If you're searching for a spectacular city break with gorgeous beaches thrown in too, then Barcelona is your best bet. Barcelona offers incredible architecture, art, culture and atmosphere in its bustling city, while the coast is a favourite with families, couples and friends alike.
The capital of Catalonia thrives with life all year round. Prepare to be wowed by the creative genius of Gaudí, take time out along the stunning harbour, and get to know these sandy shorelines by the shimmering Mediterranean. Bars, beaches, boutiques and more… that’s the buzz of Barcelona.
Cultures melt together in Barcelona, a lively metropolis of mesmerising architecture, medieval streets and top museums on the coast of Catalonia. Its most celebrated figure, Antoni Gaudí, takes all the credit for the city’s most outstanding monuments. From the twisting facade of stone-hewn Casa Milà to the monumental Sagrada Familia, the work of this world-famous architect can be found all over the city.
In the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find centuries-old tapas bars set among old haunts and a gargoyle-adorned cathedral. Fill up on staples like ground-beef stuffed croquettes and salt-cod fritters under this dramatic backdrop, and wash it all down with a glass of fruity Rioja. Nearby, an amble along the lively, tree-lined promenade of La Rambla will bring you to the coast, where the crowds start to thin out.
Find a slice of beach in Barceloneta or a shady patch of grass in Parc de la Ciutadella, and soak up the year-round sunshine. Climb Carmel Hill for sweeping views and the iconic mosaics of Park Güell – another of Gaudí’s fantastical creations.
Barcelona makes for the perfect destination whether as a City Breach or a beach vacation.
Weather in Barcelona
August is the hottest month in Barcelona with an average temperature of 23.5°C (74°F) and the coldest is January at 9.5°C (49°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in July. The wettest month is October with an average of 87mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 26°C (79°F).
Flight duration approx. 2 hours 30 mins from UK.