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Holidays in Barcelona offer so much to do

Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia and lies on a plain that slopes gently away from the sea and into a range of woodland-covered hills. The city itself is an explosion of artistic and economic energy, with its exuberant architecture and incredible cultural scene never detracting from the fact that it is a bustling, working city. Highlights include the beautiful gothic cathedral, the Gaudi architecture, museums and galleries celebrating Spanish artists like Picasso and Miro, and not forgetting markets, bars and cafes for lazier days in this energetic city.

Barcelona holidays: explore the city

The Ramblas, one of the main attractions of Barcelona holidays, is basically a just street... but that’s a bit like saying Picasso was just a man with a paintbrush. The Ramblas is not just any street: lies at the heart of life in Barcelona. The Ramblas first became a paved road in the 14th century, serving as a link between the harbour and the old town. Now it splits the city in two, a wide pedestrianised area lined with trees and boasting shops, restaurants and cafes as well as buskers and performance artists.

To the east of the Ramblas lies the Barri Gotic or Gothic Quarter. Dating mostly from the 14th and 15th centuries, its buildings comprise the heart of the old town and are remarkable for their beauty. This area is home to the splendid cathedral, La Seu, as well as many fascinating museums and galleries. The picturesque squares house shops, restaurant and cafes where you can sit outside in the sun and just watch the world go by.

To the west of the Ramblas lies another part of the old town known as El Raval. This edgier, more bohemian area is home to Gaudí's Palau Güell and the church of Sant Pau del Camp. Another highlight is the MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum, which contributes a great deal to El Raval’s youthful, creative atmosphere.

At the bottom of the Ramblas lies the waterfront district which has flourished in recent years, emphasising the importance of the harbour and the Mediterranean ocean to Barcelona. The Harbour is home to the Maritime Museum, as well as promenades and boardwalks around the inner harbour area known as Port Vell. Barcelona holidays wouldn’t be complete without a boat ride out into the harbour or a trip to one of the six interlinked beaches that stretch up the northern edge of the city. The waterfront district is a centre for nightlife and for restaurants where you can try the delicious seafood for which the city is famous.

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So whether you’re looking for Barcelona holidays full of culture and excitement or if you prefer to pass the time wandering the Ramblas and enjoying the sun, lastminute.com makes booking holidays in Spain simple and affordable.