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BARCELONA – WHY GO?

The Catalan capital of Barcelona has masses of cultural fizz. Wander the winding medieval streets of the city’s Gothic quarter with its squares, fountains and churches. Join the crowds along the world-famous promenade of Las Ramblas, or take in the evening buzz along the waterfront – packed with bars and eateries.

MUST SEE, MUST DO

Gaudi
You can’t come to Barcelona without taking in Gaudi’s mind-blowing architecture. His great unfinished masterwork Sagrada Familia (Gaudi is buried beneath the nave here), the extraordinary Casa Batllo house and the amazing stone structures of Guell Park are unmissable, while other examples are everywhere.

Las Ramblas
You’ll want to wander along the world-famous promenade Las Ramblas, as well as exploring the cobbled medieval streets of the El Born neighbourhood and corners of the Gothic quarter. You can rent an electric Ecobike at Neri Hotel to get around the city if your feet get tired from all that walking.

Beaches
If the seaside beckons, head for the city’s own beach at Barceloneta or take the train to the seaside town of Sitges, less than an hour away by train. You’ll find plenty of seafood bars and restaurants there for an alfresco lunch.

Cable cars
Spending Sunday on Montjuic Mountain, with its jogging trails and stunning vistas, makes a great escape from the streetside bustle. Take the cable car up to Montjuic Castle for fantastic photo opportunities. Barcelona’s other cable car, the Transbordador Aeri del Port, takes brave visitors across the port – suspended 70m above the water.

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August
Turn up if you dare for the Tomatina – a huge, squishy outdoor tomato fight. Not the place for your new designer gear.

Late September
La Mercè festival turns Barcelona into one big street party. Watch out for the Correfoc – fire runs complete with dragons spraying sparklers into the crowds

BARCELONA ROMANCE
Head to Guell Park at sunset for stunning city views over Gaudi’s weird and wonderful sculptural shapes, before returning to the Gothic quarter to share some tapas and a bottle of wine.

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