Barcelona - Ideal for a Cheap City Break
24 Hours in Barcelona
The city of Barcelona has everything you need for a fantastic cheap city
break. With stylish shops, distinctive architecture, sumptuous cuisine and
some of the best nightlife spots in the world you really will be spoilt
for choice on a Barcelona city break. What's more sun worshippers will not
be disappointed whilst in Barcelona with great beaches on the doorstep.
If time is in short supply Barcelona is a great city break choice, the
airport is situated just eight miles from the city and transport links are
excellent. The city is divided into several areas, all easily reachable
using the metro, or by foot.
Sightseeing & Culture for a City Break in Barcelona
There is a wealth of cultural activity in Barcelona but there are some things
which are simply unmissible. If you're coming to Barcelona for the Guadi experience
La Pedrera, Parc Güell and the Sagrada Famila are a must see whilst on your
city break. Parc Güell's public areas such as the gardens and the overall
basic structure was designed by Gaudi at the beginning of his career. The
entrance to the park has a somewhat magical ambience, with an array of what
look like ginger-bread houses. Inside the park, stunning architectural structures
flank the natural hillside. The combination of Guadi's unusual design, beautiful
gardens and a view to die for make Park Güell the ideal place to spend a lazy
afternoon. La Pedrera is an apartment block with a difference, supposedly
the whole structure contains no straight-lines or right angled corners, and
is built using columns and arches with no need for supporting walls, it also
contains a reconstructed Modernista style flat which is exquisite. The Sagrada
Familia is probably Guadi's most famous work, still unfinished it is nonetheless
a magical temple. With so much character, design and grandeur this city really
is a feast for the eyes. If you have time on your city break in Barcelona,
you can climb the tight spiral staircases (not for those with vertigo!) for
the fabulous views at 170m.
The Picasso Museum is situated in the bustling back streets of the city on
the edge of the Born area of Barcelona. Displaying work created throughout
Picasso's life (1881 - 1973) it provides a comprehensive insight into the
life and inspiration of this intriguing artist.
Other popular attractions include the Nou Camp football stadium, home to
FC Barcelona and the largest stadium in Europe and the Cathedral of Barcelona,
with some parts dating back as far as the 13th Century it is a magnificent
structure, well worth a visit on a city break to Barcelona.
Shopping on a City Break in Barcelona
The majority of the shops in the city are located in the Old City and Eixample
area. For expensive, designer head towards Eixample, and the middle of the
Diagonal area. The Born district is home to many boutique style shops owned
by recent design graduates, and the Barri Gotic provides a concentrated mix
of unusual, one of a kind shops, stores and work-shops. Many of the popular
high-street names can also be found around this area. If cheap vintage and
retro is your thing than the Raval area is well worth a trip.
Nightlife in the City
When on a city break, a night out in Barcelona starts late, with most bars
staying open until 3am and clubs until almost breakfast time. The choice is
vast with different areas of the city sporting alternative vibes and attracting
different crowds. One of the most popular attractions is drinking alfresco,
and there are plenty of chances to do so, particularly in Gracia and the Old
In the summertime the beach bars of Barceloneta to Poblenou known as 'Chiringuitos' open for business. With live music, ranging from chill-out to up-beat party the atmosphere is jubilant throughout the day into the early hours.
Clubs in Barcelona change their names and design rapidly to keep up with
the latest fashions. Some of the most famous include "La Paloma" were pretty
much every music genre is embraced with everything from hip hop, salsa, and
old-school dance hall being played. "Café Royale" is a popular way to start
a night on the town, with a glamorous mix of funky soul in the trendiest of
surroundings. Or for outdoor fun try "Le Terraza" which allows partying in
the city, under the stars into the early hours.
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CET: (UTC +1 hour)
Telephone area code: +93
Cafes/Bars:Many bars situated around Rambla and La Ribera
Restaurants: Open for lunch from 1.00 - 4.00 pm and dinner from 9.00 - 11.00 pm, many Castilian specialities
Shops: Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya, Placa de Catalunya and Diagonal
Art Galleries: 48
Emergency number: 112
24 hour medical service:
93 274 6100
0900 724 474 65
Airport Information: 93 2983838
Taxi’s (to the airport):
Linebus (Bus station):
93 265 0600
Taxis: 93 4810085