The glamorous backdrop to the Oscar-winning “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and Spain’s most cosmopolitan city is paradise for anyone who loves culture, architecture and design. Barcelona is home to one of the most important Mediterranean ports and is also a large communications hub between Spain and France, which gives it a distinctly European feel.
The Ramblas Promenade in the centre is brimming with street artists, news and flower stands, pet vendors, cafes and restaurants, and reflects Barcelona’s lively and colourful personality. Take a stroll up the promenade to discover buildings of great significance, such as the Boquería Market and the famous Grand Theatre of the Lyceum, one of the best opera theatres in the world. Barcelona prides itself in its capacity to bring together very different architectural styles. Styles range from Gothic, found in the charming Gothic Quarter, the Santa María del Mar Church and the Santa Eulalia Cathedral, to impressive temples of modern architecture designed by some of the most famous contemporary architects, such as Jean Nouvel’s Agbar tower. Synonymous with Barcelona is Catalan modernism, such as the work of Antoni Gaudí, whose world-renowned buildings are the most emblematic and original in the city, visited by millions of tourists from far and wide every year. Lose yourself in the fantasyland of his Batlló House, the Pedrera, the Sagrada Familia basilica and Güell Park.
For those who enjoy a good cocktail in the evening, there are plenty of options. The central neighbourhoods of Borne and the Raval offer a more sophisticated nightlife. The bohemian neighbourhood of the Raval also houses Barcelona’s Contemporary Art Museum, a spectacular building designed by Richard Meyer.
After such a hefty dose of culture, relax next to the sea on the popular Barceloneta beach. Once you take one of our cheap flights to Barcelona, you’ll be living the dream.
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