Young travellers looking for a party holiday with a difference should consider Spain’s cultural capital Barcelona this year, according to travel writer and Telegraph columnist Anna Nicholas.
Ms Nicholas said that the city has “undoubtedly” become a major party destination, and offers holidaymakers a unique combination of thriving nightlife, top restaurants, fantastic shopping opportunities, one of the world’s best urban beaches and a selection of quirky districts to explore. Here we take a look at a few highlights around the city which show why travellers shouldn’t plan on sleeping too much in Barcelona!
Barcelona plays host to two of the world’s best music festivals, in the form of Sonar and Primavera, and a third, Benicassim, is held not too far away along the coast towards Valencia. These festivals reveal the party spirit of the city and set Barcelona on the map as one of the top party towns in Europe.
As well as the market stalls selling a huge variety of tempting sugary goodies, the streets of the Gracia neighbourhood of Barcelona are littered with thousands of sweets each year as part of the Sant Medir Festival. Participants in the parade, which takes place every year on 3 March, throw sweets to spectators lining the route, so for those enjoying their holidays to Barcelona it’s a great taste of local culture, as well as a great opportunity to scoop up a few free sweets!
As well as sweet-throwing, Barcelona seems to offer a virtually year-round stream of fiestas, saints days and public holidays. You’d be hard-pressed to find a time to book a Barcelona city break when there wasn’t some kind of street party or procession going on. From Epiphany in January through to Christmas festivities in December, this town knows how to party!
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From the super-chilled Icebarcelona (above ) to the sleek couches of La Fianna, Barcelona can provide revellers with a huge variety of bars, pubs and clubs.
Barcelona boasts seven different beaches, giving visitors almost three miles of coastline to enjoy. The two largest are at Barceloneta and Sant Sebastia, but on the other side of the Olympic Harbour are the city’s other beaches, such as Bogatell and Mar Bella. Barcelona has a successful bike-hire scheme in place, allowing travellers to explore the city and its coastline at their own pace and at relatively little expense.