Everyone loves a city break to split up the year. So, what could be better than having the culture and atmosphere of a big city but also the luxury of a golden sandy beach on your doorstep?
A getaway to Barcelona is an absolute must for a city break, or a beach one for that matter. It’s somewhere that I could visit over and over again.
Sun, sea and sand
The Barceloneta beach is the ideal place for kicking back and relaxing in the sun. Barcelona’s oldest and best-loved beach is home to over 1km of golden sands. One thing you can guarantee with the Barceloneta is that if the sun’s out, which happens to be the majority of the year, then hundreds of revellers will also be out, making it the liveliest place to be whilst the sun is high in the sky.
Sitting on the beachfront, looking out towards the Mediterranean and sipping on Sangria, doesn’t that sound perfect? Sangria is number one on Barcelona’s drink menu. You’re never far from a jug of the traditional Iberian beverage, with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from on the beach. Although some mixes are a lot stronger than others!
Moving inland and Barcelona has a city culture to rival that of Paris or Rome. When on a city break, you have to do some exploring and get a feel for the local culture. The Catalonian city has many backstreets and squares which are just waiting to be explored, so why not spend a day doing exactly that?
Thousands of people walk down Las Ramblas every day, passing by landmark buildings and taking in the city’s rich history. Delve deep into Barcelona’s history with Antoni Gaudí. The architect left his mark on this city with three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sagrada Família, the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world, Casa Milà and the Park Güel, which have become massive tourist attractions, making for fantastic Instagram pictures.
With any big city comes a great nightlife, so it would’ve been rude of me not to visit Opium, Barcelona’s premium nightclub located on the beachfront, with a large terrace allowing you the best views of the Mediterranean. It’s a meeting point for young tourists and those visiting the city looking for an authentic experience of fun.
Clubbing isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out on what this historic city has to offer when the sun goes down. Plaça Reial and Las Ramblas both have a chilled, yet vibrant, atmosphere where you can choose from a number of bars on the strip to enjoy the warm nights and drink, you guessed it, Sangria.