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Why Barcelona is the greatest holiday destination - 31 July


Barcelona is probably the greatest holiday destination on the planet. Here's why:
The cultural giants
While on the topic of Spain's remarkable artistic exports, visitors will grace the same shores of surrealist Salvador Dali (the Dali Museum Theater in his hometown of Figueres is a must), architect Antoni Gaudi (Barcelona is home to the unfinished cathedral, Sagrada Familia, as well as a number of other projects) and painter Pablo Picasso.

The best beaches in Europe
"With more than 5,000 miles of coastline, Spain has thousands of beaches, from tiny rocky coves to long strips of golden sand," writes Telegraph Travel's Spain expert Annie Bennett.

There's the food
"Many of us are now popping chorizo ​​and Iberian ham in our shopping baskets, as well as manchego cheese and, of course, a bottle of Spanish wine," writes Annie Bennett. "You could spend a very happy holiday indeed exploring the regions where your favorite foods and wines are produced.

A healthy - and weird - range of festivals
Beyond the likes of Sonar in Barcelona and Benicassim, in, well, Benacassim, there is of course The Tomatina, the tomato-throwing shindig, and a variety of running of the bulls events to maybe steer clear of. Oh, and there's that one, El Colacho, where the Devil leap over babies on mattresses.

The sun, sun and sun
The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, if indeed at all, as the country is statistically Europe's sunniest. The coastal resorts of the Mediterranean enjoy, on average, more than 300 days of sunshine each year - well into the autumn and winter months.

It's cheap
The pound may have taken a hit against the euro of late, but Spain remains one of the best value destinations in Europe for a summer getaway.



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