Nestled on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe's delights, and for many, considered on a par with Madrid as Spain's main city. History, some of the world's most famous architecture, beaches, the famous Mediterranean food, and a very cosmopolitan feel make Barcelona the place to be, and it's no surprise that the city has taken over from cities like Paris and London as a more favoured short break in a city.

Barcelona is now more accessible than ever, with more trains, planes and automobiles arriving in or near the city than ever before. But what's all the fuss about?! Here we'll try and explain why more and more people are choosing Barcelona as their next stop for not only a bit of sun, sea and sangria, but a spot of culture too.

Despite being compared to other major European cities such as London and Paris, Barcelona is relatively small in comparison, and you can squeeze in the majority of city sights in a weekend. The city is split up into various districts, and is really easy to get around. Cuitat Vella (Old City) is the oldest – until the 19th Century this was Barcelona, and most central part of the city, and in itself has four main areas; El Raval, Barri Gotic, El Born, and La Barceloneta.

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