Just one hour on the train from Barcelona, Tarragona sits invitingly on the Costa Dorada, and makes for a convenient day trip from the Catalan capital. An ideal destination for history buffs and sunseekers alike, the city is worth taking the time to visit if you find you're at a loose end in Barcelona.
Designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, the series of buildings that made up this complex are considered some of his best work. A functioning hospital until 2009, it has attracted many visitors purely because of the splendor of its Modernista architecture.
Within easy reach of Barcelona, Montserrat, the mountain at the heart of Catalonia, offers an excellent day trip from the city. A visit to Montserrat monastery and a walk among its steep crags is an unforgettable experience.
Perched on the side of Montjuïc, the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) contains 1,000 years of artistic treasure under one roof. It offers a rich tapestry of art forms and eras to satisfy the keenest art lover.
Step back from the Costa Brava coastline to wander through Girona. Discover the mix of influences that has shaped this beautiful and historic city and explore the impressive attractions before relaxing by the river with drink or enjoying tapas in one of the squares.
Up on the hill of Montjuïc, sits an 18th-century castle overlooking Barcelona. Take in the views of the city and then stroll around this historic fortress which now hosts some of the city’s main calendar events.
They might have a strange name but Barcelona's 'chiringuitos' are an ever-popular feature on the city's beach scene. Whether you're after a sunny spot to relax or somewhere a-buzz with nightlife, read our rundown of top sites by the sea.
Bored of the beach? Never fear - Barcelona's bursting at the seams with alternative places to get a sun tan. Read on to find out about some of our favourite spots to soak up those rays, including parks, pools and decks.
Throughout the world paella is known as a definitively Spanish dish, yet in different regions of Spain you'll find countless variations, not least in Catalonia. Find out where to get the best paella in Barcelona, and see how local chefs have made this classic Valencian dish their own.
A must-see on Barcelona's Modernista trail, Gaudí's Casa Batlló inspires many an ooh and ah from appreciative visitors on the glamorous Passeig de Gràcia. Find out what lies in store on a tour behind its famous façade.