Barcelona is a fantastic city to visit for a few days, week or several months. It’s that kind of town. Like Paris, Barcelona got its start as a Roman city. If you poke around the city, you might stumble upon a Roman ruin or two. There is also the legend has it that everybody’s favorite strongman Hercules had a hand in giving the city its start. That just goes to show you how Barcelona can be a mystical and magical destination. In fact, there is pretty much something amazing around every street corner. Here are the hot spots that should be on your itinerary:
It’s not often you can come face to face with a “wonder of the world.” That’s exactly what you’re going to find at The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. This is a Roman Catholic basilica designed by Barcelona’s most famous architect Antoni Gaudi. You’ll see plenty of examples of Gaudi’s work as you make your way around town but none as elaborate and amazing as this structure. Technically, it has been under construction for over a hundred years. Gaudi began work in 1883, and at the time of his death in 1926, only 25% of the building was finished. The work went on as a tribute to Gaudi and its intended purpose. As Gaudi would often quip, “My client is not in a hurry.”
Every city has its “Main Street” where all the visitors seem to flock. In Barcelona that would be Las Ramblas. There is plenty to see, do and eat along this vibrant boulevard. After you do your stroll, you might want to end up at Placa Reial. Here you’ll find some of Barcelona’s best restaurants and nightclubs. However, it’s not just the nightlife of the “Royal Plaza” that you can enjoy. Find a good seat in a cafe for the little sangria and late afternoon people watching. You won’t be disappointed.
Barrio Gotico or the Gothic Quarter is where you’ll find the oldest streets and buildings in the city. There are street performers, art galleries, cafes, and churches that can transport you back in time. Stroll on your own or go for a guided tour. Either way, you’ll probably find yourself drifting back here throughout your stay. There is just too much to see.
Hit The Beach
Yes, there are museums to see and tapas to try but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break from all that action. Barcelona is also home to one of the most idyllic stretches of beach along the Mediterranean. As you head out to the beach, you want to find that sweet spot between a Chiringuito (beach bar) and the warm water. Let the Mojitos flow!