A city trip to Barcelona is easy to organise with one of the many cheap flights. A few days in the city are a fabulous break from the humdrum of daily life. Belvilla has various great cottages in the city, the ultimate way to experience real city life. This region is perfect for longer holidays too: the Belvilla holiday homes can also be found on the Costa Maresme, where cosy towns, gorgeous beaches and culture are the perfect holiday ingredients!
Get a taste of Barcelona, a lively metropolis where many will have a great time. There is much to admire for culture enthusiasts, but its also great for shopping and eating out. And it has a very relaxed atmosphere! Stroll across the Ramblas, walk through the narrow old lanes of the Barrio Gótico district, take a look at the harbour, and visit one of the many Tapas Bars. Instead of a hotel, you can also experience Barcelona from a cottage, you will have more space than in a hotel room, and you can cook yourself in the evening.
Are you interested in architecture? You will find an abundance of interesting buildings in Barcelona, varying in style from Gothic to Modernist. You certainly should not miss the famous buildings by Gaudí, such as the cathedral of Sagrada Família and his houses Casa Milà (La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló; a visit to Park Güell also comes highly recommended. Tip: explore the city by bike.
The Costa Maresme runs from the tourist town of Blanes to Barcelona. This coast is characterised by both long sandy beaches and small beaches, lively boulevards, and fun tourist towns, such as Arenys de Mar and Calella. Of course, this costa offers plenty of opportunities to relax (discos, restaurants, outdoor cafés, and markets) and various options for (water) sports. Inland, you will find hills and vineyards. Alella is an important wine town in this region. The region is varied and the cottages on the Costa Maresme are perfect for a diverse holiday.
The less known Costa Garraf starts just below Barcelona and ends a bit above Tarragona. This costa offers nice places with beautiful beaches too. The best known place is Sitges, which used to be a fishing village and where life is sweet. Not too 'touristy' and very cosy. The trendy beach resort offers a lively boulevard and two museums which are well worth a visit.
Sports are well catered for here. There are many water sports of course, but from your cottage on the Costa Maresme you can also plan an exciting mountainbike route. And a hiking trip in the mountains is always nice. To recover from your active morning, you can go sunbathing on the beach in the afternoon. The holiday homes on the Costa Maresme are near the beach and therefore the ideal starting point.