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Three Days In Barcelona - The Essential 360° Guide

Guide to all the must-visit hot spots in Barcelona, one of the most popular European city break destinations.

With gorgeous Mediterranean sunshine, no less than 7 beaches, a wealth of history and typical warm Spanish hospitality, it is not hard to see why Barcelona remains one of Europe's most visited city break destinations. The charm of the Gothic Quarter, an eclectic arts and culture scene, world-class shopping, combined with a vibrant nightlife, a Barcelona weekend break can be very hectic indeed! Our team have chosen a number of essential landmarks and destinations to help you get the most of this simply fantastic Catalan city.

Las Ramblas
Approximately 1.2km long, almost everyone who visits Barcelona has graced the Las Ramblas Boulevard. Over the years La Rambla has become more and more a leisure and cultural attraction for locals and visitors of the city. Walk through countless florists, news stands and landmark buildings.

Sagrada Familia
Classed by most as Antonio Gaudi’s most famous designs in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia is also one of the most popular points of interests in the city. This Gaudi masterpiece first started construction in 1882 and is currently in the final stages of completion; nevertheless it is still as popular as ever.

Port de Barcelona
Barcelona harbour/port district, locally known as Port Vell has been a major city landmark since 1886. Take to the viewing gallery for the best sea views of the area or discover the 14th century medieval shipyards. Port Vell commences at the end of Barcelona's La Rambla, by the Columbus monument.

Beach – Hotel Arts
Beaches in Barcelona are among the best in Europe, a contributing factor as to what makes this city, beach vibe work so well. The beach is a great place to relax and socialise whilst looking back and taking in the buzzing atmosphere of the city. Not forgetting the seafront’s architectural treasures such as Hotel Arts and Frank Gerhy’s famous golden fish sculpture.

Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter neighbourhood has long been an admired point of interest, heavily influenced by medieval buildings, narrow streets, religious shrines and royal residences. With something round every corner and in every nook and cranny, don’t panic if you get a little lost, it’s the best way to explore.

Park Guell
The prime location of Park Guell is what makes it such a prime and iconic spot, parts of the park boast magnificent views of the sea in the distance and the city in between. The sites then owner Eusebi Güell assigned Gaudi to draw up plans for certain parts of the park which is why you will find signature traits of the artist throughout, even presently.

Casa Mila
Casa Milà is in the Eixample district of Barcelona said to be one of Antonio Gaudi’s best known and most impressive complete with an art gallery in the top floor apartment and roof access where you again come close to famous ventilation openings by Gaudi.

Casa Batllo
Gaudi designed and built Casa Batllo for a wealthy gentleman. The exterior and interior will mesmerises visitors, take a tour through the house and see the original residence of the Batlló family, the attic and mythical Chimneys. A magnificent and must visit build.

Placa Real
The beautiful square of Placa Real is one of Barcelona’s busiest, most vibrant spots especially throughout the evening and night but equally stunning during the day. Placa Real is home to a variety of bars and restaurants and some of Barcelona's leading nightspots.

Market Boqueria
Now what would be a city break or short stay without the finest foods and produce? Market of la Boqueria is the place to go for fruit, vegetables, seafood and tapas bars. Dating as far back as 1217 La Boqueria is the food soul of Barcelona – not worth missing!

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