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.
Long doughy treats covered in sugar and dipped in hot chocolate, "churros" are not a weight-watcher's best friend but taste particularly delicious on a cold January day. There are many cafes and churrerias around town, including several on Petritxol Street.
Looking for a surreal way to mark your Barcelona travels? How about Europe (of "Final Countdown" fame) in concert at Sant Jordi Club, on 29 March? The venue is up on Montjuic, just near the Olympic Stadium (Passeig Olímpic).
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.