For stylish and peaceful accommodation in one of Barcelona’s most cosmopolitan areas, have a look at the collection of holiday homes in Parc Güell on HomeAway. Here in Gràcia, Parc Güell apartments belong to what was originally a town separate from Barcelona. This has given the place a distinct personality, with its own culture and yearly celebrations. All the same, Barcelona’s countless sights and attractions are never more than a short ride on the Metro away. If you’d like a homelike and contemporary escape with good access to bars, picturesque squares and independent shops, then a holiday apartment in Parc Güell could be perfect for you.
-Local sights. Few people have made the same impact on Barcelona’s appearance as turn-of-the-century architect Antoni Gaudí. He designed the delightful garden complex at Parc Güell, as well as whimsical buildings further south, like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. These sights are open to the public, as is the world-famous Sagrada Família church, a project of such intricacy and scale that it is still under construction.
-Museums. Barcelona is packed with museums covering a huge range of fields. If you’re in town for the city’s artistic heritage then the Joan Miró Museum, National Museum of Catalan Art, the Picasson Museum and the contemporary art institutions in Raval are all essential If children are in tow then Aquarium Barcelona is a premier attraction with all kinds of marine life, viewed via an 80-metre underwater tunnel.
-Dining. The Gràcia district has its own pace, and you can head to vibrant squares like Plaça del Sol to get a taste of the local cafe culture. For great food in a laid-back atmosphere there are countless tapas and pintxos bars across the city, and if you want to see how traditional Catalan cuisine has been updated for modern restaurant-goers, there are a number of contemporary restaurants in l’Eixample, exemplified by the Michelin-starred Cinc Sentits.
-Shopping. Passeig de Gràcia, a little way south, is where all the famous luxury brands are located. For a more affordable and bohemian shopping experience you could stay in Gràcia, where there are lots of one-of-a-kind boutiques. If you’re on the hunt for international high-street brands like H&M, Mango and Zara, you could head for Avinguda Diagonal, or the streets just south of Plaça de Catalunya.
-Beaches. The waterfront is a swift taxi ride or just a few minutes on Barcelona’s Metro. When it’s warm, Barcelona doubles as a beach destination thanks to the cleanliness and great facilities at the series of beaches beginning in Barceloneta at Sant Sebastià, and running all the way to Llevant in Sant Martí.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with weather that’s a little more temperate than in other parts of the region. Although it’s dry here compared to places in Northern Europe, there is some rainfall in every season, which helps keep plants green all year round. Summers though are dry and warm, beginning in May and lasting until October. On an average day in mid-summer Barcelona gets highs of around 28 degrees. Winters are moderate here, with temperatures rising to 13 degrees or so on a January day.
If you’re flying to Barcelona then El Prat Airport (BCN), is one of the busiest in Spain and sits on the outskirts of the city. All kinds of airlines serve this destination from the UK, including both low-cost and business carriers. After you land it will be no trouble to get to a Parc Güell holiday home with Barcelona’s public transport network – you can get the R2 train straight to Barcelona-Sants, and from there it’s just a few stops and one change for Fontana, Lesseps or Vallcarca on the L3 Metro line.