I love Barcelona. It’s the perfect mix of a great city and a relaxing beach holiday. There’s so much to see and do; you could easily spend a month or two there without getting bored – if you had the money, of course! But what about shorter trips?
Well, Barcelona is also great for a weekend city break. You won’t get to see it all, but you can still get a great view of what this amazing city has to offer. Here are some ideas that I would suggest you try if you ever get the chance to have a city break in Barcelona.
Check out Gaudi
It’s hard to escape the influence of the great Antoni Gaudi when you go to Barcelona. But you won’t regret investigating all that you can in the slightest. For an overview, just take a walk through the city streets and admire the incredible architecture that he designed. But, make sure you head to the Sagrada Familia, which is an utterly stunning sight to behold. Also, head out to the Park Guell, which is a remarkable garden that reminds me a lot of the fairy stories I used to read as a child. If you want to find out more about Gaudi, then a visit to the Gaudi House Museum will give you everything you need to know.
Enjoy the local food
One of the best things about Barcelona is that when you come home, you won’t just remember the sights and sounds. You’ll also remember the smells and tastes. It would be foolish to look for any other food when you are staying in the home of pintxos – which is a Basque version of the Spanish tapas. Find a great tapas bar, sit down for the evening and order a nice bottle of wine and you won’t want to leave. Until, of course, you have eaten way too much!
Walk the Montjuic
Once you’ve had your fill of tapas, you’ll need to burn off some serious calories. And there’s no better way than heading up the Montjuic Mountain. I’m not going to lie, it’s a tough trek, but at the end you will get a fantastic reward. The views are incredible, and the top of the mountain is also home to the Olympic Stadium from the 1992 games. You’ll also be able to get up close and personal with the Jardi Botanic – a botanic garden beyond compare.
Visit the beach
A lot of people don’t think about the beach when they think of Barcelona. But, given the beautiful sands stretch for over 4km, they probably should. The warm Mediterranean Sea is great for a swim and cool down after you have spent a few hours relaxing on a towel. The central beach area is great for younger folks, but it can get a little busy. However, it only takes a few minutes to find a quieter spot, for the ultimate in relaxation.
Barcelona is also a great place for shopping if that’s your thing. There is the usual smattering of designer shops and big high street names like Zara. Go off the beaten track, though, and you’ll find a whole bunch of independents and boutiques that sell awesome products for a great price.
As you can tell, I can’t recommend a trip to Barcelona enough – it’s such a fantastic place. Enjoy your trip, folks!
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