Hospitalet De Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Pool bar with superb cocktail menu
You and I we're flyin' on an aeroplane tonight... we're going somewhere where the sun is shining bright. If you sang that then 1. you're probs an Ed Sheeran fan (welcome to the club) and 2. you'll now have a hankering for drinking sangria and dancing in the streets. Good news! With these last-minute Barcelona holibobs, you could be doing all that and more (namely, feelin' that summer breeze) as soon as this weekend if you fancied. Just imagine the look on your colleagues' faces on Monday morning when you show them your sunny snaps of la Sagrada Familia. Anywho, enough rambl-ing on, you'll want to get that beach break booked, so as they say in España, vamos!
Booking a last-minute jolly to Barcelona is as easy as ABaC once you've found the right hotel, it's all the searching for that perfect stay that takes the time. So, to speed up the process, here are some we reckon you're gonna love.
Barcelona is an unbelievably romantic destination, with its rooftop bars, cobbled streets for strolling down and all that dancin' around la Sagrada Familia. Plus, we're pretty sure you'll get unlimited brownie points from the other half for booking your next couples' getaway to one of these swanky spots.
We've got budget Barcelona beach breaks (try saying that five times fast) coming out of our ears, but to make things simple, we've picked three faves for you to have a gander at. The best bit? Each one has its own rooftop pool, ready for you to make a splash in the city.
Yes! Barcelona is great for a short beach break. That's why it's also perfect for a last-minute jolly. None of this booking loads of annual leave, just take a cheeky Friday off and spend a long weekend strolling the cobbled streets of the city. It's only a 2-hour flight away, there's plenty of culture to fill your days and, more importantly, plenty of tapas to fill your tum. And did we mention there's a beach? This place just keeps getting better and better.
The Gothic Quarter is probably the most popular area of the city because it's close to some top sights like the well-known street of La Rambla, the Cathedral of Barcelona and the Güell Palace, plus the restaurants round here are fantastic so it's a great choice for couples looking for plenty of date night spots. Similarly, El Raval has tons to do for couples and young tourists, including a food market and contemporary art museum. For families, the Eixample district is your best bet as it's slightly quieter but still within walking distance of the iconic La Sagrada Familia.
Yes and no. A lot of the shops in Barcelona will be closed on a Sunday, so if you want to do some souvenir shopping or bag a bargain in Zara then your best bet is to plan this for Saturday. The good news, though, is that tourist attractions, cafes, bars and restaurants are all open on Sundays, so you can fill your day with Sangria and sightseeing!