There are many culturally diverse cities in Europe that are easily accessible with budget airlines, particularly Barcelona.
Often hailed as one of the best cities in the world, Barcelona is a fashionable location to come into contact with the old and new.
It is easy enough to see why Barcelona is so popular with variety of attractions and sights tempting tourists. Stretching from La Ramblas covering the old port of Barcelona and the Plaza Catalunya, an entire day can be dedicated to walking around the Barri Gothic Quarter. Wander around the labyrinths of the narrow streets that meander between old buildings which open out into quaint squares. Find out something about the chronicle of the city and its Roman roots, or visit the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia.
Initially planned by Catalan publisher Joseph Bocabella, this monumental assignment eventually came in the hands of Gaudi when he was just 31 years old. Barcelona is truly blessed with his wonderful designs, he could be indeed, and the main reason the city attracts so many sightseers. This famous work by Gaudi will be the most incredible church you will ever see.
Barcelona is still the birthplace for many progressive architects such as the award winning Ricardo Bofill, the man behind the iconic W Barcelona. Born in Barcelona in 1939, Bofill is celebrated for his architectural structures that blend with different cultures.
It will also be difficult to miss the perfect geometric block of ME Barcelona Hotel, a glass building designed by French architect Dominique Perrault. Barcelona is widely celebrated for its innovation planning in accessible open spaces. Two of the best are Guell Park and Park de la Ciudadella.
In the city center there are several places that you can take a walk and admire the sceneries, or enjoy fresh coffee in Las Ramblas while watching pedestrians, musicians and performers. Bars in Barcelona start to fill up from 2 a.m. onwards. There are plenty of late licensed bars that may stay open as late, or as early as 10 a.m. These bars are not dance clubs but you can either wind down or party some more, depending on your state of mind at that time. There are plenty of live music jam sessions, jazz, blues, burlesque and clubs to choose from particularly in the Las Ramblas. Do not expect crowds until 2 or 3am.
Obviously holiday time depends heavily on either work schedule or budget. Many hotels and airlines give discounts on Friday to Sunday reservations. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the attractions, shop and have a good night out.
If you want a simple way to travel then think about staying in holiday apartments since Barcelona has a large number of apartments for any requirements. An apartment in any city can help save money and give you a more unique experience of living in a different culture.