If you are planning a short vacation to Barcelona this year and are keen to ensure your schedule is full of incredible things to do to get the most out of this amazing city, you are in luck! We have put together six of the best things to do in one of Spain’s most popular and exciting cities during your short break, to ensure you do not miss a second of the fun:
1. Sample Some of the Local Cuisine
Tapas fans will definitely not be disappointed in Barcelona, as the city offers an abundance of delicious dishes to try, with its unique spin on the classics. The local cuisine is known as Catalan and it relies heavily on ingredients popular along the Mediterranean coast, including: fresh vegetables, wheat products, Arbequina olive oils, wines, legumes, mushrooms, all sorts of pork preparations, all sorts of cheese, poultry, lamb, and many types of fish like sardine, anchovy, tuna, and cod.
2. Take a Walk Around the Gothic Quarter
Despite several changes undergone in the 19th and early 20th Centuries many of the buildings in the El Barri Gòtic date back to medieval times; some from as far back as the Roman settlements in Barcelona. Therefore, as you walk along the distinctive and winding streets you will feel as if you have gone back in time.
3. Visit a Selection of the Gaudi Landmarks
One of Barcelona’s most famous former inhabitants is of course Gaudi and no trip to the city would be complete without admiring some of his most iconic modernist architecture. These include the Sagrada Família, impressive both outside and in; Park Güell, a space that is out of a fairy tale and emulates an English garden city; and La Pedrera.
4. Go for a Tipple at the Marsella Absinthe Bar
We could not resist leaving this off our list as it is truly a one-of-a-kind hot spot in which to grab a drink (or two!). Opened in 1820, in El Raval, Bar Marsella is said to be Barcelona’s very first bar and everyone from Picasso to Hemmingway is rumoured to have been a regular at some point in this establishment’s long and louche history.
5. Visit the Barcelona Football Club’s Stadium
Football fans definitely will not want to visit the city without checking out Camp Nou. You could take a tour of the iconic and legendary stadium, and even learn more about it at the museum too. There are some really great places to stay nearby too which is handy if this will be a main part of your trip. Check out apartments near Camp Nou for some more info.
6. Discover Picasso’s Barcelona
Another famous resident for some time is of course Picasso and you can take walks along the landmarks that inspired some of his greatest works. The Museu Picasso is a must for true Picasso fans who want to learn more about the artist, though it is highly recommended you book online as queues can go on forever.