Passionate, sophisticated and devoted to living the good life, Spain is at once a stereotype come to life and a country more diverse than you ever imagined. It’s diverse landscapes stir the soul. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up improbably from the sun-baked plains of Andalucía; these are hiking destinations of the highest order. And everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, huddle in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain. Spend as long as you can in places like these.
Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture, and a world-class drinking and dining scene. The deep blue Mediterranean beckons. Sun-drenched beaches make a fine backdrop to a jog, bike ride or long leisurely stroll along the seaside – followed by a refreshing dip of course. Towering temple columns, ancient city walls and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino. Barcelona has also long inspired artists, including the likes of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, whose works are in bold display in the city’s myriad museums.
In the Eixample
Fly to Barcelona El Prat International Airport followed by a 25 minutes car ride (Approx. 14 kms)
Madrid to Barcelona – 3 h 45 min & followed by 10 minutes car ride (Approx. 5 kms)
Costa Brava, Madrid, Ibiza, Seville
Best time to visit
Barcelona is a year-round destination, as ideal for a long weekend city break as for a six-month sabbatical.