Fri, November 6th, 2009 - By

Spotlight – long weekends in Barcelona

With budget airlines offering great deals and the relatively short flying time, Barcelona is a great choice for a short break destination. In just one weekend you’ll get a taste of its vibrant street life, fascinating Gaudi architecture, superb cuisine, there’s even five beaches and (apparently) a world famous football team, all of which will have you wanting to return over and over again. Even in the run up to Christmas, you could find yourself sitting outside a cafe at midnight without feeling the cold!

Must do’s:

  • A visit to the unfinished Sagrada Familia by Gaudi, it’s been under construction since 1882 and there’s still another 30-80 years to go till it’s completed!
  • Another of Gaudi’s triumphs is the limestone apartment building known as ‘La Pedrera’ or ‘The Quarry’.
  • All footie fans will undoubtedly want to visit Camp Nou home of FC Barcelona, take the guided tour and you’ll get to view behind the scenes in the changing rooms, the chapel and the VIP’s lounge.
  • Shopaholics are also well catered for; the city is home to the famous 5km shopping line stretching from the top of Las Ramblas, through Placa de Catalunya and up Avenue Diagonal.
  • And for those short on time and want to do it all, what better way than to take in all the sights than by air with a sightseeing helicopter flight.
  • Another highly recommended must see is the Magic Fountains of Monjuic. These magical fountains dance with music, colour and light. Performances are frequent throughout the summer evenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and Fridays and Saturdays in the winter evenings. The biggest feature of the Fountains is that they are totally  free to watch and the area has a great atmosphere.
  • Travelling with Kids? Why not take them to the Aquarium. The Aquarium is located in Port Vell and is easily accessible by bus or the metro. The Aquarium houses 35 tanks with 11,000 animals, 450 different species and an underwater tunnel that is 80 metres long! Can the kids guess how much water that holds?
  • How about the Barcelona Zoo? The Zoo supports the World Zoo Conservation Strategy and the activities they do help with preservation, research and education of wildlife. Wander around the zoo and take in the immense work that goes into helping the animals.
  • Getting Around. If you don’t fancy walking too far, try one of the many hop on-hop off bus tours. There are several companies offering this service and they are an ideal way to view some great sights where you can hop off and spend some time, or just carry on to the next stop.
  • The Metro. An ideal way to get around and if you plan on more than one journey on the Metro you can purchase a T10 Transport Ticket. This allows 10 journeys on one card and can be more economical than paying for each journey. It can also be used for the whole family, just insert the card for every member that needs to travel. The card will let you know how many journeys you have left each time you use it. These can be purchased at any Metro station.
  • Banks: Opening times of Banks are usually between the hours of 08.30 -14.00. If you need to visit the Bank on your travels, make a note of the opening times. There are many ATM’s available around the city.
  • Shop Opening Hours: As a guide, most large stores open about 10.00am and stay open till about 8.30pm. The smaller shops and stores still have the siesta around 2pm till 4.30pm.

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Posted : Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 14:50
Category : Spotlight
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2 Responses to “Spotlight – long weekends in Barcelona”

  1. Dean says:

    Nice shiney new blog! i like it any chance on hinting at other features in the pipeline? 😉

  2. Chris C says:

    Hi Dean,

    I’m sure we’ll drop a few clues!

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