With its wealth of history, loveable culture, delicious local cuisine and wild nightlife, Barcelona is a travellers dream and is the epitome of a #noregrets destination! With so many things to see and do it can be hard to fit it all into one visit, so let’s jump straight into it with a trip to one of its most famous strips – La Rambla.
Though it’s a bit of tourist trap, the vibrant area of La Rambla must still be seen and makes for the perfect way to spend an afternoon. This mile-long road is bustling with travellers, artists, human statues, fortune-tellers, dancers and music, and is the ultimate spot for people watching and souvenir shopping. The famous La Boqueria market, is located here, so if you’re feeling peckish grab some delicious summer fruit and take a stroll along the strip – a colourful #noregrets moment in which you’re sure to meet a few interesting characters.
Once you’ve met the locals it’s time to see why Barcelona is famous for its architecture, and if there’s place that you will amaze you, it’s the Sagrada Familia. One of the most famous works of Gaudi, this iconic temple has been in construction since 1882 and is not expected to be completed until at least 2026 - so hopefully that gives you some understanding of the grand scale of the church. Stand at the entrance of this UNESCO world heritage site and marvel at its Nativity facade, the Passion facade, the Glory facade and the many spires that proudly stand at the top of the building. It has been described as ‘the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages’, and you don’t have to be a design buff to recognise its brilliance. So, get over there and experience the jaw-dropping Sagrada Familia for yourself.
You should have worked up an appetite by now so it’s time to sample some of the many delicious tapas on offer. Tossa, located not far from the Sagrada Familia, is a quaint family-owned restaurant that serves up a range of delicious and reasonably priced food in a friendly atmosphere. Get your mates together and order up a variety of tapas so that you don’t miss out on tasting them all. Tossa has become famous for serving up the best croquettes in Barcelona and we’d also recommend the Spanish omelette, stuffed olives, chorizo in cider, peppers from Padrón and veal brochette. Tuck into your table of Spanish delicacy’s and toast with a cool sangria.
After you’ve seen some of the historical and cultural delights of Barcelona it’s time to check out the nightlife, and what better place to start than Chupitos Bar. This much-loved bar attracts revellers from around the globe and is most famous for its 200 shots - of which there are no descriptions, so be prepared for surprises! Try your luck with some of the shots on offer including the famous ‘Monica Lewinsky’ and a range of fire shots! Be warned though, these drinks don’t come with a smile; the ‘Rambo’ for instance includes an army hat and a whole lot of yelling…love it!
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What are you most looking forward to seeing in Barcelona?