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Barcelona & Catalonia

The essence of passionate Spain

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Introduction

Centuries of turbulence – everyone from the Greeks and Romans to the Visigoths and French have left their mark – has fired a fiercely proud identity into the colourful cities, postcard-perfect coastline and idyllic countryside of Spain’s northeastern corner.

Barcelona

It’s this independence that has bred a truly unique culture; Catalonia is, after all, classed as an autonomous community. And its largest city – Barcelona – is a microcosm of it all. Ancient temple ruins, city walls and crumbling foundations remember Roman Barcino while the Gothic Quarter is a step back to the Middle Ages. Here, twisting laneways link café-lined plazas host to towering cathedrals and delicate churches alike.


Park Guell, Barcelona

But, it’s perhaps in the architecture of Gaudí and his contemporaries that Barcelona stands truly unique. Great sweeping whimsies bend the skyline – inspiration for such names as Dalí  and Picasso whose works are spread throughout the city.

Catalonia

With Barcelona’s green-dappled Collserola Hills the scenic backdrop to a series of gorgeous beaches, it’s a fitting introduction to the wider Catalonia’s natural beauty. To the north the hiking trails of the Pyrenees straddle the French border before the cragged geography smooths itself out into verdant vineyards and farmlands – the setting for idyllic church villages.

It’s all fronted by a spectacular coastline, with the Costa Brava’s white sands dotted with charming seaside towns and hidden coves. Back inland you’ll find such medieval towns as Girona, with its museums, galleries and Gothic churches, and Figueres, whose rich heritage spans from Dalí to the Romans. 


Girona, Catalonia

 

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Special offers in Barcelona & Catalonia

Oceania Cruises in Kotor

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

15-day rail, stay & cruise from £7,045 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made rail & cruise holiday
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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.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona To Venice & Orient Express on Silversea

15-day cruise & rail from £8,000 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fares with $200 spending money
Book by: 31 October 2019

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.

Crystal Symphony, Crystal Cruises

Monte Carlo to Rome

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

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Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

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.

Basílica Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

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.

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Top itineraries in Barcelona & Catalonia

Lloret de Mar Castell Plaja at Sa Caleta beach, Costa Brava

‭‬‬‬Catalonia Coast & Country‬

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £930 pp incl. flights

From mountain towns down to idyllic seasides and rural villages, this is your chance to head off the beaten track among Catalonia’s endless charm. You'll knit together hiking trails, beaches and rustic villages with scenic drives and stays in historic accommodation, from castles to farmhouses.

Barcelona, Spain

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.

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

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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Top places to stay in Barcelona & Catalonia

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.

Mas de Torrent

Mas de Torrent, Girona

Guide price from £1,135 pp

This eighteenth-century estate has been converted into an idyllic all-suite getaway. Its original charm is best found in the farmhouse rooms and Michelin-standard traditional dining, while more contemporary indulgence can be found in private pools and spa treatments.

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.

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Where to go in Barcelona & Catalonia

Sitges. Spain

Sitges

Sitges is situated just south along the coast from Barcelona. It's a popular holiday destination with Barcelona's trendy set - which are drawn by its pretty sandy beaches, ample smart hotels and bustling bar scene.

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Girona

Girona is arguably Catalonia's prettiest city and a major attraction for travellers. Set on the confluence of four rivers, the Ter, Onyar, Güell and Galligants, the ancient city's striking pastel coloured houses, arched stone bridges and narrow cobbled streets make a trip to Girona a memorable one.

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona

Barcelona is considered by many to be Spain's most cosmopolitan city. It's certainly one of the country's most exciting cities, 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 ene…

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Top 10 driving holidays in Spain & Portugal

From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.

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