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Barcelona City Breaks

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world. With the Mediterranean climate, wealth of interesting places to visit and activities to do plus the mouth watering Spanish cuisine, it is little wonder why short breaks to barcelona are so popular.

Barcelona has the advantage of combining both the appeal of both beach holidays and city breaks as it features all of the life and amenities of a city while being located on the coast, meaning there are sandy beaches in the city as well as the perfect weather to enjoy them.

Making the Most of a Short Break in Barcelona

See the Sagrada Família

The most famous tourist sight in Barcelona is arguably the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, or just the Sagrada Família. The Sagrada Família is known to English speaking tourists as the Unfinished Church, due to the fact that construction was never completed.

The fact that the church is unfinished has not stopped the Sagrada Família from becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture of the Sagrada Família is truly one of a kind and is a must see on breaks to Barcelona.

Tour Camp Nou

Football fans will enjoy their short breaks to Barcelona as the city is home to FC Barcelona, arguably one of the most renowned football clubs in the world. A considerable amount of weekend breaks to Barcelona are actually made up of people coming to watch their favourite football team play an away game against FC Barcelona.

If there is no match on football fans have the chance to tour the stadium, including the trophy room. Early birds can also watch the team train at their training ground, Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, at specific times.

Take in the Sights of the Magic Fountain

For a truly breathtaking sight on a city break to Barcelona, we advise you to visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc outside the National Art Museum of Catalonia in the evening. The fountain was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the second World Fair to be hosted in Barcelona. The fountain features a display of multicoloured, backlit water shooting out of the fountain, set to music.

Visit the Gothic Quarter

The cultural heart of Barcelona is the Gothic Quarter. As the name implies, this area of the city features a lot of buildings in the Gothic style, some of which are among the oldest in Barcelona. Due to the continued modernisation of the city the Gothic Quarter is very easy to spot among the newer buildings.

The Gothic Quarter is the best place to spend your more relaxing hours on city breaks to Barcelona as among the beautiful architecture lies some of the best shops and restaurants in Barcelona.

Barcelona - Essential Information

Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to Barcelona:

  • The official language of Barcelona is Spanish but the city is home to many English speakers.
  • The currency in Barcelona is the euro.
  • Barcelona is an hour ahead of the UK.
  • It takes two and a half hours to fly between Barcelona and the UK on average.
  • Barcelona–El Prat Airport is 12km from the centre of Barcelona.

If Barcelona is starting to sound like the kind of place that you would like to visit, why not enter your dates and preferred airport and search for all the best cheap city breaks to Barcelona with Holiday Gems?


And if you’re still in need of some city break inspiration, take a look at our other top city break destinations.

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