As host to both the 1982 FIFA World Cup and, more significantly a decade later, the Summer Olympics, Barcelona awoke from of its malaise as an overlooked holiday destination. Some cities don’t manage to capitalise on an Olympic legacy, but the infrastructure and architectural momentum given Barcelona by the event melded with trade, media, fashion, science and arts advances to forge one of Europe’s tourism heavyweights, and all in the wake of major post-industrial re-structuring.
Luxury Holidays to Barcelona
Uniquely for most major cities, Barcelona boasts beaches. Beautiful ones, lapped by the Med and rolling three miles along the glistening coast. Add to this the local hotel and dining scene’s glowing reputation, and you’re perfectly placed for a laidback, luxury holiday. Kenwood Travel hand-select the hotels that exemplify this luxury to the fullest, and offer them for the most affordable prices.
Great reasons to holiday in Barcelona
- City / beach – All the glamour and charm of a vibrant city centre where sparkling modernity sits tidily alongside a medieval past, plus the soft sands and cooling waters of an award-winning sequence of Mediterranean beaches.
- The climate – Hot and dry in the summer, Barcelona’s gorgeous weather befits the sunny disposition you’ll gain from a holiday spent basking on its glorious beaches.
- Arts & Culture – Revered globally as somewhat of a museum mecca, Barcelona’s exellent galleries give culture vultures the chance to view some of the world’s most famous artworks.
- Cuisine – An intricate network of old-town alleyways off La Ramblas lead the tourist through a treasure-trove of Gothic Quarter restaurants. Turn a corner into an elegant marble plaza flanked with al fresco tables, grab a chair and dine in style.
- Architecture – Barcelona’s famous Gaudi buildings showcase one of the world’s most distinctive architectural imaginations. The remarkable Sagrada Familia is the city’s most visited attraction.
Things to do whilst on holiday in Barcelona
Mesmerised at MACBA – The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art’s focus is on the preservation of global masterpieces since the 1940s, and houses an extensive Catalan selection. Multi-language guided tours are included in the entry price and advance bookings are not required.
The church of football – Camp Nou is the home of Barcelona FC, modern football’s unstoppable success story. Messi, Neymar and Suraez are among the household names whose skills on the pitch captivate Camp Nou’s dedicated supporters. Join them on your trip to Barcelona and soak up the electric matchday atmosphere. Stadium tours are also popular.
Go flamenco – For an authentic flamenco experience, head to Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) for a wonderful evening of dining and dancing. The Tablao de Carmen is particularly good.
Hit the beach – Sant Sebastia, Barceloneta and Somorrostro are perhaps the most popular beaches in Barcelona, but just on the other side of the Olympic harbour you’ll also find Bogatell, Mar Bella and Llevant among others. You’re spoilt for choice!
Weather in Barcelona
Hot, dry summers follow mild winters in Barcelona, where a gorgeous Mediterranean climate pervades, especially during the May to October season. Highs in August average about 28C and can easily reach the early thirties. December to February is the coolest annual period, with average daily temperatures of 14C.
Facts about Barcelona
Area - 39.44 sq miles
Population - 1,620,900
Currency – Euro
Time Zone - UTC + 1
Barcelona holidays 2024 / 2025
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