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The balmy beachfront city of Barcelona oozes with quirky architecture, vivacious festivals and gastronomic highlights.
A holiday to Barcelona is the ideal hotspot for a flawless mix of style, culture and scenery. Once you arrive in Barcelona stroll the pathways of this eclectic city, wander past the iconic Sagrada Familia and people watch afternoons away on an outdoor terrace in the Gothic Quarter over plates of tantalising tapas. Your eyes will light up as you gaze at the street art in El Raval before you sip on a sangria in one of its bohemian bars.
Make your way to north of the Gràcia neighbourhood to see Gaudí’s Park Güell, perched on Carmel Hill. Soak up the sweeping views across the city and every drop of artistic flair. Ride the cable-car up to the top of Montjuïc for a captivating lookout over the Mediterranean Sea. When you’re ready for a change of scenery, amble from the top of Las Ramblas to reach the urban beachside of Barceloneta. Lounge around on the golden sands or hire a bicycle and ride along the shoreline promenade.
Foodies must-visit La Boqueria – the best tourist food market in Barcelona. Follow your nose on a trail of fresh seafood, local cured meats, traditional cheeses, sweet-scented fruits and plenty more produce. Visit the Alta Alella vineyard just outside of the city for a taste of local Cava and wine; it sits within the famed Catalonia wine region. Return to the city’s outskirts at nightfall and catch the atmospheric light and water show at The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.
Rooms leading to glistening rooftops, urban hotels with beach vibes and accommodation in Barcelona’s city centre. Whether you’re looking to stay close to the beach or need a hotel for the family, our Barcelona hotel guide has the hotel for you.
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Explore the different areas of Barcelona before you go with our neighbourhood guide. It includes tips for where to stay, where to eat and what to do, so you can choose how to make the most of your holiday. From the top cultural spots of La Eixample, to the charming atmosphere of Gràcia, our Barcelona travel guide has you covered.
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If you can pull yourself away from the rooftop terrace and pool, discover the nearby Ciutadella Park, Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia.
Best time to go
All year round
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