If you're looking for a city break - short or long - Barcelona should be at the top of your list. This thriving Spanish metropolis is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, with temperatures rarely dropping below around six degrees C in the winter and averaging 26 degrees C in the height of summer.
What makes Barcelona such a delight to explore is its seamless blend of new and old. The historical quarters of the city are a fascinating network of narrow streets lined by beautiful buildings, while the modern districts are everything you'd expect from a vibrant and thriving city with a very cosmopolitan atmosphere - and with flights to Barcelona from London taking just under two hours it's very convenient to reach from the UK.
Top attractions in Barcelona
There is a lot to see and do in Barcelona, so the following is far from an extensive list, but it should be enough to give you an idea of the many amazing attractions the city is home to.
The works of Antoni Gaudi - The famous Spanish architect created some stunning buildings in Barcelona, including his best known work, the Sagrada Familia (which has yet to be finished). Seven of his monuments are classed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Parque Guell, Casa Vicens, Casa Batllo and the crypt in Colonia Guell.
Palau de la Musica Catalana - Antoni Gaudi wasn't the only talented architect to contribute to Barcelona's stunning skyline, with Lluis Domenech i Montaner creating his own masterpieces. The Palau de la Musica Catalana is one of two buildings designed by the architect (the other being Hospital de San Pau) that have become UNESCO World Heritage sites.
La Barceloneta beach - As Barcelona is on the coast, it is home to some wonderful beaches. We've singled out just one - La Barceloneta. This strip of golden sand runs alongside the city and the sea tends to be calm, making it great for swimming (especially in the summer).
La Rambla - Whether you're keen for some retail therapy or just want to do a spot of window shopping, La Rambla is the place to come. This boulevard is home to all manner of stores, as well as the famous La Boqueria Food Market.
Things to do in Barcelona
As well as being a great place for a cultural city break, Barcelona is also excellent if you're looking for an active holiday in Spain. Plenty of water sports are on offer at the city's beaches, including sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving, so there are lots of activities for water babies to enjoy.
For those who prefer to spend their days on dry land, there are various other things to try. One sport that's very popular in Spain is golf and this is no different in Barcelona, where there are numerous courses both in the city and in the surrounding area. Club de Golf Barcelona is just one option, where there's a demanding 18-hole course, as well as a driving range, putting green and a high-end clubhouse.
Other sports you can have a go at while on holiday in Barcelona include cycling, hang gliding, paragliding and hiking, with nearby locations such as Costa del Garraf and the Catalan Pyrenees providing a beautiful backdrop for any active outdoor pursuits.
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