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Taxi: 20 £GBP (25 min)
Bus: 2 £GBP (30 min)
Shuttle: 3 £GBP (30 min)
The stunning city of Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast of northern Spain, and is packed full of wonderful Catalonian culture and charm. Enjoy the feeling sand between your toes before filling your phone or camera with snaps of the city’s many sights and, in turn, filling your stomach at one of its fantastic restaurants. Barcelona is a genuine tourism heavyweight, and with very good reason, but it manages to retains an authentic and traditional feel making it an unbeatable combination for Barcelona holidays.
Paddle in the sea from one of Barcelona’s beautiful beaches, which can be enjoyed from March through to November. Take a wander along the lengthy boardwalk alongside the sand, and take a break for coffee and a spot of people watching. Once you have recharged your batteries, head to La Rambla and then the Gothic Quarter for the lively atmosphere, a range of boutique shops and a lesson in history.
To sample Barcelona’s culture head to the city’s incredible gothic cathedral, Picasso-dedicated museum, or contemporary art museum. Shop as the locals do at the Mercat de la Boqueria, and be sure you do not miss the incredible La Sagrada Familia basilica. A large part of the culture of the city culture is the champion Barcelona football team, who are based at the famed 100,000-seat Camp Nou stadium.
Despite the modern feel to the city and the constant influx of visitors Barcelona has retained its Catalonian roots. Tourism really took off after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, however you can still experience the city’s tradition during your Barcelona holidays by dining in eateries serving up sumptuous Catalonian cuisine, check out well-preserved medieval buildings, or spend an afternoon at the amazing Park Güell.
As a Mediterranean coastal city, Barcelona possesses, naturally, a Mediterranean climate. In the months of summer the weather is dominated by the Azores high. It is warm or quite hot and dry in summer. Average summer temperatures hover around 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit). July and August are the hottest months.
In the winter months, after the Azores high has moved southwards, winds from the west with a slightly more rain prevails in the Mediterranean. However, Barcelona enjoys more of a microclimate as it is protected from the cold winds that commonly come from the Pyrenees across the Catalonia region by the mountains. As a result, temperatures in the city rarely fall below 0 degrees Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) in winter. Daytime temperatures in winter are about 13 degrees Celsius (55 Fahrenheit) on average.
Visitors on holidays to Barcelona looking to don their hiking boots should make their way to Mountjuic Mountain. While, it takes a bit of effort to climb up there, you will be rewarded with spectacular views in natural surroundings. You will also find structures from the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and the Olympic stadium.
Barcelona offers a broad range of retail therapy experiences, whether you want to browse gorgeous boutiques or lose yourself in the bustling markets. Begin with Via Laietana, here you will discover top retailers selling high-end accessories and clothing. Meanwhile, El Raval is the home of a variety of vintage shops, and the district of Born-Ribera is the ideal place to net yourself a bargain. Take a breather later to refuel by gorging on Spanish street tapas at the La Bouqueria market, and soak up its lively atmosphere.
The nightlife in Barcelona is famous worldwide and you will find plenty of activities to keep you entertained after the sun sets. Every district has something different on offer, whether you are wanting to quietly sip on a drink or have the energy to dance until sun up. Head to the Gothic Quarter for its classy cocktail lounges or cheerful and cheap bars. Or, wait until later in the evening to experience the nightlife as the locals do – they can usually be found hanging out in the fashionable areas of El Born and El Raval.
Barcelona’s art scene is well-documented and the city is packed with stunning architecture and a large number of art galleries. There is also some amazing street art to be found on Barcelona holidays. Head to El born and La Barceloneta to view surrealist artwork, especially at the Picasso Museum – home to a vast collection.
With its various street and landscapes and multitude of things to keep tourists occupied, it is unlikely you won’t find something in Barcelona to see or do that appeals to your interests. Fans of football will be in their element on a visit to Camp Nou, the home ground of Barcelona FC.
If you would rather soak up the sun in the great outdoors and take in some stunning artwork, you should go to the iconic Park Guell. It represents one of Gaudi’s most famous works and is a great place for a quiet stroll.
Barcelona’s enduring popularity means getting a hotel vacancy any time of the year can prove difficult, meaning it always a good idea to book well in advance. There is a broad range of options from youth hostels and budget pensións to glamorous five-star or more hotels. They are housed in refurbished medieval mansions and Modernista-style masterpieces alike.
In terms of where to stay on Barcelona holidays the majority of first time visitors and tourists choose to stay in Barcelona’s four central city areas. The most popular are:
● In the Barcelona city center near the central square Plaça de Catalunya, located between Ciutat Vella and Eixample, so if you choose to stay here it is convenient for nearby attractions, buses, trains and tours, so understandably it is popular.
● The 19th century modernist-style Eixample district.
● The medieval historic area of the Ciutat Vella district with its charming maze of narrow streets.
● The beach area neighborhoods of the former industrial district of Sant Marti.
Like most cities the central and most popular areas are usually more expensive, more crowded and more tourist-filled. For cheap holidays to Barcelona, big savings can be had by staying in the less popular, more residential districts of the city.
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The best time of year to travel for holidays to Barcelona depends on what you are interested in: the city is beautiful for sitting outside in spring and summer, the museums, galleries and other attractions can be visited year-round.
A Barcelona beach holiday is brilliant from late June through to mid-September. For going out anytime is in-season.
The heat means that in summer Barcelona is a quieter, but the city is at full-capacity around September 24 for the annual festival (La Mercè), in winter it can rain occasionally and is a little cooler.
A flight is by far the quickest, easiest and likely the cheapest way of getting to Catalonia’s capital. A flight from London takes about two hours. The city of Barcelona is served by three main airports: Barcelona (El Prat de Llobregat), Rues and Girona as well as the regional airport of Lleida-Alguare.
Barcelona enjoys direct rail links with a number of European cities, including Paris, Milan and Zurich, with high-speed trains running to Madrid, and to Spain’s south and east.
There is a perception of Barcelona being an expensive destination, well, it is and it isn’t. The prices you pay in Barcelona are fairly consistent with European averages and there are suitable offers for every budget.
On Barcelona holidays you can opt to stay in luxury hotels and dine in Michelin-awarded restaurants, but there are plenty of good mid-range hotels and eating delicious food is still possible on a very low budget.
Very often in Barcelona you will find and luxury prices and cheap rates can be only a few meters apart.
Barcelona – Spain’s second largest city – sets the benchmark for stylish urbanism, chic design and absolute nonstop energy. Time and time again Barcelona manages to reinvent itself where other cities just tinker at the edges. Visit this dynamic for the first time or the 20th, Barcelona almost never fails to offer something new.
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