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.
If you're hunting for cerebral souvenirs, head over to the Paella Showroom art gallery/bookshop/vintage fashion boutique. Rotating exhibits are for sale, as are gorgeous tomes on Barcelona's art and architecture. Hipsters will also enjoy browsing the unique threads by local designers (2 Placa Vicenc Martorell).
This is every indie muso hipster's favourite month as festival behemoth Primavera Sound rocks and rolls into town (22-26 May). Blur headline, while pioneering bands like Hot Chip, The Knife, Grizzly Bear and The Postal Service ably support. primaverasound.com
For most of last century Poblenou was a decaying relic of the industrial era. Now this huge central district is the home of start-ups, parks galore and several city beaches. Explore by bike and stop off on La Rambla del Poblenou for tapas.
Famous for its locally caught prawns, Palamos is a good-looking port town with three great beaches, a fishing museum and a lighthouse overlooking the Mediterranean. Hire a car and make a day of it. The drive should take around 90 minutes.