightlife from bars to theatres and plenty of stylish shops for you to browse around. Don’t splash all your cash on bargains though - be sure to save some for a delicious meal or two!AttractionsThere’s so much to do in this magnificent city that it’s difficult to know where to start! Start by ticking off the main attractions like the Sagrada Familia, Guell Park and the Picasso museum. Visit El Born to discover some of the city’s most interesting bars, restaurants and boutiques, and join in with the marvellous nightlife. Furthermore, the city has plenty of museums and galleries which can be just as interesting for the children as the adults! From the Catalonian museum and the Joan Miro gallery to the Barcelona FC museum there’s something to suit everyone. There’s even a Chocolate Museum with edible tickets! We definitely recommend you take a walk along Las Ramblas, a long stretch of open-air cafés, shops and much more cutting through the heart of the city. In the evenings the street comes alive with artists, street sellers and live music – head to Las Ramblas after a busy day of sightseeing. Just watch out for pickpockets as in any large city and keep your valuables close. We also suggest if you’re going to eat out in the city, avoid restaurants and cafés in the main tourist areas where the prices are much higher.
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