Barcelona Holidays

A city full of architectural gems

It’s a good thing the sun shines on Barcelona, as it’s likely you’ll spend more time admiring the brilliantly ornate exteriors of the city’s buildings than wandering around inside them. And with Antoni Gaudi’s unique architecture around every corner, who can blame you? That said, if you do need respite from the heat, the epic cathedral of the Sagrada Familia makes for an unmissable pitstop.

Barcelona holidays are perfect for those seeking a cultured getaway – the city features everything from bijou art galleries to ancient markets, where traders beckon with authentic dishes and antique treasures. It also pulsates with music when festival season hits, and even the parks are architectural masterpieces. But those looking to relax are catered for, too. Unwind with friends on one of the many sandy beaches or catch the funicular up the mighty Montjuic mountain, where you can enjoy sweeping vistas of this exceptional region.

And of course, holidays to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without a stroll up Las Ramblas before making the most of the city’s thriving restaurant scene. Whether you’re here to eat your weight in tapas, prop up the bar during ‘vermouth hour’ or to spend your days soaking up the city’s rich artistic heritage, it’s easy to see why visitors to the colourful Catalan capital struggle to put their cameras away.

All resorts in Barcelona

Exploring Barcelona

Three tips for a top trip

Head for the metro
Trams and buses might offer a more scenic way to travel, but for ease, speed and cheap fares, you can’t beat the efficiency of Barcelona’s metro system.
Cultural freebies
Time your visit to coincide with the first Sunday of the month and enjoy many of the city’s magnificent museums for free, including the Picasso Museum.
Reach for the rooftops
Some of the best views can be gleaned from the rooftop bars atop the city’s many stylish hotels – you don’t need to be a guest to access most of them.

Best attractions to see in Barcelona

Gaudi’s first project

For a quieter introduction to Gaudi’s architecture, visit Casa Vicens. His first work of art, this carefully restored house, is no less striking than the more well-trodden sites.

Botanical gardens

As well as revelling in the wide range of fabulous flora that thrives in its Mediterranean climate, this hilltop garden offers unparalleled views of the city.

Montjuic Magic Fountain

For a spectacular start to any evening in Barcelona, get front row seats to this multi-coloured fountain display set to Spanish classics and well-known film soundtracks.

Your Barcelona questions, answered

Barcelona’s famously wide, grid-like streets were designed to help ease traffic congestion, encourage air circulation and provide plenty of room for green spaces.

If you fancy soaking up the sun away from prying eyes or just want to escape the crowds, the laidback sands of Platja de la Mar Bella come with a naturist section.

The international airport El Prat is just 13 kilometres south of the city, which means you can be in the centre of Barcelona within 30 minutes.