If you want all the benefits of a city break but would rather not venture into the tourist traps that Paris and London have become, consider beautiful Barcelona for one of the best cheap holidays
. Many of the most popular European city destinations for travellers and holidaymakers have become used to people who are prepared to spend large amounts of their money for a holiday to remember. This has lead to spiralling prices and a distinct lack of value for money. However, those on a budget need not write off European city breaks altogether. Barcelona, with its rich history, fascinating museums, sun-kissed beaches and all the other trappings of a modern yet historic European city is an ideal destination.
When to Go
The peak months of July and August will give you the hottest weather and the busiest city and are the best times to go if you want to relax on the sandy beaches of the Barceloneta district. If you’re looking for cheap holidays
there are still bargains to be had as from mid-August many natives of Barcelona go on their own holidays meaning that hotels may offer cheaper prices as their business customers are not making bookings. If you’re looking for an even cheaper experience or are sensitive to hot weather, then the off-season may suit you better. A balmy temperature of between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius can be expected from April to June and September to November.
The Catalonian people love to celebrate and Barcelona holds many festivals that are unique to the city or the region. The annual Festes de la Mercè is held in the last week of September, and is Barcelona’s main festival. The national drink of the region, Cava, is consumed liberally while live music, fireworks and the construction of human towers go on all around the city. The Festes de Gràcia in the middle of August celebrates the Assumption with fireworks, street parties and decoration of residential neighbourhoods. For a unique take on romantic love, try the Sant Jordi on the 23rd of April when women receive roses and men receive books. Accommodation can be difficult to find during festivals if you book to close to the time you will be going, so try to plan these trips in advance in order
Barcelona is a must for anyone who is considering taking a city break, especially if cheap holidays in a bustling, historic yet modern city appeal to you. The easy access to beaches and preponderance of local festivals make Barcelona a unique city break.