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Why go on holiday to Barcelona?
For great nightlife, stylish restaurants, museums, shops and spectacular architecture. Barcelona is Spain's most cosmopolitan and forward-looking city, and capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia.
How much does it cost?
A three-night city break in Barcelona in May costs from £300 per person including return flights. Flights only can be found from £110 but expect to pay about £160 upwards. Hotels from about £50 a night. Car hire from £10 a day.
When to go?
May, June and September are best for the weather, it's not too hot and there are fewer Spanish and foreign tourists. In the height of summer (July and August) temperatures average 84F (29C) and in December they drop to 53F (12C). The city's major festival is Festes de la Merce around September 24. It includes concerts, dancing, a swimming race, fireworks and a parade. A gay and lesbian festival and parade takes place on June 28 and a public holiday on September 11 marks the fall of Barcelona to Spain in 1714.
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Barcelona, more than just a single city, is really a collection of multi-faceted and diverse cities. The visitor unfamiliar with its history might be surprised that such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact, or by the curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout of the Eixample, the urban planning "Enlargement" project of the end of the 19th century.
What should I do when I'm there?
The first thing most people do when they arrive is take a stroll down La Rambla, Spain's most famous street. Cars drive down the edges, but the middle of the street is broad tree-lined pedestrian boulevard crowded and buzzing every day until after midnight. Check out the market stalls, birdcages, street cafes, newstands, buskers and pavement artists, but watch your bag!
Is the Gothic Quarter worth investigating?
Yep. East of the Rambla, Barcelona's dark and spooky Barri Gotic or Gothic Quarter is a warren of narrow streets, medieval buildings, little craft shops and bottom-end and mid-range accommodation. In the middle of this area, you'll find the beautiful Gothic cathedral, which dates from 1298.
I've heard there's some great architecture?
The weird and wonderful Antoni Gaudi-designed buildings such as La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera Palau Guell and his park, Parc Guell, are definitely worth a visit.
There are loads of museums and galleries such as Museu d'Art Contemporani (Museum of Modern Art), Museu Picasso, which boasts an extensive collection of Picasso's work from his Barcelona period and the Museu Textil i d'Inumentaria (Textile and Costume Museum), to name but a few. Then there's Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city centre, which was the site of the 1992 Olympics and is also home to some fine parks. The port area and the OK-ish beach are worth a peek, and football fans might want to go to a home game at the fantastic Nou Camp stadium.
|Where's good for nightlife?
Where isn't good for nightlife is a better question! The easiest thing to do is to buy a copy of Barcelona's entertainment guide Guia del Ocio, which comes out every Thursday and gives complete entertainment listings. Meanwhile Cafe de l'Opera at La Rambla 74 is lively and open late, and Glaciar and Bar Reixas in the Barri Gotic are worth a look.
Most of the interesting bars and clubs are around the Rambla/Barri Gotic area.
What's the food like?
The food in Catalonia is slightly different to that in the rest of the country. It consists of meat and fish dishes with rich sauces with vegetables and a piece of bread rubbed with tomato, olive oil and salt. For some reason this local food tends to be fairly expensive in the centre of Barcelona, but it's worth splashing out and trying some. Otherwise you can get the usual fare of pizza, pasta, burgers, etc, that you find in any big city, or try one of the many informal tapas bars (there are lots on the Barri Gotic) which are at least Spanish, if not Catalan. Barcelona also caters reasonably well for vegetarians.
What should I buy?
If it's chic and trendy you're after, head for Passeig de Gracia and the streets to its west, and to Barri Gotic, where there are also some Latin American, African and other craft shops. El Corte Ingles on the Placa de Catalunya is a department store with nine floors of everything, while the large Els Encants flea market every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next to Placa de les Glories Catalanes and the crafts market in the Barri Gotic on Thursday and Friday provide an interesting contrast.
What is there for children to do?
Children are welcome in most restaurants and bars in Spain, so taking them around with you is not a problem. Kids also love the Mare Magnum area near the port with its aquarium and Imax cinema. There are plenty of playgrounds in the city, too.
Spanish National Tourist Office, 22-23 Manchester Square, London W1M 5AP. Tel 020 7486 8077 Brochure line: 09063 640630 (60p per minute).
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Apartments and Villas on The Costa Brava at Barcelona Spanish Holidays direct from the Villa and Apartment owners. Barcelona, more than just a single city, is really a collection of multi-faceted and diverse cities. The visitor unfamiliar with its history might be surprised that such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact, or by the curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout of the Eixample, the urban planning Enlargement project of the end of the 19th century.