RelatedBarcelona: Staff FavouritesBarcelona: Staff FavouritesBargains of the week: Edinburgh | Milan | BarcelonaBargains of the week: Edinburgh | Milan | BarcelonaBarcelona has ‘range of offerings’ for those on city breaksThe appeal of city breaks in Barcelona lies in the fact that the city has something to offer travellers on all budgets. 6. CaixaForumThe CaixaForum is a world away from the traditional arts you will see through Barcelona. Formerly a textile factory, it’s now been converted into the vibrant CaixaForum, home of contemporary arts, exhibitions, a cinema, children’s art workshops, and events. Collections feature Dali, Fragonard and Freud with constantly changing temporary exhibitions that appeal to all the family. Once you’ve visited the exhibitions head to the terrace for views across Barcelona. Best of all, entry is free, though tickets are required for some exhibitions. 8. Take a cooking classBarcelonians are proud of their Catalan cuisine and what better way to experience this than through an authentic cooking workshop? BarcelonaCooking offer daily morning and evening cooking classes giving you hands on experience preparing Catalan dishes. A typical class begins with a visit to La Boqueira Mercat to buy local produce for your class before returning to the kitchen to cook appetizers, soup, paella and dessert. Price from €78. Discover more delicious Spanish dishes, with our top foods to try in Spain. 5. Parc de la CiutadellaThe city has a staggering 68 parks, but one of the biggest and most popular places to visit in Barcelona is Parc de la Ciutadella. Take a rowing boat on the lake, admire the fountains and medieval Castell dels Tres Dragons or head to Barcelona Zoo. Craving peace and quiet? Santa Caterina’s Market is a short walk to the south, so stock up on delicious picnic goodies and find a spot for lunch under the lush green palm trees. 7. Visit El BornMany flock to La Rambla for shopping or the Gothic Quarter for historic architecture, and if it’s your first time in Barcelona then these are not to be missed. However, if you’re looking for an area with local charm head to the El Born district, sandwiched between the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Gothic Quarter. Here you will find the Museu Picasso de Barcelona, MUTT Bookshop & Art Gallery and the Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum). The main shopping street, despite being rather narrow is Carrer dels Flassaders, lined with medieval buildings and filled with boutiques, vintage shops and cool watering holes like the tiny El Born Bar (Passeig del Born). This is also a must for those with an interest in photography, with the Impossible Project Barcelona gallery and many photography workshops and tours based here. 4. Font MagicaThe Font Magica (Montjuïc Magic Fountain) is one of Barcelona’s most enchanting sights. It was created for the 1929 International Exhibition, located at the Palace of Montjuïc. The ‘magic’ of this fountain happens every weekend (includes Thursdays during the summer), with 30 minute shows in which the water fountains dance to the lights and rhythm of the music. Songs vary from classical music to the Star Wars soundtrack! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: 9. Museu d’Historia de Barcelona (Barcelona City History Museum)Barcelona’s City History Museum is a little different to your typical history museum. Across the three levels, the main attraction is underground where you will find excavations of Barcelona from the Roman era, when the city was known as Barcino. The excavations across the 4000sqm area include a factory, a laundry workshop and a church offering a look into the daily life of Romans in the ancient city. Entry is €7 (includes access to the other four MUHBA museums: Museu Casa Verdaguer, Espai Santa Caterina, CCCB and Refugi 307.).Book flights to Barcelona nowSearch Barcelona hotelsWant more? We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Spain, from the Costa del Sol to Madrid:Spains’s best castles and fortressesA country steeped in history, Spain has its fair share of charming castles for you to explore. Here are 15 of the most spectacular.Alternative places to visit on the Costa Del SolThere is more to Spain’s southern coast than simply beach bars and cheap beer. So, before you pass it off as a one trick pony, read on and discover what else Spain’s Costa del Sol has to offer.What to do in Madrid: top attractionsWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…*Published October 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 3. Picasso MuseumThe Picasso Museum is rightly one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions and tells a thorough and fascinating story of the young artist’s development, remaining the only Picasso collection opened in his lifetime. Housed in five connected Catalan Gothic palaces in El Born, the museum now is one of the most complete collections of Picasso’s works of art, with over 4000 pieces on display. The permanent collection is supported by temporary exhibitions exploring Picasso’s life, artistic interests and his love of Barcelona. Tickets are €14 and can be bought online in advance. Can’t get enough of Picasso? Visit the definitive Picasso Museum in his hometown of Malaga, one of our top tips for the Andalusian city. Air FranceJet2Thomas Cook 2. Head to the beachesBarcelona is thought to be one of the best city-beach break destinations in the world with 32km of Blue Flag beaches running alongside the centre. Barceloneta Beach is the closest to the city, which due to its proximity can quickly get crowded. Go for the local’s favourite instead, and head a little further along the coast to the beaches north of Port Olimpic such as Nova Mar Bella and Bogatell, a 15 minute walk from Barceloneta. Both have parasol and chair hire, ping pong tables and volleyball courts as well as lots of cafes and restaurants nearby. You can get the metro or tram to Selva de Mar to get to Nova Mar Bella, or hire a bike and take the scenic cycle path. 1. Tour Gaudi’s WorksGaudi’s influence on Barcelona is immediately apparent; his work is a fundamental part of the city’s landscape. The seven Gaudi sites to visit in Barcelona are Park Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicen, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and the crypt of the church at Colonia Guell and it is worth seeing them all first hand, either at your own pace or joining one of the many guided Gaudi walking tours. The Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudi’s signature work, has international recognition as the symbol of Barcelona. Explore rippling columns and atmospheric temples inspired by nature and designed to make the best use of the light, then head to the towers where you can enjoy views of the city skyline. Come back at dusk to see the building lit up against the night sky. €15 for entry, €29 for entry with access to the towers.