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Book your Barcelona holiday with Travelbag for a city break like no other. Spend your mornings on the beach, your afternoons taking selfies next to Gaudí’s handiwork, and your evenings sipping sangria on Las Ramblas.

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Holidays in Barcelona

Barcelona city breaks offer what you’d expect from any major European metropolis – dramatic Gothic architecture, timeless traditions, and a high-flying football team. But it’s the beaches that launch Barcelona breaks into a league of their own. There are few other Mediterranean cities that have access to so much coastline. Spend your mornings down on the beach soaking up the sun, before returning to the city for tapas-laden tables and brimming pitchers of sangria. Take a walking tour of Barcelona to see the works of Antonio Gaudí and the Castell de Montjuïc – a fortress with roots dating back to the 17th century. After dark, Barcelona nightlife goes non-stop until the sun comes back up again. It’s best to start in the Las Ramblas area, where street performers ply their trade in the early evening, then move on to the Gothic Quarter and the backstreets of El Bron.

Things to do in Barcelona

Beaches

The beach-meets-city niche that Barcelona occupies makes it one of Europe’s most pleasurable holiday destinations. Some beaches are a quick ten minutes from the city centre, like the popular Beach Barceloneta. This place is known for its party atmosphere – think sarongs and sangria – and its seafood tapas dishes. But Barcelona is by no means a one-beach-wonder. There are miles of sands less than an hour from Barcelona city. Try Nova Icària and Bogatell, both complete with ping-pong tables and beach volleyball courts. Or go to kite-surfing hotspot, Castelldefels. On the opposite side of the city is peaceful Playa El Morer. Arrive in the early evening and order an Aperol spritz in one of the xiringuito bars, and wait for the sun to go down.

 

The Work of Gaudí

Golden child of the Modernisme era, Antoni Gaudí is best known for his posthumous Sagrada Família, projected to be completed by 2026, the centenary of his death. The basilica’s design reads like an architect’s fantasy. The blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles draw on naturalistic symbolism, decorated with recycled ceramics and integrated with a smattering of crafts. You’ll also spot wrought ironwork, stained glass windows, carpentry and plaster modelling. The self-supporting spires are a marvel of masonry, built from sandstone, granite and reinforced concrete. All of this and more has been dubbed Catalan Modernism. And that’s not all. The Gaudí houses spread throughout Barcelona, plus the archways and balconies of Parc Güell, are other good examples of his work.

 

Barcelona Hotels

Drawing on inspiration from the city's most famous architect and designer, Barcelona hotels are smartly kitted out with hip and harmonious interior designs and cool features like rooftop swimming pools that offer panoramic views. The Sofia Hotel sets the precedent with marble furnishings and warm wooden floors that set off the golden undertones. The spa is equipped with the usual sauna and steam room but also features rejuvenating salt treatment in its ‘salt cave’. The NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderon on Rambla Catalunya also boasts a rooftop swimming pool and is right in the thick of the notorious bars, clubs and fiestas of Rambla de Catalunya. The best places to stay in Barcelona aren’t necessarily in the popular, pricier Ramblas area. The Old Town that spreads to the east is full of cafes, galleries and cheap accommodation for a budget-friendly break to Barcelona.

 

Best time to visit Barcelona

The best time for cheap holidays to Barcelona is anytime except the May to August high season – this is when accommodation prices are at their peak. The shoulder season (mid-March through April and mid-September through October) is always a good time to go as the crowds have thinned out and rates of Barcelona hotels haven’t yet maxed out before/dropped off after the summer rush. Winter time is good for short breaks to Barcelona – the sights aren’t as jam packed and there’s time to tarry in cafes and churro bars rather than bouncing from one activity to the next. Beaches are most likely to cold at this time of year however, particularly on the northerly Costa Brava side where the tramontana winds blow.

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Why Travelbag?

Our travel experts know all the best things to do in Barcelona and can provide a range of resources for your getaway, from Barcelona tours to advice on the best districts to stay in. Our all-inclusive deals to Barcelona can be tailored to suit your taste and budget.

Travelbag’s Barcelona package holidays include everything from luxury hotels down near the beaches, to cool spaces in the Old Town, where the pedestrianised Las Ramblas stretches from Plaça Catalunya to the Mediterranean Sea.

Call our travel experts on 0203 139 7074 or visit one of our Travelbag shops to book your Barcelona holiday. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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