Barcelona is a magical city curled around the Mediterranean under a fairytale skyline of soaring spires and Modernista mansions.
At its heart is the crooked, shadowy Barrio Gotic (Gothic Quarter), encircled by the elegant grid of L’Eixample, and in sharp contrast is the vibrant street Las Ramblas. Gaudi's creamy, organic architecture creations reach far and wide, floating on the skyline, such as the Sagrada Familia and undulating roof of Casa Mila.
Forget sangría and bullfighting—this is Catalunya, a part of Spain with its own language, customs and long, long history. Outside the Catedral you'll see traditional dancing every Sunday.
Most of all, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most stylish cities and is right at the vanguard of cutting-edge design. Bold, brash and bent on a good time, it has a spectacular array of restaurants: from the finest haute cuisine to humble seaside taverns and dining at stalls in La Boqueriea market. There's excellent shopping, and a vibrant nightlife that buzzes right through until dawn.
It's not only about the urban attractions. Enjoy the vibrant, sandy coastline, including Port Olympic, which really does put the icing on the cake. There are also easy excursions from Barcelona including to Sitges.