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Barcelona. The quirky and cool Capital of Catalunya and Spain’s second city is a visual delight and has an atmosphere that combines elegance and sophistication with provincial charm. In exploring its streets you’ll discover medieval romance in its Gothic quarter and the awe-inspiring delights of the fantastic and sometimes outrageous Art Nouveau architecture of Gaudi and his contemporaries. Quirky and cool, modern and medieval.
A Barcelona City Break is a shoppers paradise, with a real flair for style. reflected in its numerous boutiques and markets, open late into the afternoons. As the sun sets, and the city’s many bars and restaurants open, the night comes alive. Dinner is served at any time between nine o’clock and midnight, and the festivities around the bars and nightclubs carry on well into the early hours of the morning.
With the beaches of the Costa Brava to the North and the Costa Dorada to the South, you can combine a visit to this fascinating city with time spent relaxing in the warm Mediterranean sunshine. The coast is dotted with popular resort towns, many retaining their age-old charm, which can be easily reached from the city.
Millington Travel’s top ten things to do in Barcelona
- Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece dominates the skyline.
- Las Ramblas Stroll this famous street in the evening and soak up the atmosphere as the locals take to the streets.
- Camp Nou. Home of FC Barcelona. A tour is a treat for all whether you’re a football fan or not.
- Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. This feature fountain bursts into life each evening. Best of all, it’s free to view!
- National Museum of Art. Filled with Catalan and Spanish Art, and affording visitors superb views of the city.
- Gothic Quarter Lose yourself and forget you are in the 21st century. A maze of plazas and tiny streets.
- Picasso Museum. Pablo Picasso spent his formative years in Barcelona. Here is the largest collection of his early works.
- Gothic Cathedral. This one is finished! Do a full lap you’ll see streets and squares most visitors miss.
- Placa Real. Barcelona’s most famous square. It’s expensive, so sip that wine slowly, relax and watch the world go by.
- Hit the beach! Grab a day bag, and hop on the train to Salou or Lloret de Mar.