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REAL TOUR DE FORCE

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - Edited by VICKY LISSAMAN

FC’s foot­balling heroes for a bless­ing. It was also great to cy­cle through the old Olympic park with its wide-open spaces, great views and fas­ci­nat­ing mod­ern sculp­tures.

I love Spanish food and was de­lighted to stum­ble upon La Fonda restau­rant just off the fa­mous La Ram­bla.

Their well-priced three-course menu in­cludes the tasty re­gional dish fideua ne­gra – noo­dles dyed black with squid ink – or a hearty paella for just £16.

Kids have their own menu for £11 and you can add a litre jug of san­gria for un­der a ten­ner.

The hop-on-hop-off tourist bus was a great way of vis­it­ing other sights, such as Gaudi’s awe-in­spir­ing un­fin­ished cathe­dral La Sagrada Família, his am­bi­tious land­scape gar­den project Park Güell and, of course, Barcelona FC’s il­lus­tri­ous sta­dium Camp Nou. And we couldn’t re­sist grab­bing our buck­ets and spades and head­ing to the sandy beaches, one of Barcelona’s unique draws.

Sev­eral op­er­a­tors of­fer tours along the coast and we went for a two-hour sail­ing trip, booked through web­site Vi­a­tor be­fore we left home.

Our cap­tain, a friendly Barcelon­aborn skip­per called Frank, met us on the wa­ter­front then – armed with car­rier bags of beer, wa­ter, Coke and crisps – led us to our beau­ti­ful 12m yacht then out along the coast.

The sky­line from the sea was in­cred­i­ble and Frank picked out some of the places we’d vis­ited then en­cour­aged the kids to help him steer.

There’s a much-loved phrase in the foot­ball-crazy city that Barcelona FC is more than just a club.

Well, Barcelona is more than just a great city break des­ti­na­tion for adults – it scores with fam­i­lies too. GRAN CANARIA: En­joy seven nights’ B&B at the five-star Melia Ta­marindos Ho­tel in San Agustin. Pay £482 and fly from Gatwick on December 1. Pay £473 to fly from Manch­ester on December 2. See trav­el­re­pub­lic.co.uk. FUERTEVEN­TURA: Ex­plore Caleta de Fuste with seven FES­TIVE AM­S­TER­DAM CRUISE: A three-day cruise to Am­s­ter­dam on board MV Colum­bus is from £259. In­cludes two nights’ GREECE: TRAVEL with ex­pe­ri­ences at the core was one of this year’s ma­jor trends but 2019 will take it even fur­ther. “Do­ing” will be equal with “go­ing”, and al­most two thirds of trav­ellers value ex­pe­ri­ences more than pos­ses­sions. The places trav­ellers eat and sleep, shop or watch sports will be cho­sen to cre­ate mem­o­ries. Mean­while, two fifths plan to visit a des­ti­na­tion that makes them feel like a child again. TRAV­ELLERS will add more pur­pose to breaks next year with an in­crease in vol­un­teer­ing and skills-based va­ca­tions across all generations. NASA will start con­struc­tion of its Lu­nar Space Sta­tion in 2019 (launch­ing in 2022). Push­ing the lim­its of where travel will take us, the prospect of space tourism – such as Virgin Galac­tic’s sub-or­bital flights, left – won’t seem such a gi­ant leap. But un­til space trips be­come a re­al­ity, there will be an in­creased de­sire to ex­plore un­charted ter­ri­to­ries on Earth. Six in ten trav­ellers said they wanted to stay un­der the sea.

■CITY OF WON­DERS: Amaz­ing views are around every cor­ner. Above, Fiona’s kids SIN­GLE-USE plas­tic will con­tinue to be a hot topic but in 2019 en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns will turn into ac­tion. Trav­ellers will look for sustainable ex­pe­ri­ences while ac­com­mo­da­tion providers will in­crease TECH­NOL­OGY will make an im­pact in 2019 with more key­less room ac­cess via smart­phones, per­son­alised travel tips and ro­botic concierges which com­mu­ni­cate with guests in their mother tongue. Use of real-time lug­gage track­ing through mo­bile apps will be on the rise as well as apps for plan­ning and book­ing.

nights’ all-in­clu­sive at the three-star Bron­ce­mar Beach Ho­tel for £316. Flight from Stansted on November4. Hit al­pha­rooms.com or ring in0114 407 0241. full board, on board shows and en­ter­tain­ment. De­part December 11 from UK pick up points and set sail from Til­bury. See shear­ings.com.Ex­plore Athens with a week’s B&B at the three-star Aris­tote­les Ho­tel for £154. Leave from Lu­ton on November 28. Hit trav­el­su­per­mar­ket.com.

MORE than half of global trav­ellers plan to take more week­end trips in 2019. Bite-sized breaks with cu­rated itin­er­ar­ies will be more fea­si­ble thanks to in­creased flight routes, cheaper prices and bet­ter pub­lic trans­port op­tions.

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