Barcelona Travel Guide

Barcelona Travel Guide

For Your Barcelona City Break!

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Barcelona is  one of the most popular destinations in the world. Situated on the east coast of Spain, it’s the ideal location for a city break with stunning beaches just a few minutes walk from the city center.

Overflowing with history, culture and the amazing modernist buildings of  Antoni Gaudi, this lovely city has everything you dream of and more.

Barcelona travel guideAccommodation ranges from affordable hostels, apartmentsbudget style hotels to  romantic hotels in the city or by the beach.

The waterfront and port are within easy walking distance of the Old Town where the narrow winding streets lead off onto Las Ramblas and Placa Catalunya.

barceloneta beach barcelonaBarceloneta has a stunning waterfront full of restaurants stretching from Port Vel (old port) to Port Olimpic.

The popular sea-side resort of Sitges is just 40mins from Barcelona on the Costa Dorada. To the north of Barcelona is the Costa Brava and the popular beaches of Tossa del Mar.

Further north and just an hour from Barcelona is the lovely  town of Begur which is easy to reach from Girona airport.

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Barcelona Old Town

placadelreialgothicquarterVisit the Ciutat Vella the old quarter of Barcelona. Stroll along the famous tree-lined La Rambla with its many flower stalls. Be amazed at the street entertainers and visit  La Boqueria market close to the bohemian district of El Raval.

On the opposite side of La Rambla, is the medieval Barri Gòtic and popular barrios of El Born and Barceloneta next to the sea  ( see Barcelona Districts).

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Shopping in Barcelona

passeig de graciaFor those who enjoy shopping the streets of Barcelona Spain are full of trendy shops and boutiques.

The Passeig de Gracia is where all the top designer shops and fashionable shops are located close to the famous buildings of Gaudi.  There’s even a shopping bus to help you on your way.

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Romantic Barcelona

barcelonamagicfountainABarcelona is one of the most romantic cities in the world and on 23 April it is lovers day. Gifts are exchanged by loved ones and street corners are overflowing with flowers and books which are the gifts chosen for this special day.  It is also St George’s (Sant Jordi)  day – patron saint of Catalonia.

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Barcelona Restaurants

lagavina restaurant barcelonaThe streets and squares are lined with mouth-watering food in restaurants and bars.

There are many lovely restaurants where you can sample Catalan and international cuisine and many tapas bars in the city or next to the beach. You can even book your favorite restaurant online.

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Things To Do

montjuic, barcelonaThere are many fantastic festivals  and one of the best is the week long festival of La Merce held every year in September.

This is one of the biggest festivals in Spain.  Book well in advance as accommodation gets full very quickly.

A cultural tour is a great way to get to know the city and you can visit top Gaudi attractions such as  Sagrada Familia.  Or you can see this magical city from on top of a bus.


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Football in Barcelona

fc barcelona shop in placa catalunyaIf you’re a football fan you can visit the Stadio Nou Camp (New Stadium) and watch fc play live or take a tour of Nou Camp and visit the museum.

There’s also the official FC Botiga (Official Store) in Placa de Catalunya.

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Barcelona Ferries & Mediterranean Cruises

balearic ferryBarcelona is home to one of the most important ports in Spain where many luxury cruise ships stop.

There are daily ferries to the nearby Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and many other places such as Genoa in Italy.

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