If you wish to flee the cold spring in the Netherlands, Barcelona is a great place to go. Mild temperatures, a swinging, cosmopolitan city on the Costa Brava with great tourist attractions: in short, the place to be in spring.
Thanks to the competition between airlines, prices have come down considerably and if you do your research in a proper way you can easily find the best airfares available. Many people rely on well known web-based databases to find the lowest fares, but you can get the best deals by checking out the websites of the lowcost airlines themselves. It may take you half an hour, but it is worthwhile and you can save hundreds of euros!
In The Netherlands you may choose from several airports, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Eindhoven. If you live near the borders of The Netherlands (and that’s basically everybody as it is such a small country) you can also fly from Belgian airports in Brussels or Charleroi and German airports in Dortmund, Bremen, Duesseldorf, Cologne, Muenster or Paderborn.
Barcelona’s airport is near the city but you may also choose the nearby destinations Gerona and Reus. Now you might think that the number of comparisons is to big to do it manually, but there is a handy website that shows you all the lowcost airlines that fly on these routes: http://www.wegwezen.nu
The airlines currently flying between The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and the Costa Brava airports are Jetairfly, Ryanair, Transavia, Air Berlin, Easyjet, Germanwings, KLM, Virgin Express and Vueling. Prices vary considerably. A recent price comparison (http://www.wegwezen.nu/vertrek/voorbeeld-Barcelona.htm) showed prices between 365 – 1384 euro for a group of four. Now there is over 1000 euro to gain in a matter of half an hour. Imagine what you could do with a spare 1000 euro in Barcelona!