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Groundbreaking architecture and Catalan culture

18.11.17

Top Quality Barcelona Break

3 Nights in a Gorgeous 4* Hotel in a Great Location incl. Flights

Experience this historic city for yourself with this Top Quality Barcelona Break for 3 nights in a 4* hotel incl. flights just €190

17.10.17

Spring Weekend Barcelona Break

3 Nights in a City Centre 4* Hotel incl. Return Flights

Blow off the cobwebs with this spring weekend Barcelona break for 3 nights in a well rated 4* hotel incl. flights for just €216

04.08.17

Central Barcelona Break

3 Nights in 4* City Centre Hotel incl. Flights

Experience this vibrant city with this central Barcelona break for 3 nights in a well-rated 4* hotel incl. flights for just €190

08.07.17

Barcelona Rooftop Pool Break

2 Nights incl. 4* Hotel & Flights

I found you this Barcelona Rooftop Pool Break in September 2017! Get 2 Nights incl. 4* Hotel & Flights for only €178pp!

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Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
21.04.17

Things to do in Barcelona

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Enjoy fantastic deals on entry tickets and tours for your next Barcelona city trip and make the most of your holiday!

03.02.17

Barcelona Luxury Group Holiday

3 Nights incl. Deluxe Apartment with Roof Top Pool and Flights for Group of 10

Enjoy some breathtaking luxury in the heart of the city with this Barcelona luxury group holiday for a group of 10 people!

Find the Best Barcelona City Break with HolidayGuru

Barcelona is a city break bucket list staple for so many of us. Catalonia’s capital, as well as Spain’s second largest city by population, is a hubbub of activity, excitement, culture and music. There is excitement at every corner you turn. If the city is still somewhere you haven’t visited, then get reading my tips for a great Barcelona city break.

The Climate in Barcelona | Flights from Ireland to Barcelona | Accommodation in Barcelona | Famous landmarks in Barcelona | The best Barcelona deals

The Climate in Barcelona

Barcelona has a maritime Mediterranean climate. Summers are very hot, while winters are quite mild. The temperatures are highest in July and August, when the city can experience temperatures as high as 29 degrees. It falls to its lowest in the months of December and January, with highest temperatures of 15 degrees. As Barcelona is on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, many of the winds that come in from the Atlantic have lost a lot of their moisture. So, the city receives little rain in general. But, because of its location, as well as how close it is to the Atlantic, Barcelona’s summers often see more rainfall than other areas around the Mediterranean Sea.

Flights from Ireland to Barcelona

Barcelona has two main airports. There’s Barcelona El Prat (BCN), the city’s main airport. It is found roughly 10km southwest of the city. Overall, it’s Spain’s second largest and second busiest airport, with an average of 40 million passengers every year. There are several airports and airlines with which you can fly from Ireland to Barcelona El Prat:

Airline Airports
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
easyJet Seasonal: Belfast
Ryanair Dublin
Vueling Dublin

The second airport in Barcelona is Girona (GRO), which is actually a little further out of the city. In fact, it is over 90km away and closer to the town of Girona than Barcelona. This airport is used as a second airport for the city, and can also service areas close to the Costa Brava and to the Pyrenees and the French border. Passenger numbers are, in general, much lower here than in El Prat. In 2016, 1.6 million passengers passed through Girona Airport. The airport is a hub for Ryanair, meaning Ryanair concentrates its passengers and operations at this airport.

Airline Airports
Ryanair  Belfast, Cork, Dublin

Accommodation in Barcelona

It’s never been too hard for me to find a great deal for a Barcelona city break. If you book a tiny bit in advance you can get super cheap flights and also choose a lovely central hotel for not too much money. If you’d like to book a weekend break you might have to spend a little more, but also only if you leave it too late to book. Aside from that, you can expect to pay under €200 for a three night Barcelona city break.

First of all, you have to decide where you want to stay in the city. The beach area around Barceloneta makes sense if you plan to laze around in the sun in summer. Or you might enjoy an apartment in the middle of the Gothic Quarter to wander around and spend hours and hours in cafes and restaurants (my preferred choice) and are interested in the architecture and history of Barcelona. The area around Avinguda Diagonal is perfect when you plan a shopping break with your friends. Barcelona is pretty big, so you don’t want to waste too much time travelling.

Hotels in Barcelona

For a great selection of hotels in Barcelona I would recommend to check out Trivago. You can get some great deals for fantastic hotels with central locations. If you love a bit of luxury, treat yourself to a night in the W Hotel. It’s set right at the end of the beach in Barceloneta and looks like a gigantic sail.

If you’re travelling on a budget then a stay in a hostel might be a better idea. This doesn’t mean you have to put up with smelly and filthy dorms. There are some really top class hostels in Barcelona with incredible interior design. The Generator Hostel in Barcelona is a great example if you want to combine cheap lodging with comfort.

AirBnB in Barcelona

If you are travelling as a group to Barcelona, as a stag or hen do, family getaway or simply with your best friends, I can highly recommend booking a private accommodation like AirBnB in Barcelona. You may have heard the city has difficulties controlling the vast offer of private accommodation to rent, because it makes places to rent for the locals difficult and expensive. Tourists benefit from this and have the chance to live like a local in stunning and authentic apartments in the Gothic Quarter, for example. But don’t be surprised, it is not always cheaper than a hotel!

Famous landmarks in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Gaudí’s unfinished cathedral is almost synonymous with Barcelona at this stage. This humongous Catholic basilica was started over 100 years ago in 1882. When the architect, Antoni Guadí, passed away in 1926 it was still only a quarter of the way to being fully built. There are three facades to the basilica – one portraying the Nativity, one of Christ’s Passion, and the Glory Facade, on which construction began in 2002. Construction is expected to finish in 2026, which is the centenary of Guadí’s death.

Parc Guell

Parc Guell is ablaze with colour and life. The park is filled with gardens and benches, and it has amazing views over the city. It is designed to mirror the creative ideas of Antoni Guadí, yet another influence of this architect on his home city. The park is home to a multicoloured salamander, which is popularly known as El Drac (or “the dragon”).

Camp Nou

The home of FC Barcelona is Europe’s largest stadium by capacity. Almost 100,000 spectators can fit into these hallowed grounds to watch their heroes play. The stadium has been home to FC Barcelona since 1957, when it was known as the Estadi del FC Barcelona. It got its new name in 2001.

The best Barcelona deals

If you book in advance and aim for an off-peak time, you can find a fantastic Barcelona city break. Keep an eye on my website and let me help you cross this Spanish city off your bucket list!