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Barcelona

Annabelle's verdict:

Barcelona might just be the perfect city break – fabulous shopping, tapas bars on every corner, Antoni Gaudi's unique architecture and a buzzy beachfront for sunny days. Travel with Kirker and their Concierge Service can organise everything from tables at the city's hippest restaurants, to a private guide who will introduce you to some of the city's best-kept secrets.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

Park Guell, BarcelonaHotel Arts, BarcelonaRooftop pool & bar, Grand Hotel CentralBarcelona beach

Kirker Holidays says

The Catalan capital is a proudly independent, uniquely vibrant and passionately artistic city, making for one of Europe’s most exciting short break destinations.

From the winding, medieval Gothic Quarter, to the Art Nouveau facades of Passeig de Gracia and the striking modern shapes of the Olympic Port, Barcelona is defined by its varied and constantly evolving architecture. All that and a sandy beach too.

One of the city’s most famous sons, Antoni Gaudi, left his distinctive mark everywhere, from the fantasy world of Parc Guell to the towering unfinished monument of the Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona is also a city of art and music, and there are wonderful collections of the works of Miro and Picasso, a world-class opera house and regular concerts under the spectacular stained glass ceiling of the Palau de Musica Catalana.

Kirker’s collection of hotels includes the Grand Hotel Central, a striking modern property in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, the more traditional Majestic on the Passeig de Gracia, and the privately-owned Duquesa de Cardona which overlooks the waterfront.

Barcelona is not only a fascinating cultural city, but during the summer months it also offers the beautiful open space of Mont Juic – site of the 1992 Olympics – and a popular sandy beach on the edge of the city centre. The perfect place to stay in the summer is the beachfront Hotel Arts, with its large outdoor swimming pool.

On the city’s doorstep, along the Costa Brava, is an unspoilt region of rolling countryside, rugged coastlines dotted with sandy coves, and elegant towns and villages such as Cadaques and Figueres – home to the wonderful Dali Museum.

The Kirker Concierge can arrange a private guide to help you discover the city’s architecture, entrance to galleries and museums or opera and concert tickets. Our unique Kirker Guide Notes also provide an invaluable insight into the city’s myriad tapas bars and fresh fish restaurants.

Find out more about our short breaks to Barcelona and our latest special offers.

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