Barcelona cruise holidays
Barcelona treats cruise passengers to a rich medley of architecture, culture, sun, beach, outstanding cuisine and fantastic shopping. Barcelona's buildings showcase the work of the city's most famous son, architect Antoni Gaudí's while its museums pay homage to the likes of Joan Miró and Picasso.
Outdoors, the world-famous La Rambla buzzes with the chatter from pavement cafes and quirky street performers. With a raft of shops selling everything from tourist memorabilia to exclusive fashion designs and an eclectic and seemingly infinite number of bars and restaurants, Barcelona really does have something for everyone.
Step back in time
The maze of streets known as the Barri Gòtic or Gothic Quarter contains an exemplary collection of buildings dating from Catalonia's Golden Age in the 14th and 15th centuries, interspersed with Roman ruins, delightful squares and numerous bars and restaurants.
The Picasso Museum is one of the city's main tourist attractions. The impressive permanent collection is devoted to the artist's early work.
La Sagrada Familia is Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece and the city's most outlandish landmark. An extraordinary structure that elicits cries of awe and amusement, it remains one of the city's most visited attractions. Gaudí's other legacy is Parc Güell, a garden oasis enlivened by fantastic pavilions, stairways, columned halls and an organic plaza decorated with stunning broken-mosaic work.
Lined with trees, cafes, restaurants, flower stalls, shops and newspaper stands, La Rambla is the perfect place in which to stroll and soak up the unique Barcelona atmosphere. Stop off at La Boqueria, Barcelona's wonderful, bustling food market.
A stroll along the harbourside is an excellent way to see some of the results of Barcelona's epic regeneration programme. With the continued development of Port Vell (Old Port), the waterfront now boasts a myriad of eateries and bars, a vast shopping mall and an excellent aquarium.
Shopping is one of Barcelona's greatest attractions, with a bountiful 5km (3mile) shopping strip from the water's edge at Port Vell to Avinguda Diagonal. International chains, designer shops and department stores are located around Plaça de Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia and along Avinguda Diagonal. La Rambla and the Barri Gòtic are good for souvenirs ranging from antiques and curios to Catalan black pottery, Barcelona lace and hand-woven baskets.