With temperatures in the mid-teens, smaller crowds and some key events in the cultural calendar, November is one of the best months to visit Barcelona -- get in on the secret with this 2-night escape from Phone & Fly for £149 per person.
Saving up to 38% on prices we've seen elsewhere, the deal includes return flights, two nights at the 4-star Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in a Deluxe Room and daily breakfast.
Depart from four London airports (Gatwick, Luton, Southend or Stansted), Bristol or Newcastle on select dates until 26 March, 2014. Phone & Fly's website has a full list of travel dates, including 3-night stays from £199 per person.
There is a bus stop right outside the hotel, making it easy to access the city's attractions, including the colourful Park Güell; Gaudí's Gothic basilica, La Sagrada Família; and Plaça de Catalunya, where many of Barcelona's main streets and avenues meet.
As well as a fitness centre with an indoor swimming pool and a whirlpool, the contemporary Renaissance Barcelona Fira hotel has a Mediterranean dining room, a snack bar and a restaurant on the 14th floor with panoramic views over the city. There's also a unique vertical garden, with palm trees and plants that grow up the side of the hotel.
If you've seen most of the city's sights and explored the annual Christmas market in front of Barcelona's 13th-century cathedral, The Daily Telegraph recommends "eating paella on a deserted beach in the weak heat of a bright sun", followed by "a brisk stroll through the evergreens blanketing the Collserola hills behind the city". Other events in November and December include the Barcelona Jazz Festival and L'Alternativa Barcelona Independent Film Festival.
Checked luggage starts from £40 per bag; return transfers are £20 per person. A city tax of £1 per person, per night, is payable directly to the hotel.
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