A ramble through the architectural delights of Barcelona

My girlfriend and I are thinking of going to Spain for a couple of days in November. We have decided that we would like to go to Barcelona as we have heard that it is a beautiful city with lots to do. What would you recommend we see and do while we are there?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of going to Spain for a couple of days in November. We have decided that we would like to go to Barcelona as we have heard that it is a beautiful city with lots to do. What would you recommend we see and do while we are there?

Barcelona is one of Spain’s top tourist destinations and is a fantastic location for a city break. From great bars to stunning architecture, Barcelona is a city that you can visit time and time again without ever getting bored.

November is a great time of year to visit the city because the weather is very pleasant. Even in mid-November it’s not uncommon to see people walking around in t-shirts and many of the terraces are still open. It is also the best weather to visit the main attractions and museums as there are fewer tourists around.

With a history among the oldest in Europe this city is sure to capture your imagination. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture are sure to keep you amused for hours on end.

Park Güell is a great place to immerse yourself in the distinct works of artist Antoni Gaudí. The park consists of narrow twisting paths and plant life, as well as colourful mosaics, tiles and sculptures. This is a great place for a relaxing walk with lots of interesting and enjoyable architecture with emphasis onred stone and white-roofed gate houses. After this site, you will certainly be able to recognise any Gaudí design in the city.

Barcelona is an extremely practical city to shop in with almost all the main shops concentrated in the centre of the city. Make sure to visit El Corte Inglés department store in Plaza Catalunya which offers everything from the latest fashions to electrical goods. Also do not miss a walk on Paseo de Gracia for the best high street brands in Barcelona including Mango, Zara and Bershka.

While you are walking around the city you must visit Las Ramblas, one of the city’s most famous streets. On this bustling walkway you can enjoy street performers, restaurant bars, many stalls and street musicians. From here you should hop onto the Tramvia Blau for a tram trip up to the top of Tibidabo and take in the magnificent sights of the city below you.

Barcelona is the city that never sleeps, so why not begin your night with a sunset drink at a Chiringuito bar on the Barceloneta beach and then after dark join the locals for a pub crawl at the Barri Gotic for a huge selection of tapas bars, wine bars, cocktail lounges and even some Irish pubs!

Where to stay

Expo Hotel Barcelona (****)

Prices start from €69 per room per night with Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This four-star hotel boasts modern interior design and is located in the Sants-Montjuic neighbourhood of Barcelona. The hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool as well as a snack bar and a great rooftop terrace which is open to relax or enjoy a meal in. If the weather is nice, a visit to the rooftop is a must as it provides great views of the surrounding city.

Confortel Barcelona (****)

Prices start from €81 per room per night with Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This hotel is located near the Olympic Port, just four blocks from the sea. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the fitness facility and the rooftop pool with offers great views of the city and the Mediterranean. The Hotel also houses a bar and à la carte restaurant which offers a varied menu.

Husa Oriente (***)

Prices start from €116 per room per night with Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The Husa Oriente occupies a 19th centre building in the centre of Barcelona and only steps from Gran Teatre del Liceu. This hotel is the ideal base for those looking to do a spot of shopping with Las Ramlas just minutes away. Guests can relax and unwind in the hotel bar after a long day of shopping and sightseeing in the city.

The 3-star Hotel Husa Oriente is located right in the very heart of Las Ramblas in Barcelona and is superbly located right beside the Barrio Gótico and near Plaza Catalunya and the famous Boqueria market, just 1 minute from the Liceu metro station and less than 500 metres from Port Vell in Barcelona.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!