Barcelona is one the most vibrant cities in Europe. A favorite destination for an exciting City Escape!
If you have never visited Spain before then I would definitely recommend Barcelona as your first port of call. Whether you love shopping, experimenting with new cuisines, relaxing on the beach or simply sight-seeing, Barcelona has a never ending list of things to do! The weather is typical of a Mediterranean city and so, perfect for visiting at any time of year. Below is a list of the best things to do in this lively city.
Dominating the Barcelona skyline this spectacular minor basilica designed by Antonio Gaudi, has been ‘under construction’ for over a century. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was planned to be complete by 2026, but due to the work being paused as a result of the pandemic this date has now been postponed. The whole design is greatly influenced by nature. On the outside impressive scenes of the nativity and the passion adorn the facades. Once inside the stained glass windows create an impressive spectacle lighting up the giant arches designed to give one a feeling of being among trees in a forest. Buy your tickets here to skip the ticket line.
A lively street lined with the tallest of trees, lively outdoor cafes, street artists and all types of vendors. This is the location for most of the main buildings in Barcelona. The walkway starts at Plaza Catalunya, leading you all the way to the Port Vell, by the seaside shopping centre Maremagnum, which is generally also open on the weekend. Just prefect for a Sunday stroll!
Set up over 50 years ago by Pablo Picasso’s close friends to honor his wish of having a museum in his city, the Picasso Museum houses the largest collection of over 4000 artworks. The exhibitions enable the viewer to understand Spanish life through the artist’s eyes and includes works from his formative years right though to the blue period. The site is made up of 5 adjoining villas and Gothic palaces, located on Calle Montcada in the El Born district of Old Town.
In the Gràcia district, on El Carmel mountain you will find another impressive monument designed by Antonio Guadi. A magical garden with a mosaic dragon ready to welcome you as you enter. This one of a kind garden with interesting architectural elements also houses the Gaudi Museum. The entrance is free for locals but visitors must purchase a ticket which can be bought here.
Explore the medieval alleyways and discover the history behind this ancient district. At nighttime the area comes alive and is one of the best spots for cocktails, tapas and enjoying the Spanish nightlife.
If you’re looking to spend some time by the sea or enjoy the delicious seafood Spain is renowned for, this is the area to explore. It is also the ideal place to practice all types of water sport. Located in Cuitat Vella ‘Old Town’ district, it is famous for it’s sandy beach which is featured in the famous book Don Quixote.
I do hope you have a fantastic time exploring Barcelona!
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