European city breaks in Barcelona are a flamboyant and fascinating mix. Bathed in the endless Mediterranean sunshine, Barcelona is home to the splendour of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, the golden beaches of Port Olimpica, and the lively Las Ramblas. If that wasn't enough, just an hour from Barcelona you'll find the adrenaline-packed Ferrari Land attraction. Part of PortAventura World, Ferrari Land promises a fantastic experience for all the family, inspired by the iconic Italian supercar! Barcelona package city breaks are a treat for all ages.
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History buffs – Barcelona’s elegant architecture and historic art galleries are bliss for anyone seeking insights into Barcelona’s past.
Food lovers – Barcelona’s restaurants are everywhere, and filled with wonderful seafood, stews, spiced sausages, and rich sauces.
Families – Children will adore Barcelona’s many parks, the giant science museum CosmoCaixa, and the aquarium.
At the centre of the city, Las Ramblas offers guests access to the heart of all that Barcelona offers. Art galleries, famous landmarks, street performers, enticing restaurants, and trendy cafes can all be enjoyed throughout the area. The architecture in Las Ramblas is beautiful – especially when you look one or two storeys above the main outlets. The piquant foods of La Boqueria Market make for an appetising afternoon stroll, and the Centre d’Art Santa Monica is a lovely art gallery packed with enchanting exhibitions.
In the Gothic Quarter, known locally as the Barrio Gòtico, you’ll find an area that combines history with contemporary style. The city’s Roman temple and its 13th-15th century Gothic Cathedral contrast to independent boutiques and family-run cafes they stand beside. Placa Reial is an attractive plaza perfect for people-watching over a coffee, before later waking up to become a busy, bubbly nightspot.
Must visit – Barcelona is the perfect holiday spot for historians, families, art lovers, couples, groups, and foodies – in fact, there’s something for everyone! For kids, there’s the Tibidabo Amusement Park and the Barcelona Chocolate Museum; for culture vultures there’s the Gothic Cathedral and Montjuic Castle; for lovers there are rooftop bars and the gorgeous Park Guell public parks; and for food fans there is the restaurant-filled area of Carrer d’En Gignas. Barcelona is a beautiful city of variety and fun.
Family fun – Barcelona has it all, and is a sure fire family city break winner! Once younger family members start exploring, you’ll be hard put to keep up with them. A year-round holiday destination, Barcelona offers an exceptional number of family-friendly hotels near the attractive, bustling harbour of Port Vell, with easy access to the beaches. Compact and easy to navigate on foot, the city is a popular port-of-call for Mediterranean cruises, with an excellent public transport system. Even short weekend breaks will offer an abundance of sightseeing opportunities.
Natural attractions – Barcelona is blessed with being located on the shores of the Mediterranean. With glorious golden sandy beaches offering the perfect place to wind down and relax after a busy day or two sightseeing, as well as lively watersports for the more adventurous. But the famously picturesque coastline isn’t the only naturally beautiful part of Barcelona’s environment. There are also gardens and parks to explore, like the Jardí Botànic which provides a colourful rainbow of flowers and plants, and the Laberint d’Horta which are the oldest public gardens in the city. Carretera de les Aigues is a long footpath offering views of both the city and its gorgeous surroundings.
Culture and history – All short breaks in Barcelona should include a trip to see the 14th century Gothic Quarter. The magnificent cathedral of La Seu was the inspiration for Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. A walking tour of Gaudi’s Barcelona makes for an incredibly informative day out, including as it does sights like the Guell sculpture park and the ornate Casa Batllo. Barcelona is a city infused with unmissable views that offer insights into its religious, cultural, and architectural past.
Food and drink – The vibrant tree-lined boulevard of Las Ramblas offers an abundance of restaurants and shops, as well as the best street market in Spain. Cheap Barcelona city breaks are infused with Catalan flavours and colours. Cured meats, richly-flavoured Catalan or seafood stew, salt cod salads – the Catalan cuisine is heaven for carnivores. Sangria remains popular across Spain, but if you want to drink something more local, try the subtly different tinto de verano. Other popular areas to eat include Eixample, El Raval, Barceloneta, and Ciutat Vella.
Night life – Nightlife in Barcelona is varied and exciting, with plenty of places for those looking instead for something more sophisticated and less frantic. Las Ramblas is always a great place to start – particularly if you are unfamiliar with the city – while the Gothic Quarter is waiting, with its cocktail bars and cheeky night spots offering style and sass, if you prefer a change of scene. El Born is a trendier place for a tipple or two, and Raval provides the edgier entertainment.