Barcelona is without a doubt one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, and every year visitors fall in love with its architecture, culture and amazing food.
We’ve listed the top ten things to do when visiting the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. You can say ‘muchos gracias’ later!
There is no place quite like Barcelona – literally – so be prepared to be awestruck by the city’s very distinctive architecture, especially the work of Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. He is the mastermind behind Park Güell (which offers fantastic views of the city), the quirky Casa Batlló and of course his masterpiece Sagrada Familia. No visit to Barcelona is complete without seeing Gaudí’s work.
The coastal city offers fine stretches of sand for those lazy days when you just want to relax and soak up the sun. Barceloneta Beach is the city’s most popular beach and perfect for those who prefer the hustle and bustle and want easy access to beach bars. If you prefer more peace and quiet, opt for Bogatell Beach. For more risqué travellers who want to let it all hang out – so to speak – Mar Bella Beach has a nudist stretch.
La Rambla is the most famous – and crowded – street in Barcelona, so expect an endless array of restaurants, market stalls, shops and bars all vying for your attention. Although it is packed with other tourists, a stroll down La Rambla is a must when visiting Barcelona. A word of advice: Be vary of pickpockets in this area!
Football is massive in Barcelona, and the pride and joy is of course FC Barcelona, or Barça as the team is locally known. Barça is one of the most supported teams in the world, and you don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the amazing atmosphere when a game is played at Camp Nou stadium.
Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter – or Barrio Gótico – is the cultural hub of the city, and offers a labyrinth of small streets, alleyways, squares and beautiful old buildings to explore. There is also plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, so you can always find a spot to relax in between your sightseeing.
Fashionistas will love Barcelona, as you can find trendy Spanish fashion retailers such as Zara, Mango, Bershka and Massimo Dutti in every corner of the city centre. Make sure to visit El Corte Inglés in Plaça Catalunya, the city’s largest department store and allow yourself to be swept away by all the pretty things money can buy!
If you love tapas, Barcelona won’t disappoint – there is a never-ending array of restaurants and bars serving tapas that will tantalise your taste buds. Enjoy with a glass of Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine.
A day trip to the mountain range of Montserrat is well worth the time, and is often a highlight of any visit to Barcelona. Visit the Monsterrat Monastery, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty surrounding it and the unparalleled views.
The best view of the city can be enjoyed whilst taking a ride on the Montjuïc Cable Car, a gondola lift that runs from Montjuïc Park to the summit of Montjuïc hill. Not for the faint-hearted!
Love fresh food? The you have to visit La Bouqeria, one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets .Open every day except Sundays, these markets let you discover a whole new world of amazing sounds, smells and tastes.
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