Culture, sun, cuisine, beaches and a half-decent football team – Barcelona certainly ticks all the boxes of a great European city.
And today’s Big Deal on a tempting Barcelona break for two definitely gets the Santa seal of approval as far as wow-factor Christmas gifts go.
As well as direct flights from Glasgow Prestwick, it includes three nights in a stylish, very central hotel.
Once there you can explore the beach bars of Barceloneta, the fantastic architecture of Gaudi and maybe even take the time to see the world’s greatest football club in action.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you to Barcelona, an historic city on the Mediterranean with great nightlife, world-class cultural attractions and attractive beaches.
The Big Deal offers return flights with Ryanair from Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh, and three nights accommodation based on two sharing a standard double or twin room on a room only basis at the Hotel Rialto.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Glasgow Prestwick. Departure dates are:
1st, 15th, 21st, 29th April
5th, 12th May
9th, 16th June
1st, 8th September
Flights are direct, and timings vary depending on dates. Timings will be confirmed at time of booking.
Please enquire for dates from Edinburgh Airport.
Other travel dates may be available and your stay can be extended for a surcharge.
The 3-star Hotel Condado is a short stroll from Barcelona’s famous Diagonal Avenue and a 10-minute walk from Diagonal Metro Station.
It is also close to two jaw-dropping examples of Gaudi’s architecture – La Pedrera and Casa Batllò – meaning you won’t have to wander far to soak up a bit of culture.
The hotel’s stylish, air-conditioned guest rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, heating, satellite TV, a safe, a work desk and a LAN cable for free Internet access.
Although not included, breakfast is served in the hotel’s cafeteria and can also be brought directly to your room, if you fancy a lazy morning.
The hotel has a 24-hour front desk as well as a tour desk with a car hire service.
A stroll down the Rambla is the ideal introduction to Barcelona’s appeal, a broad avenue lined with shops, market stalls and colourful street life. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a spot of people-watching.
Exploring the medieval streets and buildings of the Barri Gotic is a great way to spend your first morning, discovering an atmospheric and ancient quarter of the city that still contains some of Barcelona’s finest bars and cafes.
After ticking off the Sagrada Familia and the architect’s other ornate masterpieces the Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, it’s worth admiring an older landmark, the Basilica of Santa Maria Del Mar, dating from the 14th century.
A more modern temple of worship is the Camp Nou. If you can grab a ticket for a Barcelona home match, take the opportunity to see football geniuses in action. If not, a stadium tour gets you close to pitchside and gives you a taste of the club’s rich history.
When the sun shines, join the locals on Barceloneta beach, a great place to hang out, soak up some rays and enjoy a little local cava in one of the beach bars.
Hotel Condado has earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and has picked up plenty of admiring feedback. Recent guest reviews include the following, edited for length:
‘Wonderful hotel! I loved this hotel! Arrived after a long haul flight exhausted and the check in was fast and easy, the room was huge with a large sofa, what a treat, and also a fabulous balcony with views all over Barcelona from the ocean to the hills behind. Double glazed and so quiet. Beautiful bathrooms and a great breakfast! And great value for money!! Will definitely return.’
‘Nice hotel worth booking!... the room and the bathroom are big and clean!... we had a balcony in the room and the place is really quite. The reception is extremely helpful. A hotel worth booking. Recommended!!!!’
‘Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Condado hotel… could have happily stayed here longer. From check in I was impressed with this place. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we were in our room within 5 minutes of arrival. The room was very modern, clean and comfortable and, although no mini bar in the room, each corridor has a fridge with free bottles of water you can take. Our room also had a balcony which was a nice surprise… I would definitely stay here the next time I am in Barcelona.’
Today’s Big Deal flies you to Barcelona for a comfortable break in the heart of this evocative city.
With availability between April and September, it would make a great spring or summer getaway or even a surprise gift.