UK tourists warned to 'avoid' Barcelona in Spain because it's 'frontline'

Tourists have been urged to visit a "beautiful" Spanish city and avoid being on the Barcelona "frontline". Barcelona is a go-to for British holidaymakers and tourists, as well as the likes of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Gran Canaria across the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.

Tenerife and Lanzarote are also common holiday hotspots, but Spain visitors have been urged to consider a holiday in Valencia amid a rising wave of protests and demonstrations across Barcelona and the Catalan region due to perceived "overtourism".

Writing in the Telegraph, Nick Trend recommended Valencia as an alternative to Barcelona, highlighting it as a “far more attractive destination” that receives far fewer tourists than its larger rival. Mr Trend commented that “few of us want to spend our holidays in places where we are likely to be on the frontline”.

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The city also has a vibrant cultural scene and is home to an ­opera house, arts ­centre, Imax Cinema and Planetarium, L’Umbracle ­walkway and garden and the El Museo de las Ciencias Principle Felipe science museum.

There are plenty of great beaches around the area including Norte de Peñíscola beach, which has a great views towards the castle of Papa Luna as well as as five kilometres of very well-looked after sand. Racó de Mar beach in Canet de Berenguer is one of the most beautiful in the region and is packed with dunes, beautiful plants and wildlife.

The city's position on the coast means it is not as susceptible to the ferocious heat that is currently plaguing parts of southern, inland Spain. And holidaymakers can head down the Túria park, a 9 km long run that is one of Spain’s biggest inner city parks.

This park used to be a river until the water was redirected towards the end of the 20th century.