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.
Attracting around 2.8million visitors a year, La Sagrada Familia should be top of your list of things to see. It's huge, and we mean, huge. The cathedral is still (after more than 100 years) under construction.
Visit each of the 3 facades in turn (Nativity, Passion and Glory) and then make your way to the crypt where Gaudi himself is entombed. To round off your trip to the church take the elevator to the top of one of the towers for the most amazing view of Barcelona.
Tip: Being one of the city's popular tourist spots, there are a number of restaurants and cafes dotted about the basilica but for a more authentic Spanish meal pick one of the smaller tavernas. Delicious!
The Magic Fountain' is the most spectacular in a series of fountains stretching from Avenguda de la Reina Maria Christina to Palua Nacional. Built in the 1920s, the fountain attracts millions of visitors each year, entertaining them with a mystical performance of water acrobatics set to inspiring music and coloured lights.
You definitely shouldn't miss this and you should definitely have your video recorder to hand!
Another of Gaudi's masterpieces - La Pedrera - was constructed between 1905 and 1910 and is well known for its grey stone façade. Stand outside and think Doctor Who's The Tardis - it may look small from the outside but it's a whole different world once you open the door!
La Pedrera's most interesting facet is its roof; the huge chimney pots remind you of medieval knights ready for battle. Check out the attic room which houses a museum dedicated to Gaudi's work - it's small but interesting nonetheless. The 'apartment' floor is fascinating and elegantly furnished for the early 20th century.
It's where it all happens! This famous tree-lined boulevard runs from Port Vell to Plaça Catalunya, through the Gothic quarter. Popular with tourists and locals alike, there’s a lively atmosphere at all hours, with street performers, stalls and shops. Make sure you pay a visit to La Boqueria - an open-air market selling a variety of fresh produce.
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