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Whether you’re in town for Barcelona’s impressive structures – Sagrada Familia or Camp Nou, you’ll want to pop by some of the city’s other memorable sights too. Here, we could start listing Gothic architecture, Roman walls and some sort of UNESCO World Heritage rundown. But you’re too Google-savvy for that. No, we’ll point you towards achingly cool coffee shops or Barcelona tattoo artists that can do incredible things with ink. Because this is the stuff that makes or breaks, well… a city break. Antoni Gaudi may well have littered Barcelona with some showstopping landmarks – but if your baristas can’t rustle up a more than passable espresso, we’re just not interested.

Too much? Perhaps, but Barcelona’s a city you’ll want to be caffeinated in. Not least because there’s so much to see – but the coffee is on point too. Yes, you’re likely to spot a flamenco dancer or two, and eat more than your fair share of tapas. But this IS Spain. And, though it sounds stereotypical, these really are staples of everyday life. It just happens that in Barcelona, Spain’s heritage is nicely balanced with a plethora of  Michelin-starred eateries and a grand selection of spas. Don’t forget the fiestas, siestas and a little beach life. As coastal cities go, Barcelona’s a corker.

Barcelona

Whether you’re in town for Barcelona’s impressive structures – Sagrada Familia or Camp Nou, you’ll want to pop by some of the city’s other memorable sights too. Here, we could start listing Gothic architecture, Roman walls and some sort of UNESCO World Heritage rundown. But you’re too Google-savvy for that. No, we’ll point you towards achingly cool coffee shops or Barcelona tattoo artists that can do incredible things with ink. Because this is the stuff that makes or breaks, well… a city break. Antoni Gaudi may well have littered Barcelona with some showstopping landmarks – but if your baristas can’t rustle up a more than passable espresso, we’re just not interested.

Too much? Perhaps, but Barcelona’s a city you’ll want to be caffeinated in. Not least because there’s so much to see – but the coffee is on point too. Yes, you’re likely to spot a flamenco dancer or two, and eat more than your fair share of tapas. But this IS Spain. And, though it sounds stereotypical, these really are staples of everyday life. It just happens that in Barcelona, Spain’s heritage is nicely balanced with a plethora of  Michelin-starred eateries and a grand selection of spas. Don’t forget the fiestas, siestas and a little beach life. As coastal cities go, Barcelona’s a corker.

   
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Soundtrack of the city

BCN in GBP

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    3 course meal for 2: £45

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    A regular cappuccino: £1.60

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    A medium beer: £2.50

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    One-way (Local Transport): £1.99

BCN in GBP

  • null

    3 course meal for 2: £45

  • null

    A regular cappuccino: £1.60

  • null

    A medium beer: £2.50

  • null

    One-way (Local Transport): £1.99

Soundtrack of the city

Such a beautiful horizon…

Temperatures never get too erratic in the city, though each season has its benefits. Spring sees Barcelona’s music festival calendar start up, running on into the peak summer months. For us, one of the best times to visit Barcelona is autumn. It’s still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors and those festivals just keep on coming.

Discover the real Barcelona

From pint-sized coffee kiosks to grand Michelin-starred venues, Barcelona’s drinking and dining scene is not to be trifled with. Yes, you could spontaneously drift into the first restaurant you see – but it’ll only serve to ramp up your FOMO. Trust us, you’ll want to do a little research first …

It’s fair to say Barcelona sprawls. So we’ve taken the liberty of pointing you in a direction or two – dishing out some insider tips along the way. When you’ve only 48 hours to take in the top spots, some time-saving tips can be the difference between an awesome city break or stressful schlep on unfamiliar territory.

With so much to see in Barcelona, it’s easy to see why most people rarely stray from Las Ramblas. And, while it’s a good place to start, you’ll be missing out. The beach, the forest in the hills, the rooftop terraces, clubs and even a castle will all vie for your time. Spend it wisely.

Food & Drink

From pint-sized coffee kiosks to grand Michelin-starred venues, Barcelona’s drinking and dining scene is not to be trifled with. Yes, you could spontaneously drift into the first restaurant you see – but it’ll only serve to ramp up your FOMO. Trust us, you’ll want to do a little research first …

Guides & Tips

It’s fair to say Barcelona sprawls. So we’ve taken the liberty of pointing you in a direction or two – dishing out some insider tips along the way. When you’ve only 48 hours to take in the top spots, some time-saving tips can be the difference between an awesome city break or stressful schlep on unfamiliar territory.

See & do

With so much to see in Barcelona, it’s easy to see why most people rarely stray from Las Ramblas. And, while it’s a good place to start, you’ll be missing out. The beach, the forest in the hills, the rooftop terraces, clubs and even a castle will all vie for your time. Spend it wisely.

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More of the Spain

From the wild and rugged Atlantic north coast to the balmy Mediterranean shores, Spain’s got a beach scene for everyone. And as tempting as a two-week surf break would be, ignoring the snow-capped Pyrenees, the seemingly endless fiesta calendar or the many, many gourmet treats seems almost foolish. Eat, explore, discover and party – just don’t miss a second of it.