Barcelona city breaks 2014 - Weekend breaks to Barcelona
Visit one of Europe's most exciting cities
When you want city breaks filled with sunshine, sightseeing and the odd glass of sangria, you simply can't beat Barcelona. Expect a definite sense of the Mediterranean, fused with a colourful and multicultural character. There are amazing feats of Gothic architecture to admire, trendy bars to haunt, and plenty of exciting events taking place throughout the year. While Barcelona city breaks can be enjoyed over a long weekend, you can easily be kept busy if you decide to stay longer; there's so much to see and do here, that you may even need time to recover from all that sightseeing!
And where better to relax than your very own private property; a Barcelona apartment with views over Sagrada Familia, or a traditional villa on the outskirts of the city? Here at HomeAway, we have hundreds of properties throughout Barcelona, and some of Spain's most stylish and centrally-located accommodations. Of course, our holiday rentals span every budget, need and desire, so you're sure to find something to suit, wherever you decide to stay.
Top five destinations for Barcelona holidays
Barrio Gotico is Barcelona's Gothic quarter, and home to an amazing array of architecture from the period: from the fascinating Santa Eulalia to the magnificent Portal de l'Angel, you'll be in awe with Barcelona's buildings. Of course, you'll find even older landmarks when you stroll though Barrio Gotico, whether it's the remains of Roman walls in Tapineria or the breathtaking temple of Augustas. This is also home to the city's Jewish quarter, where you'll find many of the city's art galleries and museums. For lovers of history and heritage, there's no better place for Barcelona city breaks.
When booking Barcelona city breaks, consider an apartment in Eixample. It's home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, including Gaudi's unique masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. You can discover more about Gaudi with a trip to the avant-garde La Pedrera, where you'll find a fascinating museum dedicated to his work. But it's not all about Gaudi - other artists have their fair share of the area! There's another museum dedicated to Picasso's work, and the famous street Las Ramblas is known for its display of street painters and performers.
El Raval is one of Barcelona's most interesting neighbourhoods, boasting a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of authentic attractions. If you want to truly experience the sights and sounds of Spanish city life, there's nowhere better for Barcelona city breaks. The district has a somewhat colourful past - it was once Barcelona's red light district - but it's now a multicultural neighbourhood brimming with bars, galleries and museums. You can visit the Museum of Modern Art here, peruse one-off boutiques, and enjoy having Las Ramblas just a short walk away.
Sants-Montjuic is an ideal destination when you want the best of both on Barcelona city breaks: you can easily reach major attractions and sites of interest, but enjoy accommodation away from the bustle. Needless to say the area has its own attractions, and it's the perfect spot for enjoying outdoor activities. There are several beaches where you can enjoy water sports and swimming, whilst golf, cycling and tennis are also popular. This relaxing, tranquil district is the ideal solution for those who can't make up their minds: if you just can't decide whether to stay in the city or the seaside, choose accommodation in Sants-Montjuic.
Sagrada Familia is located in Eixample, and takes its name from Antoni Gaudi's famous masterpiece. If nothing but an apartment next to this iconic structure will do, you can count on HomeAway to provide the perfect accommodation. Construction began on the cathedral back in 1882 and it remains unfinished today, but it's not the only breathtaking building in the area. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites here, each an equally beautiful example of the Catalan modernist movement. Both the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Palau de la Música Catalana were designed by architect Lluís Doménech.
Jet off to Barcelona in the summer, and you'll enjoy relaxing in open-air bars, attending all-night parties, and getting into the swing of contemporary, Spanish life. Travel during the winter, and you'll enjoy visiting the city's art galleries, museums and architectural wonders. Of course, you're never very far from the beach, and the city's excellent public transport means you can easily take a day trip or two.
Whenever you choose to go, and wherever you'd like to stay, HomeAway can provide the ideal property. From the 30°C temperatures of summer, to the low 20's in autumn and winter, we guarantee you'll be comfortable when you book a beautiful HomeAway holiday rental.
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