Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city, which is thriving with culture, art and stunning architecture. A visit here is a must as there is plenty to keep you entertained and inspired. From the shimmering views of the Mediterranean sea from the beautiful beaches, to the mouth watering Tapas style cuisine on offer and shopping opportunities galore there is certainly something for everyone.
It’s one of my favourite cities to visit as it’s only a couple of hours away from us in the UK. It’s a total mix of beach and city and you can literally have the best of both worlds. The city itself is pretty easy to get around and it’s completely tourist friendly. Below are a couple of my favourite things to do whilst in the city.
Walking the length of Las Ramblas is an experience that every visitor to the city must experience. This tree-lined avenue in the centre of the city plays host to some of the most talented and entertaining street performers and buskers that capture the city’s playful atmosphere. The street is adorned with many pavement cafes, local street-traders selling souvenirs and trinkets and it is a great place to be in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.
A couple of streets over from Las Ramblas is the Gothic Quarter. This section of the city is intertwined with narrow streets and a genuine mix of old and new. You can spend all day exploring this neighbourhood that is full of trendy bars, local restaurants and quaint shops but don’t forget to take a map as it’s easy to get lost!
Barcelona has a fascinating art and culture scene and there are many examples of Antoni Gaudi’s gothic work for you to marvel at as you explore around the city. His creations are a must-see and instantly recognisable as they tower over you as you stare up into the glinting sunshine. La Sagrada Familla is his most popular and famous attraction due to its one-of-a-kind design and the sheer enormity of the building. Antoni Gauldi is also responsible for the intricate design of Park Guell which is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage. This park is the perfect place to take a peaceful stroll while enjoying nature and looking at Gaudí’s artwork.
Don’t forget to check out Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya not only for the vast collection of Catalan art but for the incredible view of the city from the front steps.
The food in Barcelona is mouth-waterting and in abundance. There are a wealth of different restaurants, bodegas and cafes to choose from all offering different cuisines and styles, but my favourite things to eat in Barcelona are, Churros, Tapas and Paella. I just can’t get enough! Do try to steer clear of eating on Las Ramblas though as it’s not exactly “authentic”. Get yourself over to the La Boqueria food market, there is amazing food on offer wherever you turn.
However, with all that said, when the sun goes down is when the party really gets started. Barcelona at night is a whirlwind of activities. You can choose to watch the sunset from a rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand, or why not check out the magic fountain of Montjuic. Alternatively, dance the night away in one of Barcelona’s many clubs. Whatever you choose I’m sure you will have a fantastic time in the city that never sleeps.