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Barcelona

Locals affectionately refer to the Catalonian capital as La Gran Encisera, "The Great Enchantress", and not without reason. Home to the greatest collection of Art Nouveau architecture on the planet, an artistic legacy of similar calibre, great beaches, and arguably the best nightlife on the mainland, it's little wonder that short breaks to Barcelona are so popular.

The city's centrepiece is Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia, an awe-inspiring cathedral still being finished off today.If shopping is more for you head for Las Ramblas, the city's main thoroughfare and most famous street, is as popular with locals as it is with visitors. All roads on short breaks to Barcelona lead to this one, where bird-sellers, buskers and street artists vie for your attention against older monuments such as Gran Teatre del Liceu and Palau de la Virreina.

Leading off Las Ramblas, the jigsaw of streets in the Gothic Quarter forms the atmospheric heart of the city. As charming as ever for visitors notching up their second or third city breaks to Barcelona, it's an intriguing warren of fascinating architecture, chic bistros, smoky tapas bars and raucous nightlife.

 

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