Everybody falls in love with Barcelona, and it's easy to see why: blue skies, city beaches, delicious paella, late-night bars, whimsical art, and architecture that makes you smile. The perfect city-break destination? It may just be.
Icelandair offers cheap flights to Barcelona for tapas grazing and Gaudí gazing. See art, architecture, nature and culture fuse together beautifully.
Before you turn your eyes to heaven for La Sagrada Família, do you fancy a chance to admire another head-turning church: Reykjavík's Hallgrímskirkja? When you book flights across the Atlantic with Icelandair you have the opportunity to add a stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
There's no denying: Barcelona is one of the world's best food destinations. You may find it hard to resist the call of the tapas (bite-sized snacks), the fresh seafood, the jamón (ham) and the sangria, plus the long list of Michelin-starred glories. Start here: Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona’s most central produce market, on landmark Las Ramblas boulevard. It’s a sensory riot of local color and flavor, and there are tapas bars here that make excellent refueling stops.
There's good eating to be enjoyed all over the city. The waterfront is a logical choice for seafood and paella; elegant L'Eixample is home to upmarket gems; and Gràcia has a hip, youthful vibe - good eating and drinking spots sprinkle its squares.
Barcelona is synonymous with art and architecture, and the eccentric genius of Antoni Gaudí put a unique stamp on the city. His treasures are numerous, ranging from the fantastical Casa Batlló to the joyously whimsical Park Güell, a riot of curves and colorful tile work. His greatest legacy is La Sagrada Família, the inspired, unfinished cathedral. Drink it in.
Gaudí is not the only brilliant artist with deep Barcelona connections - how about names like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí? It's not all head-turning surrealist artworks, either - there's incredible history and the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) is packed with ancient treasures. For modern-day pilgrimages, you can't beat Camp Nou, home to the legendary Barcelona Football Club.
Spanish high-street fashion brands (like Zara, Mango and Massimo Dutti) are well known around the world, but there's load more to uncover in the small streets of Barcelona that's worthy of your budget and baggage space. Shoppers will thrill to discover boutiques of emerging designers, shiny waterfront malls, and local street markets selling gourmet delicacies.
Hit the prime retail district of Passeig de Gracia and the streets to its southwest; browse the workshops and small boutiques of El Born; and wander the laneways of Barri Gòtic to unearth treasures. If you're after under-one-roof ease, Las Arenas is a unique city feature: a former bullring turned mall. Don't miss the promenade on its roof, where you can take in brilliant city panoramas.