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The largest port in the Mediterranean

As Spain's most visited city, and the largest port on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe's premier destinations. Packed with cultural monuments, historic castles, beautiful parks, popular museums and galleries and brilliant beaches, it truly offers something for everyone. Having been settled by the Romans, Barcelona grew quickly, largely due to its advantageous position on a trade route and as a sea port. By the Middle Ages the city was the seat of the mighty Crown of Aragon, which had possessions stretching as far away as Athens. Barcelona has enjoyed a huge amount of wealth and prosperity for centuries, and much of this still shows in its myriad of attractions.

The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, though some are from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Nowadays this area is predominantly a shopping enclave, stretching down to the seafront.

Literally the 'Old Harbour', Port Vell is Barcelona's historic port. This historic area was rather run down by the time it was restored for the 1992 Olympic Games, and is now a wonderful focal point of the city, with an attractive array of shops, bars restaurants and cinemas. Arguably the highlight of the port is Europe's largest aquarium, which is home to eleven sharks amongst its 8,000 water-dwelling creatures, all living in 1.5 million gallons of water.

Although there are a few of Gaudí's architectural masterpieces dotted around Barcelona, the magnificent Sagrada Familia is probably the most famous. He devoted the final years of his life to its design, and the building was unfinished at the time of his death in 1926. Nevertheless, the incredible structure was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1984, and is a delight to discover today.

Housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona's La Ribera, the Picasso museum was the first museum to be dedicated to the famous Spanish artist's work, and was the only one to be opened in his lifetime. The collection of Picasso's works is one of the world's largest, and highlights include two of his first major pieces, The First Communion (painted when he was just 15), and Science and Charity, which followed a year later.

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Andalucian Explorer

Showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Andalucía, this tour takes us from Spain's bustling, fashionable capital city, through the iconic Moorish citadel of Granada's Alhambra, to the opulent city of Barcelona, via the white-washed passages of Cordoba's Old Town.

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12 days from £2,995 pp

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Barcelona & The Treasures of Southern Spain

Uncover the secrets and allure of 4 great Spanish cities, each with their own individual culture and charms. Stay at the remarkable Alhambra Palace Hotel in Granada, sat at the foot of the famous Alhambra itself, attend a dazzling Flamenco show in a furnished cave in the Sacromonte district, and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Seville.

With our small group tours, you have all the advantages of travelling in a group as well as access to certain experiences and hotels not suitable for larger parties.

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8 days from £2,695 pp

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Roses, Cadaques & The Catalan Coast

The beautiful, unspoilt town of Roses is our base for 9 nights on the rugged Costa Brava. Our relaxed itinerary introduces the cultural highlights of the region; the picturesque fishing village of Cadaqués, vibrant Barcelona, and Figueres' Dalí Foundation.

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9 days from £1,695 pp

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Medieval Cities Of Spain

From the winding cobbled streets of Toledo to the imposing grandeur of the Alcazar of Segovia, travel back in time to discover the medieval splendour of Spain's illustrious history.

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