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Barcelona – The Vibrant Capital of Catalunya

04th July 2012

A weekend in Barcelona is like no other. The intoxicating combination of art, culture and entertainment, teamed with Catalunyian charm and a superb location on the Mediterranean make Barcelona one of the most desirable cities for a short European break. 

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Experience the delights of the city shaped by Gaudí

Now Jet2.com makes this even more accessible with regular flights from Leeds Bradford. Why not try out our basic itinerary below.

Friday

After a quick breakfast at Leeds Bradford Airport, take the Jet2.com 09.00am flight to Barcelona. Arrive Barcelona El Prat International Airport at 12.45 local time. You can then decide on the Barcelona Airport Bus, the local RENFE train or a taxi. Tour transfer time to the centre of Barcelona will take between 30 and 40 minutes.

After checking in and having a bite of lunch, why not head for Las Ramblas. Stretching 1.2 km from Placa Catalunya down to the Port Vell this street is a must for any visitor to Barcelona. The area is mostly

pedestrianised and during the afternoon to late evening you can sit in the centre with a bottle of Cava at one of the many street cafes.

Las Ramblas also holds some interesting tourist attractions from the many street entertainers to the Museum of Erotica; you can easily spend a whole afternoon in this evocative area.

Saturday

Get up early and plan to enjoy the Modernistic splendor of Antoni Gaudí. Known as the first son of Catalunya, Antoni Gaudí was one of the most influential architects in Spanish history. Barcelona is literally

littered with examples of his unique approach to design.

Places of note are La Sagrada Familia - his unfinished masterpiece cathedral, The Park Guell - a magical space showing a good representation of Gaudí’s love of colour and organic twisted natural

stone forms or the Casa Milo, better known as the ‘La Predara’ or the quarry - again this is a fascinating view of Gaudí’s style and you can visit a typical apartment of the era and the spectacular roof-scape.

Even if you are not particularly interested in architecture the wonder of these attractions cannot be missed. Alternatively, if Barcelona FC is playing at home try and get a ticket to see first hand one of the greatest football teams in the world. The locals are avid supporters of the team and know how to enjoy their football.

Sunday

A Sunday morning in Barcelona is a relaxed affair. It could be a good time to visit one of the Guadi locations you didn’t manage to see on Saturday, alternatively, wonder down to the beach and explore the port area of Barcelona.

Unlike a lot of city breaks it is not always possible to spend some time by the sea but Barcelona boasts a great beach area. Even in the depth of winter, wrapped up warmed Barcelona is quite often blessed with fine sunny days.

After having a walk by the port, head back up towards the ‘Gothic’quarter of the city. Considered to be the old town of Barcelona, the Barri Gotic is a collection of narrow cobbled streets and tall gothic

buildings that used to house the likes of Picasso. Spending time in this historical part of Barcelona and tasting the delights of the Catalunyian cuisine is a memorable way to end your short break before heading

back the airport. Catch 19.40 flight and you will be back at Leeds Bradford at 19.15 very relaxed and with an urge to return. 

Posted in Where2 Magazine

July 04, 2012 at 11:29

Tagged with Capital of Catalunya, Barcelona Architecture, Gaudi Tourism, Cheap Flights to Barcelona