Barcelona’s spectacular Tibidabo mountain

If you are renting a villa in Barcelona, it is highly likely that at some point in your trip you will be able to see the mighty Mount Tibidabo dominating the skyline. The mountain reaches a height of 512m, and is the highest mountain in the bordering back country of Barcelona. Upon reaching the peak, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the whole city with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop.

Getting There

If you are not up for a lengthy hike, there is a much easier way to reach the mountain’s summit. The best way to get to the top is first by tram, and then by using the funicular railway. The tram will stop halfway up the mountain, and the funicular will take you straight up the side of the mountain, an adventure in itself. The train has been in service since 1901, making it one of Spain’s oldest funiculars.

Amusement Park

Although you wouldn’t expect it, one of Tibidabo’s main attractions is its amusement park that sits at the summit. Feel the adrenaline rush on one of the attraction’s many rides combined with spectacular views across the whole city. The park has six different zones to be explored, but currently is only open during the weekends.

Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

On the way to your Barcelona holiday rental, it is highly likely that you will spot this church dominating the horizon, no matter which way you enter the city. The church is almost out of a fairy tale with its tall spires and detailed décor. The Temple of the Sacred Heart was built between 1902 and 1961 and features stunning mosaics as well as a crypt that visitors can access.

Viewing Platform

The viewing areas of the Torre de Conserolla offers some amazing views of the city. On a clear day you may be able to see all the way over to Montserrat mountain, or at least you Barcelona accommodation! The tower was used for the Olympic games back in 1992 and measures 268 metres high. It can be reached by with the mountain cable car, tourist train or bus.

No matter where your vacation villa in Barcelona is location, a visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without a trip up the famous Tibidabo mountain.


The other side of Ibiza

When thoughts of an Ibiza vacation come to mind of Ibiza, it is likely to include images of partying at all-night clubs and bars. However, those looking for a more traditional holiday can seek out a villa in Ibiza as the majority of the island is a serene and picturesque place to spend a few days.

If you steer clear of the party towns like San Antonio and instead book an Ibiza vacation rental in one of the island’s many other towns, you will be able to discover a very peaceful island with some fantastic beaches.

A villa in Ibiza on the northeast side of the island will give you access to breathtaking scenery and a bohemian vibe. Spend your holiday doing yoga at one of the many wellness centres, wandering the local markets, and watching the sunset at Benirras beach.

For a trip with a little more adventure, the southwest corner provides dramatic cliffs, only accessible by winding roads through wooded hills. A family villa in Ibiza near Cala Tarida is the perfect location to enjoy the fine white sands of the beach and take a dip in the turquoise sea.

The northwest region of the island is home to many vineyards and also where you find one of the most stunning views on the island, the Punta Galera bay.

Host to panoramic views and an abundance of history, many holiday makers choose to have their holiday in Spain in one of the island’s gorgeous towns, like Dalt Vila. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the town is a maze of winding cobbled streets just waiting to be explored.


The many cathedrals of Barcelona

Like many cities in the Catalonia region, Barcelona is steeped in history and stunning architecture. In addition to the copious Roman remains, the city is home to handfuls of churches and cathedrals, some of which have become tourist destinations in their own right.

The best way to see these towering works of art is to consider a Barcelona holiday rental or hotel so that you can be in the heart of the action and stay for a least a few days.

Sagrada Familia

Considered one of the most famous churches in the world, the Sagrada Familia sits proudly on the Barcelona skyline. This architecturally stunning building was first designed and construction began back in 1882, but it has yet to be finished. In 2010, the church was declared a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

The best time to visit is early in the morning before the crowds of tourists descend upon the property.

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

This incredible church was built between 1329 and 1383, and the building is a stunning feat of Gothic construction. Like the Sagrada Familia, it is one of the most visited spots in the city.

Cathedral of Barcelona

This Gothic-style cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, and its distinguished Gothic style is a sight that shouldn’t be missed. The cathedral that you see today was built over the old cathedral in the 13th century. Every year around Christmas time the square outside of the building is host to a spectacular Christmas street market, full of food and music.

