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The Costa Dorada (the Gold Coast), with its 216km of coastline, is one of the main tourist destinations on the Mediterranean with Reus airport reachable in 2 and a half hours from Shannon. Less than 10km from the airport lies the beautiful port city, Tarragona, where many ancient ruins remain from its time as the Roman colony of Tarraco. Salou, one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Dorada, is just 20 minutes from Reus Airport and also close by is one of Europe's largest theme parks, PortAventura World. Cambrils, also in the vicinity and possibly more inviting for the whole family, is often considered the more peaceful and grown-up alternative to Salou.

Barcelona

Barcelona, capital of the Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture and is often considered both the cosmopolitan and cultural capital of Spain much to the chagrin of the Madrileños. Located just over 100 kilometres from Reus, the easiest way to get to and from Barcelona is with La Hispano Igualadina bus company which links Barcelona Sants Station with Reus and Reus Airport in 90 minutes. Tickets costs €12.50 for a single and €22 for a return journey. Catching a train to Barcelona is also an option but necessitates either a taxi or bus from the airport to Reus Rail Station.

Accommodation

From luxury, boutique to budget hotels and hundreds of rentals listed on Airbnb, Barcelona has accommodation for every budget. For design buffs, try the Room Mate Emma Hotel replete with futuristic designs created by a renowned interior designer Tomas Alia and Emma’s siblings Anna, Pau, Carla and Gerard. Rock yourself to sleep in a VIP Cabin in The Boatel - a yacht serving as a floating boutique hotel located in Barcelona's harbor marina.

Explore

With hundreds of books, maps and apps, a walking tour of Barcelona is an excellent way to see the city and no walk is complete without a ramble along La Rambla, Barcelona’s main street popular with both tourists and locals. This tree-lined pedestrian mall stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Tours of Barcelona by electric bike that include tapas and drinks or museum entry might be preferable to those wanting local input.

Although Barcelona is renowned for its Modernist architecture, there are plenty of parks and gardens worth a visit.  Barcelona’s best example of where nature and architecture meet is in Park Guëll, a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill. L'Aquàrium, the world’s largest Mediterranean-themed marine attraction, is one of the top visitor attractions offering occasional opportunities to swim with sharks or spend the night.

Food

Although originally from Valencia, ‘paella’ features prominently on local menus but look out for ‘fideuà’, a Barcelona variant which uses thin noodles instead of rice. More famous is the Allioli, a typical Catalan sauce similar to mayonnaise made with only garlic, olive oil and salt. Also worth a visit are the Boquería Market for traditional gastronomic products or Plaza del Pi square, a traditional food fair on the first and third weekend of every month.

Shopping

Barcelona itself is like one large shopping centre whose main axis, known as the Shopping Line, consists of a five-kilometre pedestrian precinct with wide pavements. There are three main shopping areas in the city: the Centre, Eixample, and Diagonal. The most exclusive shops of the city are to be found around the Passeig de Gràcia and the Rambla de Catalunya while you’ll find all the souvenirs and Barcelona FC merchandise in La Rambla.

Five for free

  • Modernisme architecture

    While you’re more than welcome to pay an admission fee to see the interiors of many of Barcelona’s architectural gems, their impressive facades can be seen for free. Must sees include La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s yet to be completed giant Basilica, or the three examples of Modernisme that sit side-by-side on the Passeig de Gràcia – the Casa Lleó Morera, the Casa Amatller and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló.

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    Modernism architecture Barcelona photo
  • Free entry to Museums

    Many of Barcelona’s museums have free admission on Sunday afternoons and free admission all day the first Sunday of every month. Museum choices range from design, ethnology, contemporary culture, maritime, science, music and let’s not forget the history of the city.

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    Barcelona Museums Photo
  • Old town vibes in Barri Gòtic

    Many European cities boast a charming gothic quarter and Barri Gòtic has its share of narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants. Stretching from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to the Ronda de Sant Pere, it encompasses the oldest parts of the city, and includes the remains of the city's Roman wall and several notable medieval landmarks.

    Image used under Creative Commons from Aditya Karnad

    Gothic neighborhood Barcelona photo
  • Catch a bargain at Encants Market

    From 9am to 8pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays, check out Barcelona’s Flea Market where over 500 vendors ply their wares from antique furniture, contemporary crafts to vintage clothing. A gourmet food court is located on the first floor if you’re feeling peckish. The flea market really comes into its own on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 7.30am to 8.30am, when the ‘subastas’ (public auctions) take place.

    Image used under Creative Commons from Jordi Cucurull

    Encants Market Barcelona photo
  • Life’s a Beach: Barceloneta

    If you fancy a dip without hopping on a train, Barcelona has a few beaches right in town. Barceloneta, located in the traditional fishing district, is the most popular and is where you’re likely to find the locals eating fish and seafood dishes and "tapas". For something less hectic, walk further north towards the Fòrum area.

    Image used under Creative Commons from Manuel Martín

    Barceloneta Beach Barcelona photo
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