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Captivating city breaks in Barcelona

Holidays in Barcelona are energetic and exciting. From the unparalleled cuisine to the superb shopping, vibrant nightlife and extraordinary Modernisme architecture. Combine days on the beach with culture and world-class sightseeing in this incredible destination.

Catalan gastronomy is a significant part of any city break in Barcelona and is an introduction to its heart and soul. Enjoy a laid-back three or four course lunch in a traditional restaurant, before discovering the inspired architecture that criss-crosses the beautiful cityscape. Explore iconic attractions as you go, stopping at the stunning Park Guell, celebrated La Sagrada Familia and lively La Rambla. Check out the sights and sounds of bustling Barcelona at night. Revel in the great bars, eat some world-class tapas and dance the night away. There is also plenty to discover beyond the city – combine flights to Barcelona with car hire and discover the resorts of the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada.

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Whether you want a cultural break, beach relaxation or vibrant nightlife – Barcelona will tick every box. Take a stroll along bustling La Rambla and gaze in wonder at Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, La Sagrada Famílía. Feast on tantalising tapas then mingle with the locals at a buzzing live music venue. Travel by hire car or train to Madrid and soak up the sights as you explore Spain’s vibrant capital. Admire treasured artworks in the Prado Museum and sample the city’s nocturnal energy.

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Barcelona is the city with everything – awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful beaches, excellent shopping and delectable dining. After admiring Gaudi’s architectural wonders, relax on golden sands in Port Olimpic. Sample exquisite Catalan cuisine accompanied with a glass of zesty Penedès wine. Then take a hire car or train to Italy’s fashion capital – Milan. Discover a shopping Mecca ranging from luxury stores to tucked away flea markets. Admire the neo-Gothic grandeur of the Cathedral. Then people-watch over coffee at a bohemian café in Brera.

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W Barcelona.

W Barcelona

Stay at the W Barcelona and pick up a ‘W’ picnic from reception, before heading out for an early morning stroll. Make the most of the quiet beach – in the height of summer it won’t be quiet for long. If you're feeling up to it, you can walk all the way to the Olympic Port from here.

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Parc de la Ciutadella.

Parc de la Ciutadella

If you only have time to visit one of the parks in Barcelona then Parc de la Ciutadella is less crowded than Parc Guell and is simply beautiful. You could lose yourself in this park all day – visiting the zoo, taking in the museums, strolling around the boating lake and stopping to look at the amazing statues, fountains and monuments. Find a spot to enjoy your picnic and watch a myriad of activities taking place in front of you from tightrope walkers, tai chi and meditation groups to people walking dogs and jogging.

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Tibidabo Mountain.

Tibidabo Mountain

Half the fun is getting here – catch the blue tram to the foothills of the Tibidabo Mountain and then take the funicular railway to the top. Carry on up to the church, found at its highest point 550 metres above sea level, for the most amazing views across every inch of Barcelona.

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Passeig de Gràcia.

Passeig de Gràcia

Along this beautiful boulevard, dotted with stunning Gaudi architecture, you'll find the best shopping in Barcelona with the likes of Chanel, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent sitting alongside high street shops such as Zara and Mango. If you notice a beautifully detailed pavement, look up and you're sure to be standing outside Casa Batllo – one of Gaudi’s most famous works. You can now tour inside the first floor, attic and terrace and it is definitely worth a peak. After a busy afternoon shopping stop for a signature gin cocktail at the newly opened Mandarin Oriental roof terrace. Drink in the views of the places you have been during the day.

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Magic Fountains.

Magic Fountains

Before heading to the fountains enjoy delicious tapas in Barramon on Carrer de Blai and request a seat on the terrace. Then head over to the unmissable Font Magica Montuic (Magic Fountains) for an amazing evening of events that will take you by surprise. The spectacular show of light, music and water will have you singing and dancing with your fellow spectators and cheering for more.

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Shopping holidays

Spend shopping breaks strolling along Barcelona’s shopping line, a 5km route that links Port Vell to Passeig de Gracia, Placa Catalunya and La Rambla. Head to El Corte Inglés department store – the city’s answer to Selfridges – or browse the exclusive designer stores that include Versace, Burberry and Cartier, to name but a few. Wander from shop to shop along the fully pedestrianised streets, browsing the latest Spanish trends in clothing and shoes, lots of shoes. Or absorb the bustling atmosphere of Barcelona’s markets as you search for bargains.

Foodie Holidays

Foodie Holidays

From exclusive Michelin starred bistros to quiet and unassuming tapas bars, foodie holidays in Barcelona will surpass your expectations. Local produce and goods are symbolic of the city's fine food. The Boqueria Market is situated at the heart of it all, on La Rambla, with its vibrant atmosphere and distinctive architectural design. Take a seat in a nearby restaurant to sample an ever-changing market-sourced menu. Dine al fresco at a seaside café, or side-street tavern to experience this bustling city at a more leisurely pace.

Art and culture holidays

Art and culture holidays

Museums, culture and art can be found throughout the city. You’ll find a broad range of art, both inside and out, from treasured 13th Century classics to cutting-edge design. Admire Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, Frank Gehry’s modern ‘Peix d'Or’ sculpture, or exquisite fine art at the Museu Picasso. Take a stroll through the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, and discover Bohemian hangouts in Raval. Visit the Textile Museum in El Born, or learn about the past, present and future of La Sagrada Familia in Eixample.

Family holidays.

Family holidays

There are plenty of things to do for families in Barcelona. Visit Tibidabo, the 100-year-old amusement park, with head-spinning rides and the famous Muntanya Russa rollercoaster. Take your children to the whimsical Park Guell, one of the most impressive public parks in the world. Made famous for its vibrant Gaudi architecture and artworks, a must-see in Barcelona. Head to Barcelona’s beaches for family fun in the sun. Or choose from the wide range of family-friendly attractions like the aquarium, the zoo in Parc de la Cuitadella, and the Camp Nou.


Beach holidays

Barcelona is a city open to the sea. The broad beaches of the Catalan capital are blessed with fine golden sand and shallow waters, making them appealing to both locals and tourists. You are never more than five minutes away from the city’s beautiful beaches, which are easily reached by public transport. Head to Icaria Beach on family holidays or lively Mar Bella Beach – which is popular with the younger crowd. Sant Sebastia is possibly Barcelona’s most emblematic beach, making it a hotspot for tourists and natives alike.

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