Barcelona is a province of eastern Spain in the centre of Catalan. The golden beaches of the Costa Dorada are sweeping expanses of soft sand, which have earned the Costa Dorada the name of Spain's Golden Coast. The tourist centres of Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils provide the region with focal points for the provision of beach holidays and the city of Barcelona is a centre for culture, gastronomy and shopping.
For beach resorts, the Costa Dorada offers endless beaches. The large resorts at Salou and La Pineda can provide miles of unspoiled beaches to sunbathe and recuperate during the day, and numerous bars to enjoy the evenings from. Due to their popularity with English tourists, English is widely spoken here and there are many English style pubs and restaurants.
Inland, the tranquil villages and vineyards nestled in the mountains give access to the hiking, cycling and golf courses in the Province.
The City of Barcelona has long been a favoured place for fashion shopping and cuisine. The fashion boutiques are in the city centre and the Barcelona tourist office offer routes around the city for finding the best gastronomic routes around the city. There are also many points of interest in the city to discover from your holiday rental in Barcelona, no matter what length of holiday you are on, a long holiday, or a weekend break to Barcelona. The Rambla, Collserola Tower and The fountains of Monjuic are all worth investigating.
Sitges is a beautiful town, 25km from Barcelona. It is a fantastic beach town which is famous for the Carnival (late February) and its night life, especially the gay bars. The best beaches in Sitges are those beyond the Church of Saint Sebastia (which is well worth a visit on your way by).
Barcelona has well defined seasons, with the warmest being from June to August, with temperatures reaching over 30°C. Temperatures remain warm until December, and to avoid the blistering heat and crowds, the autumn is often the best time to go.
Monarch, Ryanair and easyJetall regularly offer cheap flights to Barcelona Airport (BCN), flying daily from 20 UK airports.