Where to stay in Barcelona
A seaside town with lively nightlife and significant culture
Barcelona has recently come to the world's attention as a wonderful choice for short breaks and getaways. This Spanish city has a great deal to offer all kinds of visitor, including couples and families. There's colourful nightlife and a great bar scene. There's a lot on offer for culture vultures, with works by artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso in the city's museums. Barcelona itself is architecturally significant, with many buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí scattered around the city. Barcelona has all the colour and charm of a confident Spanish city with weather that's usually reliable all year-round, making it a good choice for breaks at any time of the year.
During your Barcelona visit you can escape at any time to the sea, with many sea trips and beaches on offer in the area. Barcelona itself is a harbour, and offers a charming waterfront to hang out at. Although there is a cooler season, the city never really gets colder than light jacket weather and there's usually a blue sky, even in February. It's a good choice for off season breaks - especially at our exclusive prices.
A world-class food destination
If you're planning a night out, remember Spaniards go out late and many bars and night clubs won't get going until midnight. There are plenty of funky modern bars to choose from, as well as more old fashioned cava bars and dark little tapas bars down side streets. Barcelona is notable for its food scene and the Mercado de La Boqueria is considered one of the world's greatest food markets. Head here for some informal tapas, including fresh seafood.
One of Barcelona's top attractions is the Gaudi Cathedral, also known as La Sagrada Família. This huge project remains under construction, but it makes for an essential visit during any stay in the city. Tourists should also make a point of visiting La Rambla, the main shopping thoroughfare and a broad pedestrian boulevard that's terrific for people-watching. Make sure you visit the nearby bird market. A stroll along this major thoroughfare takes in some of the main cultural centres, theatres and points of architectural interest. This area offers a selection of luxury hotels for short breaks and getaways.
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