From streets lined with artistic murals and surprise performances to stalls that sell all kinds of goods to the warm, open beach, Barcelona offers a slice of heaven for everyone. Architecturally, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with each building facade intricately detailed and the city is laid out for any traveler to find their way around with ease. Walking around, you find yourself submerged in street-side sangria, a delicious alcoholic drink the Spanish are renowned for, being offered at inexpensive rates to the fresh fruit stalls that sell more than just fruit.
Each district has its alluring factor but Las Ramblas, a gorgeous tree-lined pedestrian walkway, is the busiest and most lively street of the city. Ciutat Vella, home to the Picasso Museum, is just west of Las Ramblas and along with Plaça Catalunya is home to surprise flamenco and capoeira performances that take place on an almost daily basis. Grab a glass of world-famous Spanish wine at any of the restaurants on offer while you watch either the Samba, the Flamenco, or a magician wow the crowd with their skills, you’re guaranteed non-stop entertainment in Barcelona all day, every day.
Park Guell is breathtaking!
Barcelona, much like the rest of Spain, has a leisurely schedule with shops, cafes and restaurants rarely open before noon, so if you’re an early riser, get ready to accommodate yourself to the city’s lifestyle as the parties go late into the night, sometimes as early as six in the morning and the city starts their daily business after noon. During this time, grab a bike from the numerous bike rental places on offer that cater to tourists and tend to open early. Cruise around town on the specifically designated bike-only paths that have their own streetlights!
Park Guell is the best place to be, as tourists don’t start flooding in until after the heat of the afternoon passes. Just a short distance away from the city centre, Parc Guell overlooks the entire city of Barcelona and is one of the more romantic spots in the city. Designed by the same man, Charles Gaudi, who oversaw the architecture of the city, it’s a park like no other in the country with it’s winding paths, staircases and breathtaking sights of a city that makes you wonder why you don’t live there.
La Sagrada Familia is a must-see in Barcelona
The landmark attraction of the Catalan city is La Sagrada Familia. Although incomplete, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is breathtaking to witness. Upon first walking into the church, one cannot help to feel their stomach drop as they witness of the most impressive and beautiful creations known to man. Visitors first gaze up at the height that the ceiling extends to, supported by beautiful hand shaped columns, which were hand-shaped to resemble the trunks of trees. As a lover of nature, Gaudi included many elements of God’s natural beauty within his work.
La Sagrada Familia is an absolute must-see for every visitor in Spain and the Barcelona. It is truly a masterpiece and is sure to please visitors of all ages. Be mindful to dress appropriately, as bare shoulders, knees and feet are not permitted and unless adhered to you will not be granted entry. Ensure that your tickets are booked online to avoid the hour-long queue to enter the church.
Take a tour of Camp Nou!
The Olympic stadium, home to the 1992 Olympic games, is another attraction that is a must-see on any traveler itinerary along with Camp Nou soccer stadium, host to one of the world’s best soccer teams: FC Barcelona. Immerse yourself in the Catalan culture by watching a game, if the chance presents itself, as tickets are almost available at discount rates the day of the game. Otherwise, tours are available daily. If you’ve got time on your hands, the Salvador Dali museum is an hour journey by train just outside of the city and if that doesn’t interest you, the Montserrat mountain range is a mere ninety minutes away and is a great reprieve from the bustling chaos of Barcelona.
Make Barcelona a high-priority on your travel destination list!
Like with any other major city, Barcelona has a persistent crime problem but it’s mainly to do with pickpockets. Keep your belongings safe and ensure that everything is on you at all times and you’re constantly checking your pockets as it’s world renowned as the pick-pocketing capital of the world with grandmothers to little children in on the ploy.
Apart from this little issue, Barcelona year-round is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit because of its temperate climate, warm people, artistic vibes and the overall beauty of a city that understands the meaning of the word ‘vacation’. Make sure that Barcelona is a high-priority on your list of cities to visit.
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