Barcelona is one of Europe’s most visited cities. The combination of beach, shopping, art and history has for a long time made the city irresistible to tourists. Whether it is sun and swimming you are looking for or if you want to visit some of the city’s many beautiful buildings and art museums, there is something for you.
Art and architecture
Barcelona is famous for its stunning buildings and beautiful architecture. The city boasts several buildings by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. His imaginative and headstrong architecture has left its mark on the city. He is responsible for the city’s fantastic cathedral, La Sagrada Familia. Also worth a visit is Park Guell, a park designed by Gaudi and also his greatest creation. To enter the park is to get lost in a unique fantasy world. Also do not miss Casa Batllo with its fantastic facade and interior or La Pedrera with its sculptures that seem to have been moved here from another world.
Barcelona also has many famous art museums. No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the Picasso Museum. CaixaForum is a museum housed in a beautiful modern building that exhibits both modern and older art. In addition, it is completely free. There are also museums for modern art, historical museums, a chocolate museum and even a museum for perfume bottles!
In Barcelona you will find both all the big brands and small traditional shops. On Passeig de Gracia you can find the city’s most exclusive shopping. For those who are looking for a little more locally colored shopping, it is recommended that you go to La Rambla and the surrounding area. It is a lively area full of shops and street vendors. Another suggestion for you who want to find exciting things is that you go to Els Encants Vells, the city’s oldest flea market. You will not learn to come from there empty-handed.
There is a lot to see in Barcelona and sometimes it can be overwhelming. If, after seeing all the city’s sights for a few days, you feel the need to relax, there are several beaches to choose from that are close by and easy to get to. Sant Sebastia is the beach closest to the city center and it is very popular with the locals. Barceloneta is a long wonderful beach that is much loved by tourists. Sant Miquel is also a big favorite. These are just some of the beaches available near Barcelona. Just find your favorite.
Experience the city
Stroll through all of Barcelona’s historic alleys and bustling squares. Feel the wings of history as you pass the historic buildings and feel the heart of the city beat in the markets and streets. Sit down on an outdoor terrace and eat traditional tapas dishes or buy local goods at one of the city’s food markets. Barcelona offers a unique combination of historical and modern, culture and entertainment, city and beach. There is something for everyone, no matter what your interests. No one can fail to marvel at this wayward, soulful city.