06 Apr 10 reasons to explore Barcelona
The historical city of Barcelona is old and beautiful, but at the same time modern and mystifying. Your eyes, your skin and all your senses will be engaged as you visit this tourist attraction on the Mediterranean. Sunny on every day of the year, this beautiful Spanish city has something to please everyone, from beach to mountain to entertainment.
No matter how many times you visit, here’s why I think Barcelona is a fabulous good time every time.
1 The street markets
To see most of it, you will need a car to drive from the Plaza de Toros market square, to the Gothic quarter where you can enjoy the true Spanish way of life and document a unique architecture. Then at Plaza Catalunya you will see where the old city meets its newer nineteenth century counterpart. Lined with luxury shops, landmarks, hotels and restaurants, this square is the heart of the busy metropolitan life.
2 The food
Seafood! Seafood! This is seafood heaven. If you don’t like seafood, you will have to survive on bread and cheese (sorry).
My advice? Get the full local experience of eating, drinking and dancing in the streets of Ramblas. Even though it is a very touristic spot, my favorite treat was enjoying churros dipped in hot chocolate while sitting on a terrace. And what’s wrong with being a tourist? Nothing I tell you!
You also can’t visit Spain without getting some of their original Jamon Iberico, which I got to take back home with me, vacuum packed for freshness.
3 The architecture
This has to be one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Sightseeing from the church of La Pedrera to the museums and the monuments, you will definitely need a backup power bank and memory cards for the endless photo ops of the marvelous Gaudi architecture. It’s not just pretty to look at: you will feel spiritually moved by the majesty of these buildings. Then take a rest from walking by sitting in the parks and enjoying the dance performances, and don’t forget to donate a few euros to the dancers.
4 Passeig de Gracia
Something I can do very well no matter where I go is shopping! And here is where you will find the most exclusive and expensive stores where the rich people of Barcelona used to live. Of course you can still stroll around even if you don’t intend on spending any money, just to enjoy the beautiful Gaudi buildings.
5 The Sagrada Familia
Simply breathtaking, this famous landmark is not to be missed. Even if you don’t want to go inside the church, you should definitely visit this feat of human ingenuity that remains unfinished over one hundred years after the architect Gaudi started it.
6 Plaza Espana
Don’t miss the Plaza Espana square and its magic fountain where there’s a famous fountain light show. Most probably you will catch the elaborate show at night so check the timings, but even if you don’t see the lights there’s still lots to see and even a lot of shopping opportunities.
7 Barrio Gràcia
For an authentic Catalan experience, head to the Barrio Gràcia where you will step into another world. The locals are a fun mix of old and young people who fill the terraces and bars of the Plaza del Sol until late in the night. If you consider living in Barcelona this is one of the most coveted neighborhoods as described by the Catalans. Here during one week in august, the boroughs will all be decorated for the famous street festival competition that will be buzzing with life.
8 The beach
The beach part of Barcelona is Bogatell. Starting from the Christopher Columbus monument, you can spend hours here enjoying the various activities. Wander along the Las Palmas promenade, rent a scooter or rollers to get around, enjoy the sandy beach and play volleyball until the spectacular sunset.
9 Park Güell
All I’m gonna say is buy your tickets in advance because you really want to go see this wonder and you don’t want to queue for hours. The largest green space in the city, this park is rich in biodiversity, in architecture and in history. It is truly enjoyable for everyone, young and old.
10 The nightlife
But wait, what about the Clubs you may ask? Of course, I didn’t forget. Barcelona is an international clubbing destination, favorited among jet setters and A-listers. With world-class entertainment and famous nightclubs like Pacha, Opium or Razmatazz, the venues are vibrant and alive with all kinds of music. From EDM, techno, open air beach clubs, elaborate live performances, you will find it all.
Leaving with so many souvenirs and tons of Gaudi art, I know that this unforgettable city will stay on my mind. Hasta luego Barcelona!