Barcelona: sandwiched between the Mediterranean seaboard and the hills of Montjuic, this Spanish gem is widely held as one of Europe’s coolest cities (though not in the temperature sense!).
With over 4km of beaches within the city limits, plus vivacious nightlife, great food and fun people, Barcelona is a top city break destination.
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Why? Barcelona is the most amazing city, and the only city I have visited which I immediately wanted to book tickets to go back to. With the mix of amazing architecture, food, bars and even a beach what more could you want?
Stay: apartment on the Placa de Catalunya, which was great as the department store opposite had a food court, which meant that we could keep costs down by cooking a few meals while there.
Eat: any tapas bar in the old quarter, but be careful, it is very easy to lose hours in bars eating tapas and drinking Spanish beer!
Don’t Miss: pretty obvious, but for good reason the Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Also the Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, from the roof there are the most amazing views over Barcelona.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic, this is a light show at the fountains of Catalan Art Museum. It is only on at certain times; get there early to bag a good spot as it is always busy.
The Cathedral of Barcelona in the oldest quarter of the city (Ciutat Vella) is beautiful and very peaceful, but make sure that you have something to cover your shoulders or you won’t get in. Apart from that, just wander around the Ciutat Vella and soak up the architecture.
If you can’t get through a weekend without shopping, then head for Las Ramblas and the streets off it, where you’ll find some amazing boutiques with very funky clothes which are not too expensive.
If you really want to chill out, go in the summer and spend a day on the beach.
Do Miss: nothing! I can honestly say that I loved everything in Barcelona, apart from the Irish bars, (I’m from Northern Ireland) but that is standard for every city outside Ireland!
Top Tip: read the Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon before going; not only is this an amazing book but it brings to life the old quarter of Barcelona.
Also, be really careful with your bags, if you have to carry one with you make sure that there is nothing of value in it, leave all credit cards and passports at your accommodation, unfortunately theft and pick-pocketing is commonplace in Barcelona.
Fly to Barcelona from: all London airports, Belfast, Liverpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and many more airports.
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