The city that never sleeps
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK, via Paris. This is the main station in Barcelona.
This is the city's second station and mainly serves regional trains.
The cultural and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is perfect for a city break. Visit the Sagrada Familia, the Magic Fountain or just hit the beach.
It's not the most tranquil setting but the Parc Guell is a fantastic place to hang out and watch the locals go about daily life. Once again Gaudi has played a part in the park's origins and his handiwork is evident at every turn.
Just inside the entrance you'll find a few steps, guarded by a mosaic dragon, leading up to the Doric Temple. Originally intended as a market, it is now a maze of around 88 stone columns. On top of the temple sits the park's pride and joy; a beautifully-tiled bench curving around its perimeter. Don't leave without taking a photo!
To the right of the temple is the house where Gaudi himself lived for almost 20 years - Casa Museu Gaudi.
Tip: Don't expect to have the park to yourself - it attracts around 4 million people a year - so try and visit as early as possible.
Take a break from all that sight-seeing and hit the beach. There are 7 beaches stretching along the coastline but the best in terms of location has to be Sant Sebastia. It's the most southern beach but the closest to the city centre, so if you need to get out of the sun for a while you can. Barceloneta beach is one of the oldest and most well-known and, therefore, very popular. It has a young vibe about it; with plenty of watersports on offer and beach bars along its sands.
Barcelona is home to one of the world's most celebrated football teams and, whether you're a footy fan or not, a tour of Camp Nou is an absolute must. The Camp Nou experience is an interactive museum and stadium tour, taking you through the away team's changing room, the players' tunnel, the press room and the dugouts. You can even pretend you're Gary Lineker reporting for Match of the Day from the commentators' box!
Once you've toured the stadium you'll be taken to the museum, where you'll learn about the history of the club through interactive wall and audio visual displays.
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