20 Best City Breaks in the World

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Barcelona, Spain

Most visitors head to La Rambla, Barcelona’s iconic boulevard, upon arriving in Catalonia’s cosmopolitan capital. Do take a stroll or spend a little time people watching from a charming café. But with so much more to do in this bustling city, don’t linger too long or you might miss something important.

Something like the Sagrada Familia — Gaudi’s great unfinished cathedral — or, for those keen to explore the architect’s work in more detail, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and the ever-impressive Parc Guell. Barcelona is renowned for its art and architecture and there are styles here to suit all tastes. Not a culture vulture? Never fear — there’s a great deal more to see here.

Explore marvellous Montjuic — be sure to catch a cable car — or mooch around the old harbour and port, where the Mediterranean breezes offer respite during the hot summer months. No matter your plans, the chances are you’ll be drawn back to La Rambla as the sun starts to set, with tapas and sangria always on the menu.