Barcelona, Spain

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about spain

Spain is loaded with outstanding artistic, natural, food and historical activities. There are different outings for all and delicious gastronomy to keep you all going. Gaudi, the wineries, hiking, skiing, churros with chocolate in the center of Madrid, parties, the beautiful beaches of Ibiza, the Tomatina, San Fermin, the Fallas in Valencia, the April Fair in Seville.

One of our favorite things to do in Spain is walking around the Albicon neighborhood and watching the sun fall over the Alhambra before enjoying tapas. We love southern Spain's style.

Madrid and Barcelona are two fantastic bases for visiting Spain's offerings. You can make quick day trips to the beautiful and historic cities of Segovia, Salamanca, Toledo or Cuenca. Or you can make a trip to Dali's old stomping grounds along the Costa Brava, go to Andalusia and admire its many treasures or visit the north and eat delicious seafood with fine wine in beautiful sea villages.

about barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most touristic cities in the world and with good reason! It's a vibrant cosmopolitan city with beautiful architecture, great bars and restaurants, centuries of history and oh yes, a beach

Modernism and the Olympic Games renewed the city and laid the foundation for it to become what it is today: a trendsetting city that's a hot destination year after year.

Geographic extension is limited by natural barriers like the mountains, the sea and two rivers and so Barcelona is a relatively small city. Most of the points of interest are central and near the sea: like the neighborhoods of El Born, El Gotic or L'Eixample. However, up in the mountains you have some of the best surprises within the city, like Montjuic, the Park Guell or El Tibidabo, those points offer you the best views of the city. I recommend a drink at the Hotel Miramar where the city skyline is unforgettable.

In Barcelona you can enjoy superb Modernism works of art, visit impressive Gothic Cathedrals, shop it up at Passeig de Gracia, take a sunbath in La Barceloneta, enjoy delicious tapas, live the diversity of the city in Las Ramblas and toast for great holidays with cava!

things to do in barcelona

The modernism route

Most Barcelona neighborhoods have at least some Modernism in them. Of course Gaudi's pieces are the most visited and well known. At Passeig de Gracia you'll find Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Casa Bato and next to it another outstanding building: Casa Atmaller. Other important points of interest are La Sagrada Familia, Hospital Sant Pau, Park Guell and the Arc de Triomf. Outside of these mandatory visits, you'll find all kinds of beautiful buildings around the city. Make sure to look for the details and be aware of your environment so you can appreciate a lovely door here, a delicate creative iron piece there, an interesting street lamp while you wait for the green light... Barcelona has plenty of well-designed details!

Las Ramblas and El Raval

Another top thing to do is walk by Las Ramblas where many artists perform on the emblematic street. Make a stop at La Boqueria (Sant Josep Market) to enjoy the fresh fruit and Spanish products. La Boqueria is located in the Raval neighborhood. El Raval is the most cosmopolitan district of Barcelona and one of the last neighborhoods to experience major changes that have converted it into one of the trendiest in the city. You have to visit the MACBA, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Palau Guell, the cat designed by Botero at La Rambla del Raval or do some alternative shopping at Taller and Riera Baixa Streets.

Gothic neighborhood

It is the historic center of the city and one of the liveliest. Drift around, visit the Cathedral, walk by the Bisbe Street, linger in the most beautiful squares: SantJaume square, Reial Square and SantFelipNeri Square. Go for some shopping at Portal del Angel, eat delicious chocolate with cream at Granja Pallaresa (Petritxol, 11), visit the emblematic cafe 4 gats and have a late drink at the historic bar La Marsella (Sant Pau, 65).

El Born neighborhood

This is a great neighborhood to explore: loose your map, get lost and discover beautiful corners, interesting shops, visit the gorgeous Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral (our favorite!) and eat some tapas at the best bars in the city like Can Paixano, where you'll enjoy tasty tapas and a delicious sparkling rose wine.

The beach and La Barceloneta

Stroll along the Passeig Maritim, have a delicious lunch while overlooking the seaside. Visit the Olympic sea port and the bar at the W Barcelona Hotel where you'll find a beautiful view of the city or enjoy a quiet morning on the beach near the cool neighborhood of La Barceloneta. Have a delicious meal at Segons Bar (Balboa, 16) or Can Ramonet (Maquinista, 17).

Other top things to do in Barcelona

You can't miss the Montjuic Castle, the Tibidabo and a visit to L'Eixample neighborhood. Spend a fun night in the Gracia neighborhood where you'll find new designer shops and plenty of restaurants and bars.

Where to stay in Barcelona?

Are you wondering what the best hotel booking offers in Barcelona are?  We encourage you to search for online hotel reservations Barcelona, Spain a few months ahead of your trip. Even though the city can be an expensive city it is possible to find cheap luxury hotels Barcelona has a hotel for evey budget.  Do your reseach at home and search for the best hotels in Barcelona, Spain you will not be dissapointed, putting in the extra time ahead of your trip always pays off.  Search online to find out what the best travel booking website Spain is.   Once you've done the research take a minute to see what offers on the city you are visiting.  Not only do we have great deals but we help children with your reservation too. 


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