Barcelona is a stunning, exhilarating and fascinating city. Enjoy a group holiday or weekend break to this popular destination and you will all be surrounded by beautiful sights and architecture, with excellent food, drink and music in easy reach.
Most people centre their Barcelona short break around Las Ramblas, the city’s central boulevard. The street has numerous attractions, including the human statues and other street performers, interesting architecture, dozens of shops and restaurants and the world famous Boqueria Market. The art and architecture of Gaudi dominates Barcelona so be sure to visit at least one of his masterpieces, with Sagrada Familia, Park Güell or Casa Batlló being good choices. We also recommend a trip to the top of Montjuïc, a hill that overlooks the city’s harbour (not far from Barceloneta where there’s a beach for sunbathing and swimming in the summer). But most of all, Barcelona is simply a wonderful place to explore with no fixed schedule in mind. Get off the tourist trail and into lesser-visited districts like Horta-Guinardó or Sant Andreu and you will feel like you’ve really experienced one of the world’s great cities.
Tapas or the Basque equivalent, pintxos, may well be your choice for dinner and you will have many great dishes to choose from. Euskal Etxea is a stand-out pintxos restaurant, while La Esquinica is a good example of tapas bars and serves the Catalonian favourite dish, patatas bravas. Seafood is another local speciality and La Mar Salada is a great seafood restaurant to visit. Drinking in Barcelona is perhaps best enjoyed outdoors at one of the many ‘terraces’ in the summer. If visiting a club is part of your plans (and it will be for hen weekends and stag weekends in Barcelona of course), there is plenty of variety in terms of vibes and music styles. Take these four to show what we mean: Marula Café (old school), Magic Club (a sweaty rock club), BeCool (techno) and Jamboree (hip-hop and R’n’B).
One of the great things about Barcelona is that it has plenty of hotels right in the heart of the action that are affordable and pleasant to stay in. Good examples include Hotel Atlas and Catalonia Portal de l'Angel Hotel. Slightly less central is the lovely Villa Emilia, which has a rooftop terrace and excellent bar/restaurant, and H10 Casanova, which boasts a rooftop pool among its facilities.
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