Barcelona Guided City Break

Sagrada Familia  in Barcelona
Duration: 5 nights
Type: European Centre Based

A guided City Break with an HF Holidays’ leader is the ideal way to explore Barcelona with its abundance of art, parks and its attractive coastal location. Stroll down Las Ramblas to the Christopher Columbus monument and take in the Gothic Qarter. Explore Gaudi's masterpieces - the Sagrada Familia, the colourful Parc Güell and the famous Casa Mila. Sample the local flavours - fresh seafood, tapas and Catalan dishes - Barcelona has it all. Wander down tree-lined boulevards and along the harbour, and explore Montjuic, home of the Barcelona Olympics.

Holiday Highlights

Each day our experienced leader will lead you on a sightseeing walk of Barcelona, exploring the different areas of the city. Although you should expect to spend most of the day sightseeing by foot, Barcelona’s metro network will also be used during the programme.

Highlights of the sightseeing programme include:

  • Las Ramblas, probably the most famous of Mediterranean promenades
  • Sagrada Familia, the city's most distinct landmark, still unfinished after 100 years.
  • Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city, and Barcelona's favourite park
  • Gothic Quarter, part of the old town which stretches west of the Ramblas
  • Small, sociable groups of up to 14 guests

What’s included

  • A full programme of sightseeing
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
  • Good quality and centrally located accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Visits to Sagrada Famílía and Parc Güell

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Each day our experienced leader will lead you on a sightseeing walk of Barcelona, exploring the different areas of the city. Although you should expect to spend most of the day sightseeing by foot, Barcelona’s metro network will also be used during the programme.

Highlights of the sightseeing programme include:

In the footsteps of Gaudí: Antoni Gaudí’s Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Güell Park &  La Pedrera

Today we visit what is undoubtedly the city’s most famous symbol, Antoni Gaudí’s Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, expressing the Catalan desire to glorify uniqueness and endeavour. This beautiful building inspires awe by its fantastic nature and the manner of the great medieval cathedrals it emulates, despite still being under construction. 
We also visit Güell Park - this World Heritage Site was originally designed by Gaudí to be a private garden estate; it’s now a public park, laid out on a hill with fabulous views of the city and scattered with an eccentric collection of architectural curiosities including the astonishing Chamber of Columns and fabulous ceramic mosaics and decorations, together with his pink-spired house, now the Museu Gaudí. We’ll view the exterior of Gaudi’s apartment building, officially called Casa Milà, but more often known by its unflattering nickname, La Pedrera which means stone quarry. 
Next we see the exterior of Mansana de la Discòrdia, The Block of Discord. The group of buildings gets its name because these three adjacent buildings, built by three different architects. show off wildly different interpretations of Modernista style and spirit. Casa Lleó Morera is by Domènch i Montaner, while the striking Casa Amatller was designed by Puig i Cadafalch. However, it’s Gaudí’s Casa Batlló that has the most fascinating exterior. Locals call it casa del drac, house of the dragon, for its façade with balconies like bony jaws, while the roof represents Sant Jordi and the dragon.

It’s possible to visit more than one of these buildings and see the fabulous interiors if you wish. Do bear in mind that we’re here in the late afternoon and you may need to return to the hotel independently if you wish to spend more time at any location.

The old city and beyond: Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) - taking in Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya, La Seu and La Ribeira

The city’s Gothic Quarter is an intriguing labyrinth of atmospheric, narrow streets. We stroll along the famous street of Las Ramblas, probably the most celebrated of Mediterranean promenades. Passing the Gothic cathedral, we are surrounded by a wonderful array of medieval buildings. We also visit La Seu, Barcelona’s historic cathedral. Not to be missed is the magnificent 14th century cloister, complete with a tropical garden and 13 white geese! We’ll then wander through La Ribeira, whose main street, Carrer Montcada, has an extraordinary succession of palaces built by the opulent merchant princes. We’ll also explore the Museu Picasso, which houses one of the most important collections in the world.

Montjuïc and its museums- the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Olympic Site & Fundació Joan Miró

4 night holiday only

Montjuïc, the hill overlooking the city, has been the city’s favourite park since it was founded in the 1890s. We approach it from Plaça Espanya via terraces of fountains which stand in front of the majestic Palau Nacional, home to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. We’ll then stroll through the park to the Olympic Site, whose original stadium was built for the ‘Alternative’ Olympics in 1936, which were organised as an alternative to the Nazis’ infamous Berlin games of that year. 
You now have some free time. You may wish to return to La Pedrera or Casa Battló for a visit if you haven’t already done so, or remain in Montjuïc and visit the stunning Fundació Joan Miró, taking the cable car down to Barceloneta later in the afternoon. Another option is to catch a bus to the top of the hill and Castell de Montjuic, Barcelona’s castle, where from the outer walls there are outstanding views of the whole of Barcelona    

Hotel del Mar - Barcelona

The 3-star Hotel del Mar is centrally located in Barcelona, between the Gothic Quarter and the beaches of Barceloneta, just 15 minutes' stroll from the famous 'La Rambla'.


The hotel offers 72 comfortable en-suite rooms with a functional yet elegant decor.

All rooms are equipped with:

  • Heating/air conditioning
  • Satellite flat-screen TV
  • WiFi
  • Telephone
  • Safe (small charge)
  • Hairdryer


The Hotel del Mar has a lobby area, tastefully decorated in a maritime theme, free newspapers, 24-hour reception and a lift.

The hotel also provides a tourist information point, tickets sale and vending machines.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at the Hotel del Mar are on a Bed and Breakfast basis.


Hotel del Mar offers a continental buffet breakfast served in the breakfast room.

Lunch (payable locally)

Lunches can be bought during the day in local cafés or shops - or you may prefer to make up a small packed lunch. Your leader will advise you of the options each day.

Evening meal

In the evenings enjoy group dining at carefully selected restaurants or dine independently if you prefer. Your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.

Your Evenings

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, taken either independently or with your fellow guests.

Your leader will also be checking out for any local events.

Getting to Hotel del Mar - Barcelona

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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5 nights
European Centre Based

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