Sizzling culture, ancient architecture, sun-drenched beaches, aperitifs and mouth-watering tapas are what trips to Barcelona are all about. This is a city which offers an endless list of travel musts. Cultural enthusiast? The Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s masterpieces, food festivals and iconic architecture are all on your doorstep; think the Sagrada Família, Casa Vicens, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló and Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella, just to get you started. More of a beach lover? Head to the city’s beaches to soak up some Mediterranean sun and dip your toes in the balmy waters. Barceloneta Beach, Nova Icaria Beach and Ocata Beach are just a few go-tos for the ultimate summer chill day. Party goer? Barcelona’s feel good vibes run around the clock with rustic beachside bars, jazz music and all-night clubs overflowing this city by the sea. Head to El Raval Barrio off Las Ramblas for cool bars and restaurants, or the Poblenou to dance the night away.
If you’re looking to add a touch of culture to your Barcelona sightseeing adventure, why not thrown in a flamenco show or try out your salsa moves in the many specialist clubs across the city. For those looking for a celebration, a Spanish festival could be right up your street. Barcelona has an array of music, food and dance festivals all ready and waiting for you, including Sonar, Primavera Sound, and Eat Street Barcelona.
On the topic of food, let’s not forget a Barcelona trip essential - tapas. Patatas bravas, Spanish omelette, spiced lamb, Pa amb tomaquet and croquetas are just some of the tasty treats Barcelona has in store for you, or perhaps a seafood paella will steal your heart. Either way, tapas is the perfect alfresco dining experience to enjoy on the cobbled streets, all washed down with an ice cold Estrella beer, or a few glasses of sangria.
City life getting a little chaotic for you? Make for the mountains for a peaceful retreat, where you’ll find blissful serenity, breathtaking views and adventure activities galore. From dawn to dusk, Barcelona is a heady mix of history, food, culture, sunshine (300 days a year no less), good times and everything in-between. This is a city that’s fast paced, cultural, chilled, iconic, immersive and utterly irresistible. Barcelona, we’re ready to see what you got...
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Barcelona sightseeing doesn't have to be done solely on foot. Why not grab a bike and cruise down the backstreets to get a real feel for this charismatic city? ‘Bicing’ is a bicycle sharing system where you can grab a bike just about anywhere in the city and spend the day rolling around on two wheels. Or, why not opt for a bike tour to see the city in style, and feel the cool breeze as the sun beats down on you. This is a great way to really delve into this city and all it has to offer, whilst burning off that extra tapas dish you treated yourself to for lunch...
A Barcelona guided tour is full of bucket list musts, but nothing quite compares to treating your taste buds to traditional tapas. The Spanish cuisine can be eaten as an appetizer, snack, or full-blown meal; think olives, cheeses, squid, meats, chorizo, garlic prawns, and let’s not forget patatas bravas (fried potatoes in olive oil and garlic - yum). And the best part about these delicious small plates? They provide the perfect excuse to share whilst getting acquainted with your new travel buds. The sweet life of al fresco dining really don't get much better that this - side serving of Sangria, anyone?
If the Spanish know one thing it’s how to party, with Barcelona the epicenter of activity. Dancing into the early hours is the status quo here, so prepare to adjust your body clock. Once the aperitifs hour is over, Pulitzer Terrace is absolutely where it's at for some incredible Barcelona views and chilled out vibes. Closing time at the bars doesn’t mean home time, instead it’s time to head to the variety of clubs on offer, and Las Ramblas is an area in Barcelona which never fails to disappoint. Head to Marula for funk, soul and Latin beats, or the restaurant and lounge club Shoko, situated on the beach front, never fails to disappoint.
The architecture of the mind bogglingly talented Gaudi is dotted just about everywhere in Barcelona. His modernist designs have resulted in unique buildings which are pretty hard to miss, especially when it comes to La Sagrada Familia - the iconic church which has been under construction since 1982. Yup, that's right, this building isn't going to be completed until 2030. The church quite literally dominates the Barcelona skyline and is a formidable sculpture which gives you some pretty awesome views if you opt to climb one of its skyhigh towers. Park Güell, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera are a few other architectural wonders which give you a little snapshot of the genius of Gaudi’s mind.
Who said Barcelona was all architecture, bars and beaches? The Spanish hot spot is also well known for its sporting achievements, particularly football. Home to the infamous FC Barcelona football team, a tour of the Nou Camp stadium is a must for any sports fan. The second largest football stadium in the world is well worth the visit, and will have you spending around 2 hours exploring behind the scenes, getting on the pitch, and living out your football fantasies. Discover the legendary teams path to greatness, walk in the footsteps of icons, and toast your visit with an ice cold Estrella.
If you’re in Barcelona in August, you’re in for a treat! The colourful streets come alive with decorations, sculptures, colours and an all week-long drinking and dancing extravaganza. This festival will have you partying in true Spanish style as you celebrate in an explosion of colour, art and creativity.