Barcelona & Catalonia

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Barcelona combines everything you could want on a Mediterranean break: lots of sights, a curving sweep of glamorous sandy beach and an array of chic restaurants and stylish bars that stay open until the small hours. We like the gritty cobbled streets of El Born, with its little tapas joints and cocktail bars which shake a mean caipirinha. In direct contrast is Eixample, a large district in the centre of the city with beautiful architecture, including imposing Plaça Catalunya and the Passeig de Gràcia with its unusual boutiques and designer shops. Gaudí infl uences from all corners, with spooky Casa Battló peering over the city centre to quirky, colourful Parc Güell, with its curving rainbow of mosaic tiles.

The dominating Sagrada Familia boldly reaches skywards with its unfi nished towers: one side a daring, modern ingress, the other a romantic, crumbling façade. La Rambla is a wide Pedestrianised swathe down the city centre; ignore the tourist tat and throw yourself into La Boqueria, an ancient food market bristling with energy and local fl avour. After dark try Catalonian tapas either standing at the bar at one of the tiny outlets in El Born or among the fashion houses at Tapaç 24 off the Passeig de Gràcia. End your night at Dry Martini, a revered speakeasy where gloved waiters in white tuxedos create - you guessed it - the best martinis, and chill the next day on a daybed at La Barceloneta's laidback beaches.


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Best time to be there

Spain is best visited in the springtime, when the temperatures are generally warm and comfortable. Autumn is equally comfortable, though less green and the landscapes are drier. July and August are very hot.

Fly to

Barcelona, Malaga and Madrid (British Airways); Palma (British Airways or bmi)

flying time

2 hours - Spain
2.5 hours - Mallorca
4 hours - Tenerife

time difference

GMT +1 hour

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Madrid City Breaks

Nights: 3 | from £625pp

No city on earth is more alive: with its deep and infectious passion for life, it is often said that Madrid is the most Spanish of Spain’s cities. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Northern Spain Culinary Delights

Nights: 4 | from £1,975pp

Discover of the cuisine and charm of Spain’s Basque region, exploring the cities of San Sebastián and Bilbao, and nearby villages, with expert insight... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Barcelona City Breaks

Nights: 3 | from £625pp

Tantalising aromas tempt the senses in Barcelona; add the whimsical works of Gaudí, the narrow medieval streets and amazing architecture and you’ve got... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Spain

Nights: 9 | from £2,950pp

Viva España indeed! This ten-day trip takes in four of Spain’s most celebrated cities, from the beach-chic of Barcelona to spirited Seville, with plenty... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Hostal de la Gavina

Hostal de la Gavina is a luxury clifftop retreat in the heart of the Costa Brava. Set between two unspoiled bays, the hotel’s spectacular scenery and... Find out more

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El Palace Hotel

A well-known city landmark, El Palace Hotel has been through all of the remarkable events which have affected Barcelona, during the last century. All... Find out more

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Hotel España

Conveniently located in the heart of Barcelona's historic centre, Hotel España is near to the popular areas of Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Opened... Find out more

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Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is an elegant, mid 20th Century building with a highly stylised, modern interior designed by Spanish born Patricia Urquiola.... Find out more

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Barcelona to Monte Carlo Ft. Silversea Cruises

Nights: 14 | from £3,550pp

Contrast the glitz of Monte Carlo with the rustic prettiness of Elba on a voyage that brings out the best of the Mediterranean’s history, art, and culture. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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