The magnificent city of Barcelona sits on northern Spain’s Mediterranean coast, and is full of wonderful culture and Catalonian charm. Feel the sand between your toes before filling up your camera’s memory card with the city’s many sights and then filling your stomach at one of its great restaurants. Barcelona is a genuine heavyweight when it comes to tourism, and with good reason, but it retains a traditional feel that makes it hard to beat.
Beaches and boardwalk
Wade into the sea from one of Barcelona’s lovely beaches, which you can enjoy from March to November. Go for a stroll along the miles and miles of boardwalk beside the sands, and stop off for a coffee and some people watching. Once your batteries are recharged make your way to La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter for the buzzing atmosphere, an array of independent shops and a dose of history.
If you want to dip into Barcelona’s culture then head to the city’s stunning gothic cathedral, contemporary art museum, or museum dedicated to Picasso. Shop with the locals at the Mercat de la Boqueria, and don’t miss the stunning La Sagrada Familia basilica. Another big part of the city’s culture is the all-conquering Barcelona football team, who play their home games at the famous 100,000-seater Camp Nou stadium.
Barcelona has stayed true to its Catalonian roots, and this is important to the city. Tourism exploded after the 1992 Olympics, but you can still feel Barcelona’s tradition by dining in restaurants that serve up delicious Catalonian fare, gazing up at medieval buildings, or spending the afternoon at the incredible Güell Park.