Under the Iberian sun, you will find the beautiful city of Barcelona. Here, the sun shines, history is embedded in every street, and the party never stops. Being the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean sea, visiting Barcelona means you can relax at the beach in the morning and visit its magnificent museums in the afternoon. There is plenty to do, see, and taste in Barcelona. Its rich artistic history can be experienced while strolling through the city, since the influences of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and especially that of Antoni Gaudí are so intrinsic to the city’s culture.
Known for its tapas and wine, make sure you enjoy some flavorful delicacies while in Barcelona. Jamón iberico is a must try, accompanied with a glass of fruity sangria. Be sure to stop by la Boqueria mercat for some freshly squeezed, all natural fruit juice at just 2 euros a cup. This food market also features many Spanish specialties, so don’t be afraid to come with your appetite.
Public transportation is commonly used in Barcelona, especially if you are looking to venture off to one of its most iconic sights, Park Guell. This hilltop park is where thousands of tourists go to take beautiful panoramic pictures of the city with the beautiful effect of Gaudí’s colored mosaics. If you enjoy Gaudí’s masterpieces, be sure to visit the Casa Batllo museum, as well as la Pedrera. Most notably though is by far the Sagrada Familia Basilica, but because of its popularity, book your tickets in advance to avoid the line that wraps around the monument.
If you want to delve into Spanish history, you can take a tour of the Museo Taurino, which used to be a bull-fighting ring before the sport got banned in the Catalonia region in 2012.
Barcelona is also known for its non-stop fiestas. If you are looking for incredible nightlife, head to Las Ramblas, a busy boulevard filled with street performers, tapas, and bars. The gothic quarter of Barcelona is filled with marvelous architecture, as well as bars nestled into its hidden corners, perfect for drinking the night way.
Barcelona is a diverse city that caters to all different tastes, to those who want to relax by the sea, to those who love to admire art, and to those who just want to get lost and discover.