Catedral de Barcelona

Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon

When you first arrive in Barcelona for your holiday in Spain, this impressive building is one of the first sights you will see. Built on a mountain high above the city, its lofty location offers stunning views of Barcelona below. Right in front of the church is one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe, Tibidabo Amusement Park.

Although Barcelona is a large city, it has great public transport allowing you to visit each location with ease. Villas in Barcelona create an ideal base from which to go out and explore the many sites and architectural feats on offer.


The bridges of Catalonia

If you can’t decide whether to take a holiday in a historic destination or stay in a modern environment, why not do both? When you take a holiday in Spain, you’re combining the old and the new, as clearly evidenced by the spectacular bridges of Catalonia. Here are some of the region’s oldest, and newest, crossings.

Besalú Bridge

Catalonia’s Historic Bridges

Besalú Bridge
Believed to have been built sometime between the 11th and 14th centuries, this unusual L-shaped arch bridge crosses the Fluvià river and is one of the most photogenic bridges in all of Spain. This medieval, castle-like bridge looks even more amazing at dusk when it lights up with hundreds of twinkling lights.

Old Bridge of Vilaller

Located in the Province of Lleida, this is a classic three-arch bridge, although only one remains today. Built in the 17th century, two arches collapsed in August 1963, falling into the Noguera Ribagorçana. If you’re wondering why it hasn’t been rebuilt, the bridge is now a protected local cultural heritage site.

Pont del Diable

Also known as ‘Devil’s Bridge’, this unusual arch bridge was constructed in the 13th century at the site of an old Roman structure. The views of the Llobregat running underneath are fantastic, but the real amazement is how the bridge is a massive contrast to the modern flyovers and overpasses of Martorell.

Catalonia’s Modern Bridges

Sant Feliu Bridge
If you rent a villa on the Costa Brava, be sure to check out this modern bridge, built in 1998. While the steel frame isn’t much to look at, it has been nominated for a number of prestigious engineering awards. The bridge connects Sant Feliu Square with Deveda Park, which is one of the best parks in Catalonia.

Sant Feliu Bridge

Sant Boi Bridge
Crossing the high speed railway between Barcelona and Madrid, this bridge is located close to the airport, so you may see it if you stay for a night at the airport before or after your holiday in Barcelona. Measuring 870m in length, this bridge crosses the Llobregat and has an eye catching steel frame.

Vilafant Bridge
If you book a Spain holiday in Girona, it’s well worth taking some time to visit Vilafant and its bridge. Constructed in 2011, this is one of the most contemporary bridges in Catalonia, made from stainless steel and incorporating geometric shapes. It crosses the train line between Barcelona and France.


Santiago Rusiñol and the Catalan modernist movement

Many art enthusiasts think of Pablo Picasso as being a main driving force behind the Catalan modernist movement, but Picasso was actually influenced by another great Catalan artist, Santiago Rusiñol, who was instrumental in transforming Catalonia into an artist’s paradise.

Born in Barcelona in 1861, Rusiñol was one of Catalonia’s most important and influential artists. Many of his works depict beautiful and famous locations in Barcelona and other parts of Spain, including the paintings ‘Girona’, ‘Montserrat’, and ‘Sitges Interior’, as well as the drawing ‘View of Barcelona Port’.

The Cau Ferrat Museum

To learn more about Rusiñol during your next holiday in Spain, pay a visit to the Cau Ferrat Museum in Sitges. Located on the site of Cau Ferrat, which was the artist’s former home and studio, today the museum is a massive assortment of Rusiñol’s personal art collection. Some of the art is Rusiñol’s, while other pieces have been collected from other well-known Catalan artists, such as Picasso and Pichot.

Cau Ferrat Museum

The museum offers you an opportunity to explore the office, bedroom, great hall, dining room, fountain room (yes, fountain room!), and entrance hall, all of which are filled with an array of beautiful, eye-catching, and mesmerising decorative ironworks, glassworks, furniture, sculptures, and ceramics.

Where to Stay

Cau Ferrat is located in the heart of Sitges, so any villa on the Costa Dorada would be ideal for offering quick and easy access to the museum. However, Sitges is located just 40 minutes by road from Barcelona, so you could also rent a property closer to Barcelona and enjoy Cau Ferrat as part of a day trip.

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