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.
Barcelona's Port Vell offers a cornucopia of tourist attractions, including a world-class aquarium, well-designed shopping centre, somewhat cranky cable car and the Catalan History Museum. marinaportvell.com
Epiphany (6 Jan), not Christmas, is when Catalans exchange gifts, and the fun starts on the day before with The Three Kings Parade (5 Jan). The wise men arrive in sensational garb under sail at Port Vell (usually around 4.30pm), where they collect letters from kids and distribute sweets before promenading around town, floats and all.
January is the perfect time to visit Barcelona's top billings without the high-season circus. Gaudi's crowning work, La Sagrada Familia, may not be finished yet (it's still missing a central spire), but its interior is now done, replete with majestic white pillars. Completely unique (401 Carrer de Mallorca, sagradafamilia.cat).
Home of a 5km-long beach, the region's best kitesurfing, the castle that gives the town its name and half of FC Barcelona's players, Castelldefels is a beautiful coastal resort just the other side of El Prat airport to Barcelona. You can get there in 20 minutes by train.
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