With its distinctive, avant-garde architecture and sunny beaches, Barcelona is hard to mistake for any other city in Spain—or the world! The Mediterranean gateway is a prime example of new and old Europe coming together, and Barcelona holiday packages have tons of options for cultural exploration, fine dining and relaxation.
Few visitors finish Barcelona holidays without a trip to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. The sheer size and scope of architect Antoni Gaudí's famously unfinished work is enough to make it worth it, but if you want to splurge a little, you can pay to walk up the winding spires for great views of Barcelona. Missing the family pet? Head over to the Parc de la Ciutadella, where locals walk their dogs, and watch the local canines socialise. Oh, there are plenty of statues, fountains and sculptures for humans to enjoy, too. To really get to know the people and canines of Spain, you’ll need to explore beyond the city boundaries, so check out Wotif’s Barcelona car hire options.
Barcelona has shopping for every traveller, from handicrafts to bargains to the latest fashions. Check out Portal de l'Angel for high-end clothing and Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol for boutiques and artisan works. Oriol is often populated with an array of street musicians, artists and clairvoyants offering their services (see what the future of your trip has in store, if you dare!). The modern shopping centre Diagonal Mar has over 250 shops, and Las Ramblas has bookshops, flower stalls and cowboy boots. Check out Carrer del Call for unique jewellery and Spanish silver.
Retail therapy is all good, but dining in Barcelona is the real highlight. Lunch is typically served between 2 and 4 p.m. and dinner from 9 to 11 p.m. Most bars will serve tapas for free, and hey, it’s Spain—you need to try the tapas! For dinner, the neighbourhoods of Barri Gòtic and Barceloneta are home to both casual and fine dining options, so head that way.
There’s a reason Spain has siestas—everyone was up partying the night before! Barcelona packages offer plenty of vibrant after-hours activity, centred on Las Ramblas, where street entertainers and small pubs abound. There are also techno clubs and venues with live DJs for the younger set, and the Born district has laid-back cocktail bars for easy eating and drinking. In many parts of the city, you can experience live flamenco dancing and even practice your own moves—just make sure your friends aren’t filming.
Barcelona is a hub of European art, culture, history and entertainment—and of course, the all-important afternoon nap. There are few better places to indulge in great food and drink, or to just enjoy some peaceful moments under the sun—unless you book a Madrid package to pair with your time in Barcelona. Whether you want to sip sangria and party by night or just snooze on the beaches, you can be all set for the time of your life with just the click of a mouse.