Barcelona is a captivating seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture, and not to mention a world-class drinking and dining scene! Our guest writer Emily Steer gives us the lowdown on the best places to visit while holidaying in the city…
So, you’ve booked your flights and you’re off to Barcelona! Firstly, it would just be criminal to visit the city and not explore its cultural hotspots stemming from the city’s 2000 years of history. It’s nearly impossible to miss Barcelona’s unique architecture, which is made up of a stunning combination of modernity and traditional Catalonian infrastructure. The best place to check out these striking man-made scenes would be Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell, a stylish park composed of massive stone structures and mosaics inspired by the uneven natural landscapes of Barcelona. It has now been declared a World Heritage Site celebrating the works of some of the world’s most groundbreaking modern architects.
Just a few miles away from Park Guell is the slightly less visually intense, but still spectacular, town Horta Guinardo. This is Barcelona’s third largest district, which is slightly more rural. Unspoiled by swanky nightspots and expansive retail parks, it is an unpretentious hilltop neighbourhood allowing tourists to explore open green spaces and check out what it’s like to live in this stunning city.
From all the walking around town, you’ll probably start to get a bit tired and need a glass of sangria and some paella. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from, offering an extensive range of tapas all to be enjoyed while looking over the Mediterranean seafront. Loosen your belt and get ready to gorge yourself on croquetas, patatas bravas, and tortillas and, of course, some delicious churros to finish off.
If you’re not too stuffed after all that, there’s plenty more of Barcelona to enjoy. Get some practical shoes on, like a pair of Superdry Low Pros, and venture to Barcelona’s biggest festival, La Merce. The festival lasts four days in the middle of September and celebrates some of the city’s oldest and coolest traditions. There’ll be fire runs, parades, acrobatics, projection shows, music, street performers and, of course, a bit more traditional Spanish food! Lads – this super stylish summer look will keep you cool while soaking up the festival vibes, while ladies, these cute denim shorts and soft feel, loose fit blouse will take you from day to night.
Busy and bustling by day, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is heaving by night. There’s plenty more Catalonian culture to soak up if you head out to some nightclubs and bars. One of Barcelona’s oldest and most popular is Los Tarantos, famous for its nightly Flamenco performances and full-service bar where you can sit back with a glass of Vermouth and enjoy the show! Close by, cocktail bar The Milk Bar has infinite Spanish cocktails to choose from! But if you’re all full up of Spanish culture, Barcelona offers a traditional Irish pub experience, Paddy Flaherty’s bar, incredibly popular with tourists. Here you can watch any sport you want, drink any beer and enjoy games of beer pong all night long.
Obviously, there are some slightly less hardcore nights going on elsewhere. El Born gives a more sophisticated slice of Barcelona’s nightlife. Here you can trawl the narrow backstreets and check out trendy cafes and quieter bars, such as Cat Bar adorned, with some interesting modern art. If you’re feeling peckish, this is one of Barcelona’s only bars to serve all vegan food to relieve your stomach from all the rich chorizo you’ll have been stuffing yourself with!
Now that you’re in the know of all the best places to go, all that’s left to do is have an amazing time!
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