One of the world's most popular destinations for city breaks, Barcelona is famous for its unique architecture. Explore Antoni Gaudi's works and visit countless museums and acclaimed galleries. A luxury holiday in Barcelona offers hotels featuring lavish spas, private hot tubs and dinner menus handcrafted by award-winning chefs, on top of all the attractions many know the city for.
Barcelona is a vibrant cosmopolitan city and the capital of Catalonia. It's a place like no other, thanks to its unusual buildings designed by famed architects. At the heart of the city lies the broad pedestrian boulevard, La Rambla. This well-known street is lined with restaurants, attractions and visual treats. Discover Joan Miro's cheery Pla de l'Os mosaic, the nearby Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the monumental Guell Palace by Gaudi.
You'll find world-renowned architectural works by Gaudi in the city, like the Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and Park Guell and the iconic Sagrada Familia. As well as illustrious buildings, explore the distinguished artworks of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro at the Museo Picasso and the Fundacio Joan Miro. For exclusive designer stores, walk the Passeig de Gracia. This influential street is a busy shopping spot in the city and it's also home to Gaudi's Casa Mila and Casa Batllo.
The Gothic Quarter of the city is a great place for long strolls with its cobbled streets and winding alleyways. Wandering this area is like journeying back in time with Roman and Medieval walls, the remains of a Roman temple and the imposing Barcelona Cathedral with its ornate facade. It's also really close to Barcelona's main beach.
With so many sights and attractions, Barcelona is a year-round destination. The summer is a great time to visit the city for a luxury beach retreat, with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius.
It's slightly cooler in spring and autumn, allowing you to visit attractions at all times of the day with ease. A lot of festivals tend to take place during late spring and early autumn, too. Winter temperatures are usually fairly mild, making for a wonderful time to wander the city at your own pace.
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning and come evening sample classic Catalan dishes like esqueixada, a cured cod salad, and the breaded potato and meat-filled bomba. Rich with premium meats, fresh seafood, herbs and spices, fine dining in Barcelona is a delicious treat.
Try a la carte menus, fresh buffets and Mediterranean fusion dishes. Dine in the finest of surroundings and sample cuisine cooked by award-winning chefs. Pair your dinners with world-renowned wines and enjoy a dessert of crema Catalana, a rich custard with a crisp sugar topping.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you at all times and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Spain. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.