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Barcelona

Barcelona

Freddie Mercury put it this way: Barcelona, Like a Jewel in the Sun. It was a song entirely suited to a city that inspires passion and immense flights of imagination. Stand beneath the incomparable Sagrada Familia, the church that extraordinary architect Antoni Gaudí began working on in 1882 and remains a work in progress. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, rejoices in Art Nouveau architecture too but there are also Gothic masterpieces. Wander the Cathedral cloisters in the footsteps of the Knights of the Golden Fleece. Stroll La Rambla – an 18th century thoroughfare of flowers, trees, cafés, street artists and markets. Barcelona comes into its own at night – bars, clubs and restaurants range from the chic to the Bohemian.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN BARCELONA




Sagrada Familia SAGRADA FAMILIA

This giant stunning Basilica, one of Gaudí’s greatest creations, started in 1882, is unfinished and has been under construction ever since.

Ramblas LAS RAMBLAS
 

A wide avenue running 1.2 kilometres north from the waterfront. Famous for its street stalls where you can buy everything from lottery tickets to jewellery. Alive with buskers, living statues, mimes and the itinerant.

Gothic GOTHIC QUARTER
 

The nucleus of old Barcelona. It’s a maze of interconnecting streets linking squares. Lots of cafés and bars as well as home to Barcelona Cathedral.

Park Guell PARK GÜELL
 

A Mr Güell commissioned Gaudí to build this magical park for local aristocracy with its amazing buildings, sculptures and tile work. It’s fantastic to wander around, you’ll need half a day but it is worth it.

Montjuic MONTJUIC
 

This is a hill overlooking Barcelona and you can take the funicular up to the top. Why not go for a swim in the 1992 Olympic Games pool. It has some of the most stunning views overlooking the city.

Waterfront THE WATERFRONT
 

Before the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona cleaned up its waterfront area, tearing down old warehouses and buildings, replacing them with a fun esplanade and marina area which is a great spot for cycling or walking by day and dining by night.

Pedrera LA PEDRERA
 

Another Gaudí masterpiece – a combined apartment and office block which looks like it should be at Disneyland. You can tour the building and go up onto the roof. There is also a small museum dedicated to Gaudí’s work.

La Font LA FONT MÀGICA
 

In front of the Palau Nacional and not to be missed. You must go when it is dark for the best effect, it’s amazing and best of all it’s free. You can get a great view of the Palace, which is also illuminated at night.

La Boqueria LA BOQUERIA
 

Don’t miss the La Boqueria, one of Europe’s oldest food markets, crammed with seafood, fruit, vegetables and sweet treats. It’s best to visit the market early in the day to avoid the bustling crowds.

Spanish Cooking Class SPANISH COOKING CLASS
 

A definite highlight when travelling is experiencing the local food and drink. Expand your memories by discovering the secrets of Spanish traditional cuisine. Learn how to cook authentic typical dishes then reproduce them for your family and friends when you get back home.




BARCELONA ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in Barcelona, Spain.
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Hotel Atlantis by Atbcn
HOTEL ATLANTIS BY ATBCN
★★★
This little stunner is just a block away from Catalunya Square, Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Making your way through the maze of narrow streets and the throng of the crowds can sometimes be hard work. It’s nice to know that just a block away from all this revelry is the relative calm of the Atlantis..
Hotel Barcelona Center
HOTEL BARCELONA CENTER
★★★★
Perfectly positioned in the Eixample district, its many side streets are filled with busy residents going about their lives, so it’s in a great spot to immerse yourselves in all things Catalan. A 20 minute stroll will have you in and amongst all the top tourist locations like the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas.
Citadines las Ramblas
CITADINES LAS RAMBLAS
★★★★
Located on the famous and vibrant Las Ramblas, full of restaurants and bars - you couldn’t find a better location! Within easy reach to Plaça Catalunya and the historic old town, this recently refurbished aparthotel features self-catering studios and one bedroom apartments.
Olivia Balmes Hotel
OLIVIA BALMES
★★★★half star
Set in the heart of the Eixample district and just a stone’s throw from two of the most cosmopolitan avenues, Passeig de Gràcia and Ramblas de Catalunya, it’s the perfect spot from which to explore. The hotel is modern and stylishly decorated with heaps of natural light. You’ll love being able to relax here at the fantastic rooftop pool, in the courtyard or at the contemporary restaurant and bar.





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