Barcelona is the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region and is well known for its art and architecture. With its year round good weather and its gorgeous beaches and surrounding mountains, it is easy to see why it is so popular with tourists year after year.
One of the most popular things to visit when in Barcelona is the Nou Camp, home to FC Barcelona – the breath-taking arena seats 99,000 people and is Europe’s largest sporting arena. If you’re not lucky enough to catch a game whilst in the city, the stadium offers tours daily – any sports fan would love to see the dressing room of all of their sporting hero’s!
If you come to Barcelona for cultural purposes, a visit to the Museu Picasso is an absolute must. This museum is home to over 4,000 works of art by the famous Pablo Picasso and reveals his relationship with the city of Barcelona.
After a day of sightseeing in this amazing city, you have the unique opportunity to walk straight out of the bustle and onto the sandy beach of Barceloneta. Stretching over 4.5km it is one of the most popular beaches here and is favoured by joggers and cyclists due to its walkways. During the summer months, the beach bars open up and so the beach gets quite crowded.
Barcelona has a wide range of public transport options meaning it couldn’t be easier for you to get around the city. The Metro, FGC and Tram are the quickest and simplest means of transport but there are also over 1,000 full adapted buses serving all areas.
Cycling is a massive pastime and Barcelona has fully integrated cycle lanes and you also have the option of cycling through the city’s open spaces and parks.
The most popular cuisine with both tourist and residents is Tapas and the city is almost built around it. Its many popular bars and restaurants spill out onto the streets and allows you to take in the beautiful sights over a glass of wine and dinner.
Eating out on a budget here can mean dining in style as long as you know where to go. A particular favourite in the city is Granja Mabel, which is a family establishment and has one of the best lunchtime menus in the Marina area – a good meal here will only set you back around €10 per person.
If you prefer fine dining then the high-end restaurant Tast-Ller will satisfy you. Serving a range of Mediterranean, European and Spanish dishes, this is fine dining at its very best.
Barcelona is a wonderful city for shopping. The shops range from luxury to bargain and the great news is that the city is well known for bargain prices.
The best places to shop are Passeig de Gracia and the streets to the southwest and around Placa de Sant Josep Oriol.
There are two annual sales and this would be the perfect time to visit if you’re a bargain hunter. The sales will run from January to February and from mid-June to the end of August.