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.
Barcelona has a warm, temperate climate. Most of the rain falls in winter, with very little precipitation in the summer months.
If you take a flight to Barcelona, you'll land at El Prat, situated south-west of the city between the towns of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans and Sant Boi. Barcelona Airport is serviced a wide range of public transport options, such as the bus, metro line L9 Sud (terminal T1 and terminal T2), and railway line R2 Nord operated by Rodalies de Catalunya (terminal T2).
Lastly, if you fly to Barcelona you will find that its geographic location has forged a local cuisine based on the best from the sea and the mountains. It is this skilful fusion of the two elements that makes Catalan cusine so special, which in turn defines the true Mediterranean lifestyle. Dishes such as tomato bread, grilled vegetables, spring onions, flat bread and black rice with alioli sauce are local delicacies that will charm even the most discerning palates.
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