Flights to Barcelona (BCN)

Flights to Barcelona are the perfect solution if you can’t choose between a beach holiday and a European city break.
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Barcelona, Spain

What to do in Barcelona

Marvel at Gaudí’s architecture

No visit to Barcelona would be complete without marvelling at the work of its most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. The biggest draw is the iconic Sagrada Familia, which is one of Barcelona's best-loved sights. You could also stroll among the surreal structures in the Gaudí-designed green space, Park Güell, and visit his houses: Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.

La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
08013
+34 9 32 08 0414
sagradafamilia.cat

See the city with BrightSide Tours

If you’re not quite ready to join the motorbikes and bicycles zipping around the city, check out BrightSide motorcycle tours. A private guide will take you around the city, while you soak it all in from the safety of the sidecar. There’s a range of tours to choose from including the Must-Do, Full Day and Night Rider. The Foodie Tour is essential for tapas lovers.

Passatge de Tasso, 6
08009
+34 647 592 581
ridebrightside.com

Visit Barcelona's museums

History buffs will never be bored in Barcelona. The city is home to some truly astonishing museums, the most popular of which is the excellent Picasso Museum. You can also check out the Museum of History of Barcelona and the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. Some of Barcelona's museums have free entry on Sunday afternoons.

Picasso Museum
Carrer Montcada, 15-23
08003
+34 9 3256 3000
museupicasso.bcn.cat

Watch FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona are one of the biggest football teams in Europe, so it would be a shame to visit their home and not catch a game. Be sure to book your ticket well ahead of time though. The stadium, Camp Nou, can hold 99,000 adoring fans, but games still sell out.

Carrer d'Aristides Maillol, 12
08028
Barcelona
+34 902 189 900
fcbarcelona.com/camp-nou

Shop at La Boqueria

La Boqueria is the largest food market in Europe, and a perfect place to sample authentic Catalan cuisine. It is located in the buzzing area of Las Ramblas. Set your alarm – the best time to go is early in the morning, before the tourist crowds arrive.

La Rambla, 91
08001
+34 93 318 2584
boqueria.info

Explore El Raval

If you want to get off the tourist path and see the authentic, modern and arty Barcelona, then El Raval is the place to go. Browse the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and explore the cosy cafes, independent restaurants, stylish boutiques, and art house cinemas, which attract the city’s creative types.

Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001
+34 93 412 0810
macba.cat/en

Where to eat in Barcelona

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Bar Pinotxo (Tapas)

When a tapas spot in Barcelona is this popular with the locals, you know it’s doing something right. Pinotxo is a relaxed, low-key restaurant where you don’t have to dress up to turn up. Be adventurous when you visit – no need for a menu, simply pull up a stool and order whatever looks good.

Mercat de la Boqueria, 466-470 
08002
+34 93 317 1731
pinotxobar.com

La Guingueta de la Barceloneta (International)

In Barcelona, when you want to grab a bite in a super-casual setting, you head for a chiringuito, or snack bar. La Guingueta de la Barceloneta is one of the best. Right out on the sand of San Sebastian beach, it serves exceptional light bites including hot dogs, pizzas and sandwiches.

Playa de San Sebastián
Barceloneta
08001
+34 628 273 578
carlesabellan.com/mis-restaurantes/la-guingueta-de-la-barceloneta

Places to stay in Barcelona

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Hotel Majestic

When money is no object, spend yours at this iconic hotel in the Passeig de Gràcia. Even if you’re not splashing out on the penthouse suites, you can still enjoy the city views from the rooftop pool, 24-hour personal butler service and the Majestic Breakfast Experience Buffet, created by the renowned chef Nandu Jubany.

Passeig de Gràcia, 68
08007
+34 93 488 1717
hotelmajestic.es/en

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