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With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.
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Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Luxury holidays to Barcelona

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    Luxury holidays to Barcelona
    Our luxury holidays to Barcelona include the very best four and five star hotels in the city, all of which provide a superb base for a short city break or as the starting point for your holiday to Catalonia.
    First founded by the Romans, Barcelona is now a dynamic and cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean coast which is charming and exciting all at once. The capital of Catalonia is famed for its staggering concentration of Gothic architecture as well as surreal wonders such as the Sagrada Familia, making it one of the most visited cities in Europe. Previously a relatively overlooked industrial city, Spain’s second city played host to the Olympic Games in 1992, prompting a period of extensive regeneration and leading to its reinvention as a lively holiday destination. Unique architecture, a rich culture with art galleries and museums abound, gourmet restaurants, lively bars, designer boutiques, golden beaches, parks and gardens – Barcelona has it all. An exhilarating destination for a city break, with much more to discover...

    Local highlights

    There are numerous places of interest that visitors should see during their luxury holiday in Barcelona: La Rambla, Spain’s most famous street which is busy at almost any time of the day or night with flower stalls, tarot readers, musicians and mime artists lining the wide walkway which is shaded by trees. The Gothic quarter, a maze of narrow streets and plazas in the old town with architecture dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. This historic area is home to Catalonia’s government buildin, the town hall, a former royal palace and the imposing and intricately-decorated La Seu Cathedral, which includes a beautiful cloister.  Montjuic, a fortress-topped hill in the south of the city with museums, art galleries  and restaurants dotted throughout the spacious gardens. This is also the setting of the 1992 Olympic stadium, the large open space enjoys panoramic views of the city and sea, and is accessible by cable car from the port, by funicular from the base of the hill, by bus or on foot. The harbour area, where almost 3 miles of sandy beaches meet the Olympic port and the older area of Barceloneta, known for its numerous fish restaurants. Parc de la Ciutatella, a popular park with gardens, a boating lake, a zoo, several museums and the striking Catalan Parliament  building. Eixample District, a vast area towards the north of the city which was built according to a grid system and is full of unique buildings which were designed in a ‘Modernista’ (Catalan Art Nouveau) style by the famous Antoni Gaudí and his contemporaries. The most famous building which was designed by Gaudí is the Sagrada Familia, an unconventional church building which is filled with symbolism but is still unfinished. Other famous works of art which feature Gaudí’s trademark curved lines, decorated chimneys, elaborate wrought iron and mosaic decorations include Parc Guell, a colourful park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Casa Batlió, a house with a fascinating interior and exterior and La Pedrera, a curved apartment building. 


    Cuisine

    Cuisine in Barcelona is similar to the rest of Catalonia, taking inspiration from both nearby France and from central Spain whilst making use of local ingredients available including seafood, fresh vegetables, meat and game. Typical dishes include ‘Crema Catalana’ (a Catalan version of a Crème 3rûlée), ‘Pa amb tomàquet’ (bread smeared with tomato, oil and garlic), ‘Fideuá’ (a variant of Paella which uses pasta in place of rice), ‘Zarzuela’ (a seafood stew which is made with fish, prawns, squid and mussels), ‘Escudella’ (a stew containing vegetables, meat, rice and pasta) and unusual ‘sea and mountain’ combinations which use both meat and seafood. Barcelona is home to some of Spain’s best restaurants, with gastronomic chefs creating innovative cuisine and over 20 boasting at least one Michelin star. The best fish and seafood can be found in restaurants in the Barceloneta district, or if you want to buy some local produce yourself then head to the busy La Boqueria market on La Rambla.

    Climate
    Late spring and early autumn are the best times to go on holiday to Barcelona, as the weather is warm with temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade. Summer is often unbearably hot with some shops and restaurants closing in August as locals leave the city to get away from the heat. Winter is mild with occasional rain and average temperatures of 10 degrees, but is an enjoyable time to visit as Christmas markets are held and many celebrations take place.

    Getting out and about

    Barcelona’s public transport network is extensive - The Metro is an extremely convenient way to get around with stations located throughout the city and easy-to-use ticket machines; Buses run frequently throughout the day and night; There are six tram lines which cover parts of the city with no metro line. Visitors can buy a pass which is valid for 10 journeys on the metro, buses and trams, and can be shared between more than one person – extremely worthwhile for stays of a few days. Taxis are readily available throughout the city. 

    There are a huge number of day trips and excursions which those on holiday in Barcelona can enjoy. These include: The Monastery of Montserrat, a religious complex in a spectacular setting atop craggy mountains with chapels, hermits’ caves and numerous nature trails, reached  by a one hour train journey followed by an exhilarating cable-car ride; Wineries in towns such as Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès, both around one hour away by train; Catalan towns and cities including Tarragona (a port city with fascinating Roman remains), Girona (an ancient walled city with a fascinating history), Vic (a quintessentially Catalan town with an outstanding market) and Figueres (home to the renowned Dalí Theatre-Museum), all of which can be easily reached by train or bus

    Travel arrangements

    By air: Barcelona-El Prat Airport is served by many international airlines including British Airways and Easyjet. The airport is located 7.5 miles southwest of Barcelona city centre.

    Travel from airport: Trains to the city centre leave the airport every half hour, taking approximately half an hour and allowing you to transfer to the city’s Metro system; Buses run at least every 20 minutes, taking just over half an hour to reach the city centre; Taxis are readily available but not always the fastest means of transport. 

    By rail: Estació de Barcelona-Sants is the main inter-city railway station, with services running within Spain and to cities in France and beyond. Other stations include Estació de França, Passeig de Gràcia and Plaça de Catalunya. 

    Travel from train station: All train stations within Barcelona offer easy access to the extensive Metro system as well as buses and trams; Taxis are plentiful.

    Two centre recommendations

    Barcelona can be used as a starting point for any holiday in Catalonia. Take a few days to explore the city from one of our luxury city hotels before moving on to a beach resort on the Costa Brava or a hillside retreat in the Pyrenees.

  • A Grand Tour of Spain

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    Discover the highlights of Spain by car and by rail

    Spanish art and architecture tour

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    Enjoy a brief introduction to the artistic and architectural heritage of Spain

    Basque Country and Catalonia by rail

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    Travel by train to Basque Country & Catalonia

    Barcelona La Rioja and Bilbao by rail

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    Travel through Northern & Southern Spain by rail
  • Hotel Granados 83 - Luxury holidays to Barcelona

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    Hotel Granados 83 is a modern, four-star hotel in Barcelona.

    Grand Hotel Central Barcelona - Luxury holidays to Barcelona

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    The five-star Grand Hotel Central combines 1920s glamour with modern style in the centre of Barcelona.

    Hotel Casa Fuster - Luxury holidays to Barcelona

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    The five-star Hotel Casa Fuster is a remarkable monument in a commanding location in central Barcelona.

    Hotel Claris - Luxury holidays to Barcelona

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    Hotel Claris is a stylish five-star hotel in the Eixample quarter of Barcelona where old and new collide.

    Hotel Miramar - Luxury holidays to Barcelona

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    The five-star Hotel Miramar offers a taste of seaside indulgence in a quiet corner of Barcelona.

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