Cheap flights to Barcelona
If you're looking for a city that's got it all you couldn't do much better than choose the Catalan capital Barcelona, Spain's second city, and one that's bursting with life at every turn. Whether you’re looking for a party town, laid back beach resort, or a cultural oasis in which to lose yourself this city has activities to keep everyone happy.
Not many European cities steeped in culture can also boast beautiful beaches literally right on their doorsteps, but Barcelona is no average city. Explore out-of-this-world buildings courtesy of famous local architect Gaudi, head down to Las Ramblas to find crazy street performers and market stalls selling everything from fruit and flowers, to birds, bunnies and snakes in cages or join the bikini set at Barceloneta Beach, a 15-minute stroll out of town and finish your day enjoying nightlife to rival Paris or London. This city has it all.
Given Dia de Sant Jordi is upon us (see below), a bit of book hunting is in order. The atmospheric Llibreria Sant Jordi (41 Carrer de Ferran) peddles dusty second-hand tomes and seems to belong in a Carlos Ruiz Zafon novel, while the excellent Hibernian Books (17 Carrer del Montseny) serves English-speaking bibliophiles.
One for old-school romantics, Sant Jordi is Catalonia's patron saint. Sant Jordi day, on 23 April, is marked with the giving of gifts. Men should buy womenfolk a posy of flowers (head to Las Ramblas for a slew of stalls), while women should buy men a book.
The recently uncovered Roman ruins, underneath the former food market, have added another attraction to the charismatic district of El Borne. The back streets behind Santa Maria del Mar church reveal many a secret, night and day.
Situated in a leafy valley 50km outside of Barcelona, with its waterfall and Romanesque chapel, the abbey of Sant Miquel del Fai is a picturesque alternative to exploring the more famous (ie more touristy) site of Montserrat. Public transport is infrequent so it's best to hire a car.