Barcelona, Spain, is a very Gothic and avant-garde city lining the Mediterranean Sea. This multinational city oozes energy: from the bars and clubs in El Born to the exceptional chefs roaming the La Boqueria Market before the sunrise. The capital of Spain is truly a place of secrets waiting to be revealed- from the blanketed courtyards of Barri Gòtic to Sagrada Familia’s light seizing wax-like turrets. This article will provide you with all the information that you may need during your stay in Barcelona, so that you won’t have to lug around heavy and boring guide books.
Checklist of Activities
Reminisce on your blessings at the Santa Maria del Mar church before taking a long stroll thru the maze-like paths of Barri Gòtic. Marvel at the architecture of the La Sagrada Família cathedral and well-trimmed landscape of Park Güell. Are you an art fanatic? Then don’t miss out on a tour of the famed Picasso Museum to appreciate Picasso’s early sketches and Blue Period masterpieces. Hit the Barceloneta beach or perhaps pick bouquet from Montjuïc’s array of gardens…after all, if you are going to spend your holiday in Spain, you must get a little tanned or nobody will believe you have ever been there when you return home.
Fill Your Heart and Bags with Mementos
La Boqueria Market is home to Spain’s major shopping avenues. This is the right place to buy all those souvenirs and little gifts that your relatives, friends and colleagues will no doubt be expecting. Seafood bars are perfect outlets for party appetizers and light groceries. Creamy goat cheese spread over a slice of bread or crackers is an example of what you will find here. Designer label department stores like El Corte Inglés grace the sidewalks of Passeig de Gràcia. Booths selling native artwork, vintage clothes and old records can be found in El Born, El Raval and Barri Gòtic.
Bars, Clubs and More
Bodega’s (clubs) are lively in Barri Gótic, while the calmer jazz clubs and tapas bars sit in Plaça Real. Or maybe you just want to take a leisurely night paseo (stroll) in the Ciutat Vella. El Born gives off a more youthful appearance with sounds ranging from techno to tango…my advice is that you give the latter a try, as techno is player nearly anywhere nowadays, whereas Argentinian tango can only be experienced in a limited number of places, and Barcelona is one of them. If you’re visiting during a warmer season then grab a cocktail from one of Villa Olímpica’s beach bars. Concerts held at the Palau de la Música Catalana are also a popular commodity here.
Barcelona’s cuisine has become world-famous due to the likes of several mega chefs, including Xavier Pellicer. El Born and Barri Gòtic host some of the best restaurants in town. Exotic dishes of esqueixada (salted cod salad) and pan tomaquet (tomato bread) are found in the various tapas bars. With so many cultural meals and festivities in this piquant town, you can see why the natives are so proud to call it home. Take a journey here for yourself, and see if you too can experience the magic of Barcelona.