Ultimate Weekend Guide To Barcelona
Think of Barcelona today and you’ll likely think of Lionel Messi. Football has become truly iconic with the city whether you’re a fan of the sport or not. But there is more to life in Spain’s second city than football, and it can provide the ultimate weekend for just about anybody.
Of course that does mean football fans too; the Nou Camp is one of the most iconic stadiums in the world and Espanyol also play in the city, but you can divide the city into two areas too.
Barcelona is one of the most interesting cities in the in the world, not simply because of its beautiful Gaudi architecture or works of Picasso, but the fact it can be split into two types of holiday.
The Relaxing Beach Holiday
With over three miles of coastline, Barcelona has seven beaches and a number of coastal resorts for you to while away the hours and simply recharge the batteries away from city life.
There are seven beaches which roll into the Mediterranean Sea, and like in the city itself, you’re never far away from an interesting piece of architecture. The Homenatge a la Barceloneta sits on the Barceloneta Beach, just a short walk from La Rambla and is just one of a host of interesting pieces along the coastline.
No matter where you take your holidays in Barcelona, Spain, you won’t be hard pushed to find a luxury resort, and the calming essence of the coast is no different. In fact, the likes of the Hotel Arts Barcelona by the marina offers a fabulous 5* stay with great views of the yachts sailing into the port.
Fine eateries line the seafront offering up a variety of foods including authentic Catalan cuisine to take yourself off the beach and enjoy one of Barcelona’s other great traditions.
Naturally, you’ll never be too far from a glass of sangria either, and at Frank’s, part of Hotel Arts, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better glass.
It all adds to the relaxation Barcelona can offer, helping create your ultimate getaway in a city which can be unlike any other city in the world.
The Lively Barca
Of course like any city, it is more than a little alive too. Barcelona has a bustling city centre with a vibrant atmosphere and interesting attractions on almost every street corner.
It has preserved its cultural heritage beautifully, with the works of Gaudi kept in pristine condition across the city, well, the finished work at least.
The Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s most famous buildings, and hasn’t been completed for over 130 years. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it sees thousands of tourists flock to the basilica every week, and one is the most awe-inspiring pieces of art on the planet.
The likes of the Picasso Museum and Joan Prats gallery further the city’s love of art, but after a day exploring Barcelona’s tourist attractions, it’s at night when things really begin to come alive.
As mentioned Catalonian cuisine is a real treat and like the seafront, the city has a plethora of amazing bars to eat and drink the evening away.
One of the best tapas joints in Barcelona is El Rincon del Cava, which offers an authentic Catalonian evening at incredibly reasonable prices. You can feast on prawns, calamares, mussels, and chorizo for around €3 a dish, whilst a pint will set you back not much more than that.
But whilst food and drink might be one thing, music in the city is another. The city has many music venues and even more places to dance, and if you’re feeling the tango Tinta Roja just off Av. Del Parallel is certainly the place to go. Themed like a 1940s Buenos Aires dance hall, you can catch live music, trapeze artists, and spoken word, in one of the city’s most unique bars.
Wherever You Stay
However, whether you’re after a relaxing holiday or a jam-packed trip discovering every corner, there are a few must-dos in the city for both. Casa Batllo is one of these, and is one of Gaudi’s finest masterpieces. Built in 1977, its first purpose was as a home for Josep Batllo and his family, however today it serves as a museum and gallery and is a must whether you take a casual stroll round or simply a pit-stop on a chaotic day in the city.
Additionally, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic situated below the Palau Nacional should certainly be experienced as the sun goes down with light and musical performances held every night to many classic productions.
It’ll be the perfect moment to the perfect weekend in quite possibly the most perfect city.