Barcelona is one of Europe's most popular city break destinations. With a vibrant cafe culture, interesting architecture and even a sandy beach, the capital of Catalonia has lots to offer its visitors. Must-see sights include the colourful buildings by architect Antoni Gaudi and FC Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium. The tourist hub La Ramblas is lined with bars, stalls and street entertainers, while the nearby Gothic Quarter is all winding streets and pretty squares. Out of town, the city's parks offer space to relax and stunning skyline views. With art galleries, great shopping, lively nightlife and a zoo, Barcelona realy does have something for everyone. Regular flights from UK airports take around two hours, meaning this is exciting Spanish city is within easy reach.
Shopping, sightseeing, sunbathing there are plenty of things to do on a break in Barcelona. The Metro is a quick, efficient way of getting around the city, but to see it in all its glory, take an opentopped bus tour. Gaudi's signature architecture can be seen at the spectacular Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and out of town at tranquil Park Guell. Famous art alleries include the Picasso Museum, Joan Miro Institute and Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. For greenery galore and great city views, climb the Montjuic hill. Sports fans should visit FC Barcelona's Nou Camp Stadium or the Olympic Stadium and its accompanying museum. Children love the city's aquarium and zoo. The new Las Arenas centre is inside the exbullring building and is home to hundreds of shops, restaurants and the Museum of Rock. After exploring the city, there's plenty of space to relax on the Barcelona's golden sandy beach.
Nightlife in Barcelona is vibrant and varied. La Ramblas and the nearby Gothic Quarter are packed with pubs and bars, while Placa Real has big clubs. For a more bohemian vibe, explore the hip bars of El Raval, or visit the area surrounding Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. For sophisicated nightlife, head to central El Born area, or venture out to Port Olimpic, where you'll find glossy cocktail bars and glamorous clubs.
Barcelona has all the eateries you'd expect from a large city, including fast food joints, gourmet restaurants and eveything in between. Local specialities like sangria, tapas and tortillas are best enjoyed al fresco and many restaurants have terraces or pavement tables. Barcelona's seaside location means the fresh fish and Paella are famously good grab a table at one of Barceloneta's restuarants and dine by the Mediterranean Sea.
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