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WHEN TO GO: Barcelona is a great city break destination all year round thanks to it’s coastal climate. It also never gets too hot, a major plus in a city, so it’s ripe for a visit at all times of year.

throughout the year. It’s just 40 minutes from Barcelona, en route for the Costa Brava. A shopper’s paradise. The Corte Ingles department store in Plaza Catalunya, is a major and centrally located store, and the Illa Diagonal or the more central Bulevard Rosa offers a host of nice fashion boutiques. Also do not miss a walk on Paseo de Gracia for the best brand shops in Barcelona.

FOOTBALL Any football fan in the world would love to visit the

Nou Camp. Home to the Champions League winners, the Barcelona side includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa to name but a few. If you can, catch a game then do, with a capacity of just under 100,000 you cannot fail to get swept up in the atmosphere and passion of being a 'Barca' fan, otherwise, you can visit the stadium museum and get a tour. Find out more at

WHERE TO STAY: As with the restaurants there are simply stacks of hotels around to suit all budgets. For those who are looking for luxury and with cost not an object, the Hotel Omm offers stylish accommodation on Passeig de Gràcia, 5 minutes’walk from Gaudí’s La Pedrera. It features a rooftop swimming pool and a terrace offering excellent views of Barcelona. A room at the Hotel Omm will range from £200 – over £500 per night.

If your budget is slightly more conservative then Hotel Pulitzer is right next to Plaza Catalunya in the centre of Barcelona. A double or twin room will set you back somewhere in the region of £120 per night. Finally, if you are on a tight budget, then then newly built Abba Rambla Hotel, set in the Raval District, 500 metres from Las Ramblas and Liceu Metro Station is a comfortably, well decorated, air-conditioned hotel that offers a double room for just £90 per night.

FLIGHTS: You can fly easy jet from Bristol to Barcelona for as little £40 each way.

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