Cheap flights to Barcelona
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La Rambla | Barri Gòtic | Museu Picasso | Port Olímpic | Parc Güell |
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.
To the unwary foreigner Catalonia's Christmas traditions can seem a little bizarre. Firstly, there's the peasant who likes to poop in the nativity manger (look out for celebrity versions of Obama and Messi at the Xmas markets), and then there's Tio de Nadal, a log you beat with a stick until it deposits presents.
The aforementioned Casa de les Punxes (House of the Needles) opened its doors to the public for the first time in 2016 and is on a par with many of Gaudi's own when it comes to creativity. Visitors will discover wonderful ceramics, ironwork and stained glass windows and enjoy magnificent views over Barcelona from its rooftop. www.casadelespunxes.com
A day exploring Montjuic may necessitate a few extra calories for breakfast, but with treasures such as National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), the Magic Fountain, Joan Miro Foundation, the Olympic Stadium, Poble Espanyol and the castle to discover this sprawling hill is arguably the city's richest treasure chest.
Take the train (35 mins) to Sitges, the beautiful and hip coastal resort on the Costa Dorada, for the town's famously raucous Carnival celebrations (21st February to 1st March). Fancy dress is a must, but bear in mind you'll be outside most of the night, and it ain't Rio... Chewbacca could be a great choice.
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