"It's about this time of year [November], when Catalans breathe a sigh of relief and reclaim Barcelona for themselves," says The Daily Telegraph. If you want to get in on the secret -- temperatures in the high teens, fewer crowds, festive markets and carnivals galore -- this 3-night escape from Fleetway Travel is just what you need.
For £199 per person -- £150 less than usual -- you get return flights, three nights at the 4-star Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in a Deluxe Room and daily breakfast.
Depart from London Gatwick, Luton, Southend, Stansted, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle on select dates from 7 November-27 March, 2014. Click here for a full list of travel dates, including 2-night options from £159 per person.
There is a bus stop right outside the hotel, so the city's attractions are easily accessible, including the colourful Parc Güell, Gaudí's Gothic cathedral 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 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 festive 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".
Checked luggage starts from £40 per bag; return transfers are £20 per person.
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