Surely one of Spain's most vibrant and best-loved cities, Barcelona possesses a Catalan charm all of its own. From world-class football to historic architecture; a luxury city break here is a delight to all.

As well as its turbulent history, artistic heritage, and astounding architecture, it's the richest, most stylish, and cosmopolitan city in Spain.

Not to mention its proud role as the capital of Catalonia and home to one of the world's best-loved football clubs. Barcelona buzzes with activity throughout the year - no wonder it's one of Europe's perennial weekend destinations.

From Plaça Catalunya, the beating heart of the city, take a walk down Barcelona's main drag, La Ramblas, the lively pedestrian boulevard that bisects the old town and runs down to the port. Then lose yourself within the Barri Gòtic, boasting one of the highest concentrations of mediaeval buildings in Europe, and refuel on patatas bravas washed down with Estrella lager. Then head to the fascinating Museu Picasso for Spain's biggest collection of Pablo Picasso's art.

Follow the trail of Antoni Gaudì, the local architect whose visionary work was once described by Salvador Dali as 'a tactile erogenous zone that bristles like a sea urchin'. Gaudì's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Famìlia, is a tribute to his enduring Catholic faith. It remains under construction 75 years after the architect's death, and architects have now reverted to his original designs. A visit to the cathedral, combining incredible detail with a breathtaking scale of ambition, is a must.

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  • Time zone: GMT +1
  • Flight time: 2 - 4 hours
  • Recommended airlines: British Airways, Iberia, Eayjet, Jet2
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Tipping guideline: 10% to 15%
  • Health considerations: No major health risks.
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Population: 47,473,373
  • National languages: Spanish
  • Electricity and plugs: Type C/F<br>230V
  • Mobile phone coverage: Good coverage
  • UK passport visa requirements: You don't need a visa for Spain if you have a British passport - for a maximum of 90 days

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