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ake a refreshing dip on sun-drenched

beaches - perfect for a leisurely stroll

at sunset, while the more energetic

can try out kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding

and a wide range of water

sports. The forest-covered Collserola

Hills provide a scenic backdrop for

hiking, mountain biking or just admiring

the view. Closer to the city centre,

hilltop Montjuïc offers endless exploring

amid botanic and sculpture gardens, an

old castle and first-rate museums with

panoramic views at every turn.

FOODIE HEAVEN

Enjoy the simple, flavourful ingredients

of Catalan cooking from market-fresh

produce which are transformed into tasty

delights and served up in captivating

settings. Feast on hearty, rich paella at

an outdoor table overlooking the sea or

step back to the 1920s at an elegant art

nouveau-filled dining room. Then ofcourse there

are the tapas bars, Galician

seafood taverns, avant-garde Japanese

restaurants and sinful chocolate shops

which are all part of food heaven found

in Barcelona.

Tapas bars are a must do dining event in

Barcelona where patatas bravas, crispy

fried squid, tomato bread, paella fried

rice, crunchy baked mussels, smoked

paprika peppers and a variety of tortillas

and smoky skewered meats are the

norm. All washed down of course by

a refreshing bottle of Spanish beer !

The culinary trend in Barcelona is to

eat Basque tapas which are plates of

bite-sized goodies served atop a piece

of bread. Tradition calls for you to pick

at the food with toothpicks, and at the

end of the night you will be charged for

the number of toothpicks that you have

used. Get stuck in to ham empanadillas(a

type of pie), pintxos made of chicken

tempura with saffron mayonnaise, melted

provolone with mango and ham, or a

mini-brochette of pork.

TWENTY-FOUR HOUR

PARTY PEOPLE

Barcelona is the ultimate place to party

due to is enviable mixture of bustling

city meets beach party central. Start

with sunset drinks from a panoramic

terrace or dig your heels in the sand

at a rustic beachside chiringuito. As

darkness falls sample the rapid-fire

rhythms of flamenco, brassy jazz spilling

out of basements, and wave your arms

in the air to rock at vintage concert

halls. Late at night take your pick from

old-school taverns adorned with 19thcentury murals, plush lounges in lamp-lit

medieval chambers or boisterous cava

bars. If you're still standing at 3am,

hit the clubs and explore Barcelona's

unabashed wild side.

ARCHITECTURE

Spanning over 2000 years with towering

temple columns, ancient city walls and

subterranean stone corridors from the

Roman-era. Take a stroll through the

Middle-Ages in the shadowy lanes of

the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas

and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. Be

inspired by the sculptural masterpieces of

Modernism such as the colourful Gaudí

Catalan architecture, for which this city

is so well known. Visit the museums and

seek out works by world renown artists

such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso.

Destination Focus

BARCELONA

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture,

fabled architecture, and a world-class drinking and dining scene.

The Christopher Columbus Statue marks the entrance to the port

and the start of Las Ramblas pedestrian area - lined with shops, bars

and restaurants where street entertainers keep you entertained.

Perhaps visit the famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral which was

started in 1882 and is still not complete. Universal's Port Aventura

theme Park is situated close by, there is also the Picasso Museum,

Gaudi Architecture and the Barcelona FC museum.

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Top 10 things to do:

1: Seek out Gaudi architecture such as

Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera

2: Take a dip in the Med on four

kilometres of Barcelona's beaches

3: Have Tapas

4: Sip a cocktail on a terrace at sunset

5: Enjoy a hedonistic late night out

6: Discover the City on foot

7: Visit the Picasso Museum

8: Climb Up the Monjuiic Hill for

great views

9: Chow down on fresh seafood

10: Learn about the city's history.

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