Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain that protects its sovereignty. You’ll hear Catalan in the streets, and find the work of homegrown icons such as Miró and Gaudí in countless museums and along the famous Passeig de Gràcia. The city exudes a tranquil sort of timelessness as you wander the lanes of its Gothic quarter or sip cava with a little plate of anchovies in a classic pintxos bar, or wait until night falls to see Barcelona sparkle with activity, if that's more your speed!
Whether you’re looking for an indulgent apartment rental, a Michelin-starred restaurant or high-end shopping, Barcelona has it all. And with its stunning location on the Mediterranean coast, what could be better than spending your holiday in this iconic city? Here are our top picks for enjoying a luxury holiday in Barcelona.
It is without a doubt one of the most exciting cities in Europe. With so much culture to explore, its hard to know where to begin. We suggest that you don’t miss the superbly preserved medieval centre of the Gothic Quarter and the art nouveau exuberance of the splendid houses, palaces and public buildings. These were created by the eccentric genius Antoni Gaudí, whose still unfinished Sagrada Familia church is one of the great architectural marvels of the century.
Apart from the architecture, Barcelona boasts splendid museums, the Picasso and the Miró foundation. Music can be enjoyed in the many venues, not least the prestigious Liceu opera house and the quite astonishing Palau de la Música Catalana. But of course Barcelona is not just culture. Street life is intense and constant; varying from century old grocery shops to designer boutiques and everything in between. It is a food lover’s paradise, and its culinary delights will stimulate your taste buds. Whether it be to visit the astounding 150 year old Boquería Market, or to sample traditional Catalan cuisine, browse for every imaginable kind of tapas, or revel in state of the art stellar gastronomic innovation, Barcelona definitely has it all.
For a day out of town, Barcelona offers many splendid excursions. For example, the spectacular mountain setting of the great monastery of Montserrat (great also for hiking); the surrealism of the “Theatre Museum” created by Salvador Dalí in his native town of Figueres, or the enchanting landscapes and vineyards of the home of sparkling Cava, Penedés.
If you’re looking for a city that, has it all, Barcelona may be just what you’ve been searching for. With its elegant architecture, charming cafes and superb foodie scene, this is one destination where the old world meets the new in perfect harmony. Catalonia's capital will enchant everyone from history buffs to design aficionados or even those seeking an escape from their busy lives back home. Here at Rocksure Travel we offer tailor-made holidays in Barcelona which include luxury accommodation. Trust our team of experts to help craft your perfect getaway!
Barcelona has a rich culture and history with beautiful, historical churches and cathedrals. The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, also known as the Sagrada Família, is the infamous unfinished minor basilica with its gothic and Jewish quarters and quicky architecture.
But ask any local to pick their favourite church and undoubtedly Santa Maria del Mar would be it - sorry, La Sagrada Familia!
Then there is the Catedral de Barcelona - while it might not have the quirkiness nor the hype of La Sagrada Familia it holds court: a giant Gothic temple that looms large against the narrow lanes and matchbox shapes.
It’s easy to see why Casa Batlló has been likened to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies: Covered in shards of stained glass, it sometimes appears blue, then green, then shimmering like the glassy layer of a lake.
Found along the Passeig de Gràcia where you’ll hear Catalan in the streets, and find the work of homegrown icons such as Miró and Gaudí in countless museums.
Barcelona is famous for its buildings being works of art, but you can also find fine art, iconic parks, performing arts spaces and so much more - don't overlook this spectacular garden.
In this city the very old blends seamlessly with the very modern, from towering architecture to incredible gardens and parks like Parc del Laberint d'Horta. Take note, the maze is harder than it looks!
Barcelona's must-do list is as long as there are sunny days.
Barcelona is the epitome of shopping - from high class boutiques along the tree lined boulevard of Passeig de Gracia to the high street fashion found at Plaça Cataluyna, Barcelona offers it all.
Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most famous street - a nearly one-mile pedestrianized boulevard from Plaça Cataluyna to Port Vell - is still the strolling route for the city's visitors, even if selfie-stick vendors can't match the charm of old school florists, gelaterias and candy stalls offering bites of crema catalana (a form of crème brûlée) along the way.
La Boqueria might be Barcelona's oldest market - starting life in 1217 as a mere huddle of meat stalls on Las Ramlas - but tradition is not staid, and more than 200 stalls unite here.
Barcelona is a rare gem of a city that is not only home to rich culture, cuisine, and history, but also boasts 4.2km of golden sandy beaches, only ten minutes from the city centre.
Barceloneta beach is a place to see - there's the metallic, sail-like silhouette of the W Hotel at one end and the blinding gold sculpture of a fish, by architect Frank Gehry, at the other. If you're looking for the whitest sand and the most azure waters you won't find them here, but it is convenient, chaotic and a 'must-see' carnival.
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