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Barcelona is the weekend break of dreams: no other city comes close to its swag, spirit and iconic sights. 

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The first thing you’ll notice about Catalonia’s capital is its looks: the city’s star son, Gaudí, gave it wonky marvels like the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Casa Mila. But beyond the master architect’s influence, Barcelona’s beauty holds its own: take the fortress-like Parc de Montjuic, or the heart-stealing medieval lanes of the Gothic Quarter.  

But of course, it’s not just a pretty face – Barcelona is a culture and culinary powerhouse, brimming with venerated institutions (the Picasso Museum, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the list goes on) and ridiculously tasty food. You can wrestle for bar space at stubbornly old-school tapas joints or be dazzled by wild culinary feats at Michelin-starred outfits. When thirst strikes, you’re never short of options – world-class cocktail bars and welcoming brew pubs abound. And there’s dancing, lots of dancing: in the Plaça de Catalunya, in fiery salsa clubs, in sweaty techno boxes. Barcelona will make you want to boogie.