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Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona

Spain's beating heart

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Introduction

Barcelona is considered by many to be Spain's most cosmopolitan city. It's certainly one of the country's most exciting, situated in the heart of Catalonia's Mediterranean coast. It's one of Europe's busiest ports and lives as a port town should, staying up late and doing everything with energy and attitude.

The city has a hedonistic vibe, with bars and restaurants often buzzing until the early hours, and a confidence shared by its planet-conquering football team, FC Barcelona. But Barcelona is also a city full of culture, not least in its distinctive Modernist architecture and equally enchanting older buildings.

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The labyrinth Barri Gotic - Gothic Quarter - is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval centres, and the city's cathedral, complete with intricately carved spires and mythical gargoyles is a truly impressive sight. This adventurous architectural style sets the tone for other parts of the city, where buildings bend and twist in shapes at all sorts of extraordinary angles.

Basílica Sagrada Família, Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona's most celebrated son, is the man to thank for much of this, creating a host of Modernist landmarks in the city, including two masterpieces that rank among Barcelona's must see sights - the Park Güell gardens and the iconic, and as yet unfinished, Sagrada Família church. Barcelona is also blessed with a number of excellent galleries, including the Museu Picasso in the centre of town and the superb Fundació Joan Miró in Montjuïc, which are both well worth a visit. Food is another highlight of a stay in Barcelona.

Barcelona at night

When it comes to eating, Barcelona is home to everything from fine-dining restaurants to tiny tapas bars. Steer away from the tourist traps on Las Ramblas and you're almost guaranteed to eat some of the freshest and most delicious Catalan cuisine going. The city rivals Paris in the quality and sheer diversity of its restaurants and is recognised now as one of Europe's gastronomic capitals.

 

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Oceania Cruises in Kotor

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Gems of the Mediterranean on Riviera

15-day rail, stay & cruise from £5,460 pp incl. flights

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After the old-world glitz of the Orient Express and a stay in Venice, take in the finest Adriatic ports with a small-ship cruise, from Croatia and Greek islands to Italy and Spain.

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Barcelona To Venice & Orient Express on Silversea

15-day cruise & rail from £7,210 pp incl. flights

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This in-depth appreciation brings you from the Orient Express and throughout the western Mediterranean, taking in everything from St. Tropez to the Amalfi Coast.

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Monte Carlo to Rome

11-day cruise from £6,155 pp incl. flights

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Sail in the wake of history as you cross the Mediterranean Sea, traverse the Ionian and arrive in some of the world’s most ancient cities. Discover alluring Antibes with its ancient cobblestone streets and jewel-like setting on the Côte d’Azur.

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Barcelona to Rome

8-day cruise from £4,215 pp incl. flights

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You will be amazed by the striking architecture of Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona. It is one of Europe’s most visually stunning cities, as it balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter.

Top itineraries in Barcelona

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Great Seafaring Nations

13-day cruise

Seafarers and storytellers Immerse yourself in the vivacity of Spain as you explore its coastline before discovering the untouched elegance of Portugal.

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Barcelona to Venice

13-day cruise from £6,475 pp incl. flights

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On this fascinating voyage that ventures into the heart of the glamorous Mediterranean, experience the intimacy of boutique ports and become inspired by your new discoveries, from Palamos to Toulon to Kotor.

Girona

Girona’s historic gems

4-day tailor-made break staying at Hotel Camiral from £620 pp incl. flights

This short break will see you escape to the medieval charms of Girona, where you'll stay in a luxury hotel surrounded by Spain's most acclaimed golf course just moments away from the historic charms of the city, enjoying fantastic food and wine along the way including a gourmet welcome dinner.

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Barcelona & Costa Brava Self-Drive

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,485 pp incl. flights

Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage with the Gothic Quarter being the centre of the old city. Many of the buildings date from medieval times and several are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Top places to stay in Barcelona

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Grand & elegant hotel

Billed by The Guardian as one of Europe’s hippest new hotels, this central offering features contemporary rooms, spa treatments, inventive dining and a spectacular rooftop pool and cocktail bar with views over the city.

Terrace, Avenida Palace, Barcelona

El Avenida Palace Hotel, Barcelona

Guide price from £385 pp incl. flights

This central offering is an ideal base from which to explore Barcelona, with much of the city’s attractions within a stone’s throw from its superb rooftop pool.

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona

Historic hotel

With rooms deemed worthy of the Dalai Lama, a rooftop pool with views of Gaudi’s masterpieces and dining by a Michelin-standard chef, the Majestic is a superb option in central Barcelona.

Rooftop pool, Almanac, Barcelona

The Almanac, Barcelona

Guide price from £590 pp incl. flights

Among the newest fineries in the Catalan capital, this boutique offering features everything from spa treatments and cocktail bars to a rooftop pool and an ineffable sense of style.

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