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48 Hours in Barcelona

Barcelona’s close proximity to the beach makes it perfect for sun worshippers and culture seekers alike. The skyline of the city is dominated by the vision of the architect, Antoni Gaudi, whose work spans from the private residences Casa Batlló and Casa Milà to his unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia church. Gaudi’s unique style is synonymous with Barcelona and is by far one of the biggest draws for tourists on city-breaks, so if you’d prefer to get a bit further away from the hustle and bustle then visit Park Güell, Gaudi’s shrine to the beauty of the natural world. It’s up a hill so you can even call it a workout. Worth it for a beautiful view of the city.

Delightful cocktails and of course, Sangria, can be found around almost every corner in the city, with a particular favourite being Marmalade. This bar is less than five minutes walk from the main shopping district of Las Ramblas and boasts pretty much every cocktail you can think of for under seven euros. If you’re hungry head to Brunch and Cake. This little backstreet cafe is off the beaten track and so popular you may have to wait to be seated, but a portion of banana bread with mascarpone cream and grilled banana is completely worth your patience.

With four kilometers of beach right next to the city, there is always space to sunbathe, but if you are a typically British sweaty mess after 3 minutes of uninterrupted sunshine, Barcelona outdoes itself with an abundance of air conditioned museums to duck into when it all gets a bit too much. If you’re into taxidermy and good gift shops, the natural history museum, Museu Blau, is a safe bet. One of the city’s hidden gems is the chocolate museum, where you can learn about the history of chocolate whilst chowing down on your entry pass (also made of chocolate!)

No matter what time of year you choose to visit Barcelona, there will be more than enough to occupy your time and plenty of places to spend all your euros.

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