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
Just outside Barcelona, Sitges is host to one of the liveliest Carnivals in Europe. Starting on 10 February (until 18 February), trainloads of revellers in fancy dress will arrive daily to party like there's no "mañana". Key dates are the Debauchery Parade (15th) and the Extermination Parade (17th).
Now that Gaudi's Park Guell charges an entrance fee, the budget-savvy wayfarer might prefer a walk in the wooded Parc del Guinardo. The views over the city are even better (1-13 Calle Garriga i Roca).
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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