As a city break destination, Barcelona comes up tops for several reasons. If you’re someone who enjoys a relaxed café culture, shopping sprees, beach days, exploring museums and a buzzing nightlife, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with what this Spanish city has to offer.
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Get lost in Park Güell
Barcelona’s most popular park in La Salut has been around since the 1900s and is now a public space. Based on the design of British residential parks, it was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and covers more than 17 hectares of open-access green areas. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1984, like other works by the famous architect.
With several different spaces to explore, you could spend a good few hours admiring the views and stunning architecture. From Plaza de la Naturaleza spacious viewpoint to the lush green Garden of Austria, Park Güell offers a peaceful respite from the bustling city beneath.
Have a picnic at the beach
Barcelona’s coastline spans 100 miles, so when you want a change of scenery you can head to one of the soft sand beaches for some well-deserved rest. Check out Barceloneta Beach for the most entertainment and atmosphere, or Mar Bella Beach for watersports.
Nova Icaria Beach has a great family vibe, while Bogatell Beach which draws a mature crowd and has a several bars and restaurants locally. Both Castelldefels Beach and Garraf Beach are quieter options on the outskirts of the city.
Shop till you drop on La Rambla
Shopping in Barcelona is a breeze with so much to choose from, but La Ramblas is a good starting point. The central boulevard stretches approximately 1.2 km from Port Vell to Placa de Catalunya, with a few metro stations servicing the area.
The iconic tree-lined footpath has everything from hotels, monuments and restaurants, to food markets, café’s and bars which means it’s teaming with both locals and tourists. It’s always worth being mindful of pickpockets in this busy areas, but yiu can stil, enjoy strolling along soaking up the atmosphere of the city.
Discover Gaudi’s famous works
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí has left a huge impact on Barcelona with his unique approach to the Art Nouveau movement. Walk through the city’s streets and you will be greeted with his work which is unmistakably his.
Some of our favourite buildings and designs include Casa Vicens, Casa Milá (The Stone Quarry), Parc Güell and the most famous church – La Sagrada Familia.
Party with the locals
Nightlife in Barcelona is a heady mix of wine bars, eclectic nightclubs and even boat parties. With such an urban and diverse crowd of partygoers, you can expect to have plenty of fun in Barcelona when night falls.
Cocktail fans will enjoy Le Pop Cocktail Bar on La Rambla mixing some of the finest concoctions by aware-winning mixologists, while the Gothic Quarter is home to a selection of Irish-themed pubs like Flaherty’s. The alternative neighbourhoods of Ravel and Gracia offer some stylish and Bohemian bars like Marmalade and La Cigale. There are almost too many to name, but you can take your pick of venues to socialise and have fun.