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If you are in need of a short break, then Barcelona, one of the World's top city break destinations, is well worth a look. Rising from the plains of the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas to the wooded hills high above this cosmopolitan City, Barcelona offers visitors everything from amazing buildings and architecture it is the only city in the world with nine world heritage sites), unmissable museums and galleries, fabulous night-life, boutique fashion and of course the home of the newly crowned Champions League winners. With temperatures still a warm 25 degrees in September and October, the capital of Catalonia is a perfect retreat for couples and families alike. Here’s the lowdown.


HISTORY & SIGHTS Originally founded by the Romans, Barcelona has been controlled by various ruling factions over its history, which has left its mark in the architecture within the city. A stroll around will reveal it in all its glory, from the original ancient walls created by the Romans, through to the works of Catalonia’s most renowned artist Antoni Gaudi. You simply can’t make a visit to Barcelona without taking a look at his most famous


buildings, Sagrada Família and La Pedrera. Another great way to view the city is to head up on the cable car. In September and October this runs from 10am to 7pm and provides a fantastic panoramic view of the Catalan capital.


FOOD Barcelona is home to the best restaurant in the world El Bulli. Owned and run by Ferran Adrià the restaurant receives up to 1,000,000 reservation requests a year, and only 8,000 lucky ones get a table! Find out more at www.elbulli.info for that, but otherwise you can enjoy fantastic food all over Barcelona. Another great idea is one of the walking tours that take you on a flavour-filled journey through the old town to discover Barcelona's cuisine. The only problem you will have with food in Barcelona is picking a place to go. An easy option, though not necessarily offering the best food, is tapas, served pretty much everywhere along La Ramblas, the city's busiest, most colourful boulevard.


The Catalan Capital


NIGHTLIFE Barcelona never sleeps. The city has set the benchmark for the international electronic music scene and dances to the sounds of the world's top DJs. It's also the perfect place for lovers of jazz, rock, Latin rhythms and pop. Whatever you’re into, have a look on www.barcelonaturisme.com, where you can browse through the different sections of the city to find the one that suits you.


SHOPPING Barcelona is a city of retail thoroughfares. The shopping route par excellence is the Barcelona Shopping Line, which showcases top quality, leading brands from around the world; a collection of cutting- edge shops with the latest trends and affordable fashion too. The Shopping Line runs through Port Vell – La Rambla – El Raval – La Ribera – Plaça de Catalunya – Barri Gòtic – Montjuïc. Another option is La Roca Village Outlet Shopping, which has over 100 leading brands featuring discounts of up to 60%


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