Barcelona; the trendy, arty, seafood-crazy second city of Spain is a hit with tourists from all over the world, on a quest for heat, history, and tapas. As with any city break, it’s a good idea to try to squeeze as much action into a small space of time as possible, and Barcelona is no exception. With so much to see and taste, get your trip planned before you set off – you don’t want to miss anything! Here are five things you have to do when you visit Barcelona.
Take in the modern art
Barcelona is chock full of incredible modern architecture, and the works of Antoni Gaudi are among the most popular. The Sagrada Familia, beautiful inside and out, is an absolute must-visit for anyone visiting Barcelona, and an iconic structure in the history of modern architecture.
But the streets are full of visually interesting and stunning buildings by a whole host of artistic superstars – and you don’t have to love architecture to appreciate their originality and beauty. Be sure to check out Cadafalch’s works Casa Amatller and the Palau de la Musica.
Gorge on seafood
Being right on the beach, Barcelona is particularly famed for its incredible seafood. From squid rings to whitebait, and everything in between, it’s a fish lover’s idea of heaven. If you’re in the mood for something luxurious, be sure to head down to the Rias de Galicia in Poble-sec for lobster to die for.
See it from the sea
The docks around the seafront of Barcelona are stunning, and the beautiful sandy beaches with crystal blue waters are only a couple of miles outside of the main city center. The seafront restaurants boast the freshest seafood, and jugs of delicious sangria.
For the ultimate luxury experience, yacht hire is available around the ports, meaning you can see the beautiful city and surrounding areas from a whole new vantage point, and bask in the glorious Mediterranean sun.
Explore the historical streets
Before you arrive, be sure to polish up on your knowledge of Barcelona’s incredible history – it makes the sights so much more relevant when you’ve got a basic understanding of their origin.
A few things you certainly can’t miss, other than obviously the Sagrada Familia, are the Sant Pau del Camp – a beautiful Romanesque building, and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar for a great example of the Gothic architecture that was popular in Catalonia.
Take in the views of the city
The city is stunning from the street, but when you head up the hill known as Montjuic, the views are incredible. The huge hill towers over the city, offering vistas of both the historical town and the harbor.
The historical fortifications atop the hill are a great throwback to the city’s complex past, but most people head up there just for the views. If the sun is too hot, of you don’t fancy the walk, the summit can be reached by funicular railway.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Barcelona, you’re in for the weekend of your life, and you’ll be planning your next visit before you even leave.