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Barcelona

A holiday in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is sure to stimulate your senses. From the glorious Modernisme architecture to the tantalising tapas – mingle with locals and search through spectacular markets. Go to the beach and swim in the Mediterranean.

Stroll along the famous La Rambla, where street performers and artists entertain the tourist crowds. Admire the unbelievable architecture which snakes through the city, especially Gaudi’s spellbinding designs. Walk through the mysterious alleyways barrio of La Ribera and the hip El Born, which provide a great contrast to the busy city centre. Sample some delicious Basque pintxo and soak up the atmosphere at La Boqueria market – where dazzling displays of fruit and sweets captivate your imagination. Barcelona reflects many generations of art, culture and heritage, but is also a trendsetter of European fashions and music scenes. Barcelona is a city with so much going on, that you will have to come back time and again.

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Catalonian music and culture festivals

As one of the coolest cities in Europe, you expect Barcelona to have some of the coolest festivals. It will not disappoint. Starting 1  to 31 July, the Grec Festival is a cultural highlight. Taking its name from the open-air Grec Theatre, the festival highlights Catalonia’s home-grown talent – music, dance and theatre all over the city. During this time, the Benicassim International Festival sees Blur, Florence + The Machine and Public Enemy headlining from 16 to 19 July in Benicassim Town, 100km south of Barcelona. This is one of the most respected festivals in Europe, so expect a lot of fun in the sun.

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Carefully chosen city breaks

Barcelona areas guide

Explore Barcelona city and beyond

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The ultimate city beach break, combine culture and sunshine in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital. A vibrant destination that boasts world-class architecture, cosmopolitan shopping areas and a buzzing dining and nightlife scene. Each neighbourhood has its own personality, style and heritage - so take the time to explore each one and soak up its individual charm. Combine days of sightseeing with an afternoon at the beach, or a leisurely tapas lunch on the water’s edge at Port Olimpic.

Costa Brava Girona.

Combine the exciting culture of the city with picturesque Spanish towns and the rugged coves of the coastline on holidays in Costa Brava. Close to Barcelona, midway between the sea and mountains – you’ll find the beautiful town of Girona. In the historic quarter, colourful arcaded houses line the eastern bank of the river Ter. Whereas to the west, you’ll discover elegant avenues, which are lined with boutiques and cafes.

Sitges and Tarragona.

Sitges is a seaside town with a flamboyant character. Combining history and heritage with a vibrant party scene, it’s hard to resist the charm of this popular Spanish resort. Visit during the summer months, when the sandy beaches host parties that rival Ibiza. The port city of Tarragona presents an exciting mix of beach life and cultural attractions. Bursting with history, this captivating old-Roman town still entices people with its ancient ruins, seaside amphitheatre and cobbled medieval alleyways.

Port Aventura.

South of Barcelona, you’ll find the Costa Dorada’s PortAventura theme park and resorts. Split into six worlds, this popular attraction includes exhilarating rides, incredible entertainment and even a water park - the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. For the full experience choose to stay at one of PortAventura’s hotels – Caribbean-themed Hotel Caribe, western-inspired Hotel Gold Riviera, Mediterranean-style village resort Hotel PortAventura or the luxurious Victorian retreat, Lucy’s Mansion.

Barcelona weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 13°Jan
  • 14°Feb
  • 15°Mar
  • 17°Apr
  • 20°May
  • 24°Jun
  • 27°Jul
  • 27°Aug
  • 25°Sep
  • 21°Oct
  • 16°Nov
  • 14°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 41
  • 29
  • 42
  • 49
  • 59
  • 42
  • 20
  • 61
  • 85
  • 91
  • 58
  • 51
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 9
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5

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