There are plenty of good reasons why Barcelona is so popular. The appeal of a vibrant, modern city with an amazing climate is just too good to miss. Travel there before the main tourist season and avoid (some of) the crowds.
Just make sure these must-do items make it onto your list.
Everything about this ambitious basilica by Antoni Gaudi is crazy. After more than 140 years it’s still only three quarters complete. Gaze up at the nave and try not to let your jaw hang open.
Promenade around Las Ramblas and soak up the atmosphere. Yes it’s for tourists and the locals shun the area but it’s still the place to be on a beautiful summer’s evening.
Soak up the sites and smells in Barcelona’s famous market. The freshness and variety of produce will shame even the best of supermarkets. If the bustling gets too much, seek out a cooling beer in one of the market’s bars.
If it’s exercise you’re seeking, Barcelona’s beachfront stretches for miles. Hire a cycle and explore the seafront, stopping for a dip in the wonderful warm water.
This is the city of Gaudi and Park Guell is a descent into wonderland. Marvel at the fountains, sculptures, mosaics and snap the panoramic views over Barcelona.
Find out the best paella in Barcelona. There are many pretenders for the crown (and heated arguments over which is THE best).
Placa de Catalunya
This bustling area is the place to meet up with friends or watch the world go by. Benches are provided.
Take in a light show at this magic fountain. The spectacular display of light, music and water is a wonderful end to a summer’s day.
Barcelona is a place you can return to time and time again. From art and culture to skate boarding and beaches, it’s a place that delivers for all tastes and preferences.