Find Good Value Luxury Hotels in Barcelona

With its vibrant mix of being both a beach destination and cultural city, Barcelona is one of Spain’s most interesting places and definitely worth a visit. The good news is that a trip to Barcelona needn’t be prohibitively expensive. The city boasts a wealth of good hotels, with many luxury hotels having rooms available for around £100 per night. Many low cost airlines fly regularly to Barcelona from most UK airports, so it may be cheaper than you think to enjoy a short break in this diverse Spanish city.

The diversity of the city is what makes Barcelona such a fantastic place to visit. You could take 10 separate breaks to the Spanish capital and have a different experience each time. It’s a city of stunning architecture, vast department stores, luxury hotels, peaceful parks and bustling streets. Whatever mood you are in you can find something suitable to do or see in Barcelona.

Famous for the architecture and artwork of Antoni Gaudi, the city is peppered with the artist’s famous unusual structures and mosaic designs. Elaborate, colourful buildings and landmarks look like delicious confections or wedding cakes at the roadside, and his piece de resistance, the spires of the famous Sagrada Familia church rise above the city like something out of a fairytale.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of this busy tourist hub of a city, Gaudi’s magical Park Guell beckons you to take the trip to the outskirts. High up on a hillside, you will be torn between admiring Gaudi’s colourful ‘gingerbread houses’ and mosaic designs, and the spectacular panoramic views over the entire city.

Barcelona also boasts another welcome green space for weary travellers to find a peaceful spot. Ciutadella Park has lots of wide open green spaces to explore as well as a beautiful fountain and play park for children. It is right next door to Barcelona Zoo which makes the area a great one for families to explore.

If you are visiting Barcelona with children you will find plenty to keep them occupied and entertained. A visit to Barcelona Aquarium is a great way to spend an afternoon, particularly if the weather isn’t great (although Barcelona usually boasts a warm and sunny climate). It is home to over 450 different species of sea life and offers a great programme of family friendly activities. You can even arrange to dive with sharks, although perhaps that is one best left to mum or dad! Right next door to the Aquarium is the IMAX 3D cinema where you can take in a jaw-dropping family show.

One of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona is Las Ramblas. This famous central boulevard runs right through the heart of the city and is a delight to adults and children alike. Always lively, the promenade is peppered with Barcelona’s famous ‘living’ statues, pet and flower stalls and café bars. You’ll walk past bright yellow canaries tweeting away in their cages, flowers in full bloom in every colour of the rainbow, and many street artists willing to entertain you in exchange for a coin or two. It is a hectic yet entertaining experience, and is certainly something not to be missed when in Barcelona.

If a trip to this lively Spanish city doesn’t appeal then why not enjoy attractions closer to home with a short break in London? London may not have the beaches or the vibrant vibe of Barcelona, but this capital city has a charm like no other city on earth. Steeped in history, London has a wealth of cultural attractions to interest and excite. With its galleries and museums widely regarded to be among the best in the world, including the vast and interesting Tate Modern, London has much to offer.

If art and culture isn’t your thing, then the shopping in London is an experience like no other. Oxford Street stretches a mile and a half and boasts every high street store you can imagine, and the designer boutiques of Bond Street call out to those in a mind to indulge. Regent Street is home to the world famous Hamleys toy shop which should definitely be on your must visit list if you have kids (or big kids!) in your travelling party.

Whether you choose warm and colourful Barcelona, or interesting and exciting London, you can recharge your batteries on a break either at home or abroad. Although with so much to do and see, your break may be refreshing rather than relaxing. As the saying goes, ‘A change is as good as a rest!’

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