|Ideal length||2 Nights|
|Price||From £799 pp|
|When to go||TBC for 2009|
Feeling the anticipation as the match begins with nearly 100,000 other passionate supporters.
Accessing Barcelona’s world-class art galleries.
Partying day and night on buzzing Barceloneta beach.
Heading to the gothic quarter for some unusual, bohemian art bargains.
Admiring Miro’s legendary artwork at his hilltop gallery overlooking Parc de Montjuic.
Welcome to Barcelona, where the talent, the buzz and the vivacious atmosphere reaches a peak during the sporting event of the year:
FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid in the Camp Nou stadium. This is your chance to plunge into the passions of the Catalans by chanting your heart out as the two legendary teams battle for the ultimate sporting triumph.
And outside of the match, Barcelona is a vibrant and artistically rich city with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. There's no better place to start than the Picasso and Gaudi house museums, where some of the most famous works to change the course of art history can be seen. The dazzling and peculiar colours of Picasso's paintings and Gaudi's off-the-wall sculptures are blinding examples of the talent brought up in Barcelona's bustling boroughs.
Into your shopping? Try the atmospheric Gothic Quarter and Catalonia square, or visit the Raval for vintage, retro clothes. As for landmarks, you can't get much more impressive than La Sagrada Familia, which dominates its surroundings as a globally recognised icon - well worth a visit. Remember to look up when roaming the streets: the Gaudi-designed buildings dotted around the city are masterpieces in themselves. And then there's the beach at Barceloneta: the perfect place for a total chill out, beer in hand (well, in the warmer months at least). Finally, for a Spainsh home from home try the Hotel Prestige Paseode Gracia.
Make the most of Black Tomato's exclusive local knowledge service by night, and we will recommend and make reservations for you at the best restaurants, bars and clubs, before you hit the sack in one of the best boutique hotels in the city. This isn't just a weekend football break, this is a jam-packed mini holiday which you'll be talking about back home for weeks.