Barcelona is best known for its love of football, tapas and sangria and with fair weather all year, there’s never a bad time to visit. So pack your bags and get ready for your Barcelona holidays with a pinch of inspiration and follow the crowds to the most popular spots in Barcelona.
1. Las Ramblas
The most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas is a big draw for tourists because of the fantastic shops and street artists. Take a relaxed walk all the way down to the harbour, stopping at any shops that catch your eye and experience the true spirit of Barcelona.
2. La Boqueria Market
One of the best markets in Europe, La Boqueria is an essential visit for all foodie travellers in Barcelona. A favourite haunt of the Michelin-starred chef Carles Gaig, the quality of the produce on offer is truly incredible. Filled with wonderful smells, colours and people this market is a delight for all of the senses.
3. Badalona beach
If you’re craving some quality time with a sun lounger then hop on a quick train to Badalona beach, take a seat and enjoy the sun. The beach is loved by sporty types as there are plenty of volleyball nets and beach activities that are perfect for tourists.
4. Uma Restaurant
Uma is one of the most in demand restaurants in Barcelona and with good reason. They only have 5 tables so make sure to book in advance. Don’t forget that it’s cash only! Introduced to the Sants district by the Basque chef Iker Erauzkin, this restaurant is somewhat hidden away in a side street — Carrer de Rossend Arrus, 12 —so keep your eyes peeled. You’ll be glad you did when you try delights such as the octopus starter!
5. Casa Batllo
Designed by Antoni Gaudí, Casa Batllo is a fascinating building and is one of the most visited buildings in Barcelona. It’s like stepping into a fairy tale with so many unusual shapes, colours and stained glass windows. At night, the roof terrace is opened up for what’s guaranteed to be a magical night of art, live music and drinks.
6. Montujuïc Castle
Take a cable car up to the popular Montjuïc Castle. The castle, which dates from the late 17th and 18th centuries, has a turbulent but intriguing history, having served as a political prison and the scene of executions in the past. A visit to the castle also rewards you with a view of the city and an insight into Spain’s colonial past.
7. Font Màgica
Finish your Barcelona holiday with a bang by seeing the Font Màgica water and light show. The show starts at 9.30pm but get there early to ensure a good view. Designed by the engineer Carles Buigas, this ornamental fountain was built in 1929 and then later restored for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Of course, these are just a few of the highlights when you visit Barcelona. Make the most of every minute in the city to reveal a whole lot more!
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