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BARCELONA
CITY BREAK

Sunday 08 March 2020

4-days

 


Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites. You can see all of these exciting places with Solent Events on Tour in March 2020! 

Why not take advantage of our EARLYBIRD price, right up  until 15th April!

The weather will be warm bringing pleasantly mild temperatures and plenty of Spring sunshine. … great for some exciting sight-seeing in the many districts, all offering something different and something for everyone!!

Las Ramblas Stroll and enjoy Barcelona’s unique blend of Catalan culture, distinctive architecture, lively nightlife and trendy, stylish hotels. You’ll find Europe’s best-preserved Gothic Quarter here, as well as amazing architectural works by Gaudi. La Sagrada Familia, considered Gaudi’s masterpiece, is still under construction (your entrance fee helps to fund the project). Feel like a picnic? Look no further than the rambunctious La Boqueria market, where you can stock up on local delicacies.

Eixample Pass through the glorious Plaça Catalunya, where you enter the newer city district of Eixample, literally translated as “extension,” which immediately becomes recognisable by its more spacious streets and elegant atmosphere. The main artery of this sizable district, Passeig de Gracia, is lined with high-end international designer stores. Not to be outdone, the glitz and glamour of this zone is perhaps best exemplified by the comfortable and lavish five-star hotels that flank the divine and modernistic buildings from some of the world’s most recognised architects such as Gaudi and Montaner.

Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic) With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighbourhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.

Gracia Gracia literally stands out from the pack!It used to be an independent town until late into the 19th century. Though it’s just a short commute away from the centre, a visit here feels like you’re in a whole different city. The bohemian vibe has drawn many international artists to this area, resulting in a wide selection of galleries, live music and artsy boutique stores. The nightlife is centred around the vibrant Gracia’s plaças, where young and old gather to enjoy a drink outside. Carrer de Verdi, its main street, offers affordable restaurants and a movie theatre that screens new as well as classic films in their original language. However Gracia’s greatest treasure lies just up the hill at Guell Park, where Antoni Gaudi’s vibrant and revolutionary art sculptures stand atop unequaled views of Barcelona.

Barceloneta Originally a fisherman’s quarter, this quaint area can’t escape its small village feel: laundry hanging over the narrow streets, old ladies clamouring at each other from their balconies and elder gentlemen playing games on short wooden benches gossiping the day away, Barceloneta could double as a film set. Artists line the boardwalk displaying their magnificently detailed sand structures making this the most visited beach in the city (the shirtless men working out might help too). You’ll know by the delicious aroma that you’re in the right place to try some of the best and most authentic seafood including paella, Spain’s national dish.

Poblenou The futuristic Agbar Tower stands out from Barcelona’s skyline in Poblenou. It is no coincidence then that this area of town is the newly crowned technological park of the city, its own mini Silicon Valley containing a tech incubator (Barcelona Activa) as well as a host of local and international high tech companies. The ambiance of this area is calmer than the city centre and the beautifully relaxing Bogatell Beach, popular with locals, is just a handful of blocks away.

El Born The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you’ll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.

Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica The sounds of Marina Olympica’s rocking boats and clicking mastheads swaying to and fro set an impressive backdrop for Ciutadella and Villa Olimpica. Follow the aromas of garlic, wine, and fresh local fish to the various restaurants running along the marina. A grand bronze fish statue soaring high above serves as a beacon to those searching for the renowned Casino Barcelona or the extremely popular nightclubs which practically lie on the beach itself.

If you’re a lover of Masterchef, why not treat yourself to a truly unique dining experience on offer at several top restaurants in Barcelona –
‘Dine with a Local Chef’ include Rudi of Pirate Cooking, Ascanio of Sense Coberts, Eva & Olga of Evohe Barcelona and Leire of Delish BCN.

OUT HOTEL:
Our hotel, the 4* Attica 21 Barcelona del Mar boasts 75 rooms in a prime location 300 metres from the beach, in the city’s Diagonal Mar district. This is a modern district with its very own beach and where the rich and wealthy now spend their vacations! It’s quiet, safe and well-connected via metro and other public transport to the city centre. The hotel is less than a 5 minute walk away from the metro station. The hotel features a solarium, a rooftop swimming pool and a sun terrace. Each of the hotel’s en suite bedrooms are fully equipped and include TV, safe mini bar, wi-fi and hairdryer.

NB. For your comfort, a min and max of 25 passengers apply to this exclusive Solent Events Tour (the normal public maximum being 45). Therefore, please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! 

 

£695pp

EARLYBIRD PRICE: Only £670pp 
if booked BEFORE 15 April 19

Luxury Return Coach Travel to

London Heathrow

The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge

Personal Travel Treats

Return scheduled flights with BA

3 nights with breakfast 
4* Attica 21 Barcelona del Mar Hotel

Spanish City Taxes

Half-day Guided City Tour

Air conditioned coach travel

Porterage, one case per person

All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges

Solent Events Escort

 


For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged 
with Success Tours who are fully bonded.

View the Itinerary

An Exclusive Solent Events Tour!

Proposed Itinerary (exact times will be confirmed at a later date)

Day 1
Sunday 08 March 2020
0500      Depart Coliseum Coach Depot

0530      Pick-up Stokes Bay, Gosport
0540      Pick-up Lee on the Solent
0550      Pick-up Stubbington
0600      Pick-up Peak Lane, Fareham
0800      Arrive London Heathrow
              Airport Lounge facilities
1020      BA Flight to Barcelona
1330      Arrive Barcelona El Prat Airport
               20 minute transfer to hotel
FREE AFTERNOON & EVENING
Explore/use hotel pool & solarium facilities
1900      Evening at leisure OR
              Meet Lin for small group dinner if desired

Day 2
Monday 09 March
               Breakfast in the hotel
0900      Meet guide for City Tour – coach & walking
1300      FREE afternoon and evening to explore
1900      Evening at leisure OR
              Meet Lin for small group dinner if desired

Day 3
Tuesday 10 March

               Breakfast in hotel
FREE DAY AT LEISURE OR
0900      Meet Lin in reception for a day of adventure
1900      Evening at leisure OR
              Meet Lin for small group dinner if desired

Day 4
Wednesday 11 March
               Breakfast in hotel & check out
               Leave bags in secure luggage storage
FULL DAY AT LEISURE OR
1000      Meet Lin in reception for a last day of adventure
1545      Meet in reception & collect luggage
1600      Depart for airport
1900      Flight to London Heathrow
2015      Arrive London Heathrow
Meet coach for transfer home
2245      Arrive home area

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