Holidays to Barcelona

Holidays to Barcelona

One of the biggest and most vibrant cities in Europe, Barcelona is a holiday destination par excellence. Soft golden sand beaches are perfect for families or those who just want to lie back and soak up the sun. The lively harbour is full of great cafes and intriguing little shops, and you'll find high-end fashion boutiques in the city centre. At night, its famous bar and tapas culture makes everyone feel welcome with live music and delicious food and drink. 

Barcelona's architecture is admired worldwide, with buildings like Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batllo, the Casa Mila  and the Palau de la Musica Catalana all declared World Heritage Sites. You don't need to visit the galleries to see world class art, but can simply take a stroll through the Park Guell, which was designed by Gaudi. With impressive museums to explore as well, the one thing you won't have is enough time to see everything.

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Barcelona Travel Information

There are direct flights to Barcelona from various airports in the UK including London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

  • Currency: Euro 
  • Time difference: GMT+2 
  • Flight from UK: 2 hours 
  • Visa: Not required for UK passport holders 
  • Language: Spanish and Catalan 
  • National drink: Sangria 
  • National dish: Tapas

Travel Tips & Advice for Barcelona

Barcelona Activities

Immerse yourself in this Mediterranean city as you stroll, shop and visit the markets on La Rambla, the city’s most famous boulevard. Football fan? Then the Camp Nou Experience is a must – you’ll get to tour the pitch, commentary box and visitor’s changing rooms at the stadium. Ride the cable car to the top of Montjuïc for elevated views, hit the sands of one of the seven beaches or go beyond the city limits to Montserrat, a monastery atop a hill with a boys’ choir singing mass every day.

Barcelona Food & Drink

Barcelona has a world –class drinking and dining scene where the emphasis is placed on using simple ingredients packed full of flavour and showcasing Catalan cuisine. Do as the locals do and buy bread, cheese and a bottle of wine and head to the park for a picnic and taste your way round the city’s tapas bars. Many places will have a ‘menu del dia’ at lunchtime that’s inexpensive and sure to tide you over until dinner – restaurants often don’t open until 8.30PM!

Barcelona Attractions

Come to Barcelona and in no time at all you see the mark that Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí left on the city from his family un-finished cathedral, the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló, an apartment block remodelled by Gaudí in 1900 to Park Güell with its colourful tiled bench. But the city has so much more to discover: see one of the most extensive collections of work by Picasso at the Museu Picasso or visit Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya for a sense of the region’s history and art.

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