A holiday in Barcelona is a great choice for devotees of art, culture, fashion, shopping and delicious food. It’s a bustling city which is a popular destination for a city break. The city is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the north-east of Spain and it has approximately 1.6 million inhabitants.
The weather in Barcelona is really nice and it never gets very cold. The average temperature during the summer is about 29ºC. During the winter, the weather in Barcelona can be good enough for a holiday. It never really gets any colder than 13ºC.
Barcelona has a number of interesting places and historical monuments dating back to the Classical period, the Middle-ages and the Renaissance. The modern architecture has not to be missed during your holiday in Barcelona. Gaudí designed the Sagrada Familia, an amazing cathedral which looks like it's from a fairy tale, and he also designed the Park Güell. The park is a splendid place to come and relax.
There are many other nice places to explore in Barcelona. You could visit the monks of Montserrat, where the monastery is carved into the rocks, and you could also visit the Salvador Dalí museum, which is located in Figueres. For those interested in football, a visit to Camp Nou, FC Barcelona's stadium, is a must.
A holiday in Barcelona starts at the Plaza Cataluña. This is a large square with huge fountains. From this square you can walk down the world famous Ramblas and you can also access all the main shops from the square. The clothes in the city tend to be cheaper and strolling down the Rambla, which is lovely and wide, is something people are bound to enjoy. Lots of shops and offices are closed here between 14.00 and 16.00.
The best places to eat and drink in Barcelona are on and around the Rambla and the harbour. There are some really nice (tapas) restaurants in the area. People in Spain tend to eat a little later than people in the rest of Europe. Dinner here is served from 21.00 till midnight.
Since the renovation works in 1998 the harbour has been transformed into a bustling area with lots of trendy cafes and restaurants. In the same area you will also find the 4 km long beach, another popular place where to enjoy a holiday in Barcelona.