Barcelona is a vibrant city with an endless array of activities and attractions. You will be amazed by the magnificent mix of ancient and modern architecture, the lively outdoor markets, the world renowned museums and the beautiful beaches. Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway, family fun or a group weekend out, Barcelona has something for everyone. You’ll fall in love with this city, so give yourself as much time as you can to explore, eat and drink here.
Finding Holiday Apartments and Accommodation in Barcelona
Barcelona can be busy in the peak season, but has a number of excellent accommodation options all year round. A holiday apartment in the Gothic Quarter would place you near the museums and Las Ramblas, while apartments in the Port Vell area are convenient if you intend to hit the clubs and beaches. For a family, you can’t go wrong with a self catering apartment on one of the avenues of central Barcelona, which would place you within easy reach of the grand parks and the Sagrada Familia.
You may like to begin your Barcelona holiday with a walk down the lively and colourful La Rambla, a beautiful boulevard connecting the Gothic Quarter to El Raval. It’s full of restaurants and street performers, and as it has been for the last hundred years, is a popular meeting spot for locals. An afternoon in the medieval and maze-like Gothic Quarter is also essential. Many of the tiny streets are too small for cars and as long as you have time, it’s great getting lost and just wandering wherever the lanes lead you. The Gothic Quarter is home to some beautiful boutiques and tapas restaurants - you just need to find them! It is also home to some of Barcelona’s famous museums. The stand out is the Picasso Museum. Housed in a medieval palace, the museum holds over 4000 of Picasso’s works and displays important artifacts from his life, with special emphasis on his early works and childhood paintings.
Not far from the Gothic Quarter is La Barceloneta, the Spanish answer to Bondi. Chill out and enjoy the hot sun on the sandy beach, and in the evening stroll over to Port Vell, a buzzing harbourside precinct of great clubs and restaurants. Kids will love the crazy buildings and carnival atmosphere of Barcelona, and though they may not show too much interest in the museums - there is one that they’ll definitely fall for. The Museu de la Xocolata, or Museum of Chocolate is an incredible display of all things chocolate and everything you could possibly make with it. The highlights of the museum are the intricate chocolate sculptures of cartoon characters and buildings. Check out their chocolate sculpting class, and if all that chocolate watching is too much, pick out some delectable treats from the shop. For some real food and a delicious taste of Spain, simply look around you. Barcelona is packed with eateries, from street stalls to tiny tapas venues and seafood restaurants. Going out for Tapas is a great opportunity to try loads of different dishes and see how the locals eat. Remember though - Spaniards eat dinner very late, so if you want to eat with them, be prepared to wait until about 10pm!
Antoni Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona
When you visit you really should check out the fascinating and unique Antoni Gaudi architecture here. Of particular note is the magnificent church La Sagrada Familia. Designed by Gaudi in the late 19th century, the church is still incomplete and work has been disrupted by a number of events including Gaudi’s death and the Spanish Civil War. Despite this, it has been named a UNESCO world heritage site and has become a must see icon for it’s unusual and epic design. Casa Batlló house is a weird and wonderful art nouveau apartment building designed by Gaudi. It’s on the Passeig de Gracia street and you can’t miss its colourful, bendy design. Three ‘must see’ designs by the one architect seems like overkill, but Gaudi’s works are worth it, and part of the fabric of Barcelona culture. Make sure you also get to Park Güell, an incredible park designed by Gaudi which will take your breath away. Kids and adults alike will love the crazy mosaics and terraces of this unusual park. On your visit to Park Güell you will also get a stunning view of the entire city which gets better and better the further you travel up the hill whilst exploring the park.
Getting Around Barcelona
Barcelona is a great walking city, but it can get really hot in summer and the central area is quite big. If you need a break, catch a tram in the central city, or the Metro to get to all the major sights. Buying an ‘integration ticket’ at the station will mean you can use the trains, buses and trams and is a really good idea is you’re hopping around the city.