From its grand architecture to all night party hotspots, Barcelona is a great mix of art, culture and fun. So if you’re after a memorable holiday in a beautiful city, Barcelona is sure to have everything you need.
Barcelona is Spain’s biggest tourist destination, and with good reason. The city is split into distinct districts, giving each area of the city a completely different feel. And there is no shortage of must-see cultural sights on the doorstep, or lovely restaurants and lively nightlife spots to discover.
Antoni Gaudi is a name you’re sure to hear during your trip. This 19th-century Modernist architect made a big impression on the city we see today. From the surreal and magic Güell Park, to the city’s crowning glory, the Sagrada Família, a genuinely spectacular church in the heart of the city which is still being built bit by bit.
From vintage second-hand boutiques to high-end shops, shopping in Barcelona is a really fun experience. For really quirky outlets look up Gidlööf and Holala! Or simply head to Passeig de Gracia to shop all day.
For a day to remember, take a trip to one of the city’s many historic must-sees like Casa Batlló, in Gaudi’s canon of work and with a gorgeous modernist façade. Or see Arenas de Barcelona, originally constructed as a bullring and now a shopping mall with lovely rooftop cafés, making it the perfect place to catch the views across the city.
The Magic Fountain is another lovely sight, and the perfect place for a photo during your holiday in Barcelona. In the summer it’s all lit up too, making it a great little romantic spot. Or you can head to the local market, Mercat de la Boquería and pick up a bargain.
Nightlife and dining
It’s worth having an idea of the most popular areas of the city before you take to the streets, so you can make the most of your evenings.
The Rambla is the city’s landmark street, famous for its busy bars and easily the most popular spot with tourists. Here you’ll find al fresco cafés and bars, and a whole mix of shops to browse through.
The Gothic Quarter is perhaps one of the other better known areas of the city. It’s a beautiful place to spend some time, with its medieval streets and picturesque gothic buildings like the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia. You can also find plenty of places to grab a bite to eat here.
To give you some food inspiration throughout the city, favourite restaurants include Michelin starred eateries like Moments and Enoteca. But if you’re looking for a more laid-back, traditionally Catalan meal, try Agut or Cal Boter.