Based on the East coast of Spain on the shores of the mediterranean, the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain has become a must-visit thanks to the brilliant works of the architect Antonio Gaudi, its thriving nightlife and captivating mix of the old and new world. Barcelona is also world famous for its soccer team, and a tour around the legendary Camp Nou is a must for any sports fan.
Main AttractionsSagrada Familia
A visit to Barcelona isn’t complete without a visit to the spectacular Sagrada Familia cathedral. Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece is still under construction (and won’t be complete until 2028, or so they say!), but is open to visitors every day.
Gaudi’s intricate, symbolic carvings include lots of “Easter Eggs” for visitors to spot, including several columns supported by turtles.
If you don’t want to pay for a ticket to go inside, a walk around the outside of the cathedral is rewarding enough for anyone on a budget.Park Guell
A short bus ride from the city, Park Guell is an idyllic spot that showcases some of Gaudi’s most famous works - including the endearing lizard statue that greets you into the park - a popular spot for photos. The park also has the world’s longest bench - designed by Gaudi, the mosaic-decorated bench has fabulous views over the city, from Sagrada Familia down to the blue ocean.
What to DoTry Tapas
The traditional Spanish cuisine is made to eat with friends; small plates of delicious and reasonable food to share at a table. Barcelona is packed with fantastic tapas restaurants (some with an accompanying traditional flamenco show in the evenings), with fresh seafood, cured meats and spicy patatas bravas all washed down with a cool glass of sangria wine.
Walk Las Ramblas
This busy thoroughfare leading to the ocean is one of the most popular spots for a walk around Barcelona. The street is bursting with restaurants, markets, artists, street performers and even the odd museum. A stroll down the cobbled street is a must-do for anyone visiting for the first time.
Las Ramblas is popular amongst tourists and can be a bit of a hot spot for pickpockets. Keep an eye on your possessions and do not talk to anyone who approaches you asking you to read something - it is often a ruse.
Where To Stay
Barcelona is a popular destination with backpackers and tourists alike, meaning there is a huge range of accommodation in the city, from cheap hostels to luxury hotels.
For those who want somewhere to sleep after a night of partying in the popular Gothic Quarter, the trendy Kabul hostel on Placa Reial is a great spot for having a few beers, making friends, and crashing after a night out.
For chic boutique, the Ohla Hotel has a rooftop pool with stunning views and the Michelin starred Suac restaurant to try out after a day of sightseeing.