There is simply no chance you won’t be seeking out the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi, the city’s most famous prodigal son, on Barcelona holidays. Two of his best-known works are on Passeig de Gracia: the “skull-and-bones” of Casa Batllo and the rippling waves of La Pedrera. At night, the coral pastels and “eyes” of Casa Batllo’s balconies are lit up, and you can take a tour through the dream-like interior. Want to discover Gaudi’s works on your own schedule? Look into great Barcelona car hire deals on lastminute.com.au.
After you’ve tripped out on Passeig de Gracia, head back to earth at Parc de la Ciutadella, created for the 1888 Universal Exhibition and home to non-Gaudi masterpieces like the Castle of Three Dragons. You may think you’re back in medieval times, but in fact the “castle” is a stunning example of art nouveau architecture. There’s no dungeons here—just photo ops for days. Whether you’re on a honeymoon or holiday with the guys, find the Cascada Monumental, with its waterfall and pond, rent a boat and have a romantic paddle. True bromance!
Thanks to its fashion-savvy public and plenty of famous designers, Spain holidays are a smorgasbord of retail therapy—and Passeig de Gracia is one of the best “therapist’s offices” in the country. Practice your catwalk as you browse the classiest of the high-class shops (hey, window shopping is free!), then check out high fashion without the high prices at up-and-comers on Avinguda Diagonal.
There’s no excuse to go hungry with Barcelona holiday packages—ever. In the morning, pop into a patisseria for ensaimades, pastries topped with anything from pumpkin to powdered sugar; for lunch, grab a bocata sandwich from the nearest cafe and wash it down with red wine, as day drinking is practically required in Barna. Prefer your food to be flashy and expensive? The Eixample neighbourhood has a classy vibe and prices to match, so bust out your jewels (or cubic zirconias) and get fancy!
Dining on your Barcelona holiday happens late, but nightlife happens even later (there’s a reason this country invented the siesta, after all). Once you roll yourself out of your Eixample restaurant, you’re already in the right place to dance off all those calories. You’ll find a mixed crowd of travellers, students and professionals who aren’t sure whether they’re celebrating the end of the work day or preparing for the next (which starts in 3 hours).
If you’re ready to embrace late nights drinking wine, afternoon siestas and tapas, tapas, tapas—and of course you are!—it’s time to search lastminute.com.au’s Barcelona holiday deals. Mix it up with a combo of airfares and hotels and you’ll get such good prices, you’ll be shouting “Salud!” from your computer.
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If you're keen to find a budget room without all the extra frills, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona, situated at Carrer del Lledo 7, is your safest bet. Another place that offers its guests superb service at a low cost is the Hostal Bcn 46, which can be found at C/ Roger de Llúria 46. But that said — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live it up while you're here, we don't blame you! The welcoming staff at the Hotel Arts Barcelona and the Ciutadella Park Apartments are specialists in luxury.
If you're just here for a couple of days and only have limited time to visit the most famed attractions, stay at the castro Exclusive Residences SPA Sagrada Familia or the SF Apartments. They are both within a stone's throw of Sagrada Familia.
4 May - 5 May
Comfortable, clean, classy. Outstanding location. Friendly staff. Highly recommended. I will hopefully stay here again sometime.
1 May - 2 May
Great for overnight before early flight. Free shuttle bus on time, a welcome service.
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