Barcelona Guided City Break
Embrace colourful Catalan culture in the vibrant city of Gaudi
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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.
- 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
- 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
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:
|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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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
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
Admission fees: Most admission costs are not included in the cost of the holiday. We do include the admission costs to La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. You should allow around €40 for the other entrance costs, although reductions on admission costs are often available for students and senior citizens.
Local transport: During this City Break the sightseeing programme will involve the use of the metro. You can purchase a book of ten tickets, the T-10, which can be used on either the bus or metro and costs around €10. Your leader will provide further information on arrival in Barcelona.
In the evenings: This holiday is sold on a Bed and Breakfast basis. However, your leader will make arrangements at local restaurants should members of the group wish to eat together. You will find that most guests enjoy dining together but the choice is yours. If you do choose to dine independently, your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.
‘With Flight’ holidays
For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
We offer flights from Heathrow to Barcelona.
If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes 40 minutes.
All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included. For more information about travelling from Barcelona airport, visit this website: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/airport/barcelona-airport-transport.html
Some City Break itineraries can involve sightseeing on your arrival day, depending on flight times. If you travel independently and arrive after the HF Holidays' flight, you may miss some of the first day's activities (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). If your flight arrival time coincides with that of the HF Holidays' flight you can join our hotel transfer at a cost of £17.50 (single). Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet this transfer.
Sue has led City Breaks, discovery tours, walking holidays and long-distance trails in the UK and overseas for HF Holidays. Having lived and worked overseas for 18 years in the USA, France, Spain and Saudi Arabia, she has a passion for other cultures and languages. Sue has some great tales to tell about her experiences including living through a military coup and negotiating desert border crossings.
Sue loves learning different languages and discovering their similarities and difference. She can speak Spanish and French fluently and has a good working knowledge of Catalan and German. Sue’s other interests include walking (of course), good food, wine and history. She enjoys visiting new places and making the connection between languages.
Francis has been involved with the teaching of European foreign languages (he speaks seven) and group overseas travel all over Europe throughout his working career. He believes that the perfect recipe for instilling pleasure in travelling combined with an appreciation and understanding of a different culture is through a mixture of visiting cultural and historical sites, enjoying the lifestyle and cuisine of the host destination. This is his aim for the groups he leads and he will do his utmost to ensure this happens.
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Dates & Prices
|12 May 2019||BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights||3||£399.00||Book Now|
|12 May 2019||
BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)
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|25 Sep 2019||BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights||4||£469.00||Book Now|
|29 Sep 2019||BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights||3||£399.00||Book Now|
|2 Oct 2019||
BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
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|2 Oct 2019||BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights||4||£469.00||Book Now|
|6 Oct 2019||BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights||3||£399.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £30 per night
- Allow approximately €90 for entrance fees and local transport
- Extra night: £51
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person