Barcelona is without a doubt one of our favourite places to visit. Whether you’re spending the day soaking up the sun on the beach, enjoying the picturesque sweep of mountains in the distance, or caught up in the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas, the Catalan capital certainly has it all.
Ok, spending a day at a Barcelona beach is a must-do experience. Barceloneta or Sant Sebastià are the most well known and popular beaches so expect a lively atmosphere with plenty of other beach goers and locals. However, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Barcelona so be sure to get up and explore.
It’s worth taking a stroll down the vibrant Las Ramblas boulevard and visiting the world famous food market La Boqueria as it’s just a stone’s throw away from the coastline and is crowded with action pretty much 24/7. If the souvenir stalls, buskers and living statues are all too much, slip down one of the narrow side streets and check out the Gothic Quarter as it’s packed with cultural attractions.
The city combines historic and modern architecture in a unique way mainly thanks to the works of the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. In the city centre you’ll find perhaps his most iconic creation, the Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church that is still in its final stage of construction. Fans of the architect should also visit Park Güell; a surreal public park that looks more like a setting from Guillermo del Toro’s Pan's Labyrinth than your conventional green space.
Sports fans should head to the Camp Nou stadium, home of the world famous FC Barcelona football club for a chance to tour the 100,000 seater stadium. If your lady friend rolls her eyes at the mention of football, don’t worry, Barcelona is as vibrant by night as it is by day so spoil her with some fine dining followed by some bespoke cocktails… after you’ve seen the stadium of course.