Exploring Barcelona

When travelling to a vibrant city like Barcelona, it’s good to know beforehand about all the things there are to see and do so that you can make the most of your time.

When travelling to a vibrant city like Barcelona, it’s good to know beforehand about all the things there are to see and do so that you can make the most of your time.

Barcelona is the type of destination that you’ll want to visit again and again, and the Catalan capital has so much to offer that even if you did, you’d never get bored.

Nou are probably at the top of any holidaymakers list, but here’s my pick of the places to go to explore this beautiful city.

Gothic Quarter

The Barri Gotic, located in the heart of Barcelona’s Old City, is one of the most exciting places to visit in the city.

Comprised of an eclectic range of structures and architecture dating as far back as the Roman times right up until the present day, this neighbourhood is perfect for exploring.

With its grand, antiquated buildings and narrow, labyrinthine winding streets, you could spend a whole day wandering around the Gothic Quarter easily.

Must-sees in the Gothic Quarter include:

The 14th-century Plaça del Rei (King’s Square), which also houses the National Museum of History.

The Church of Santa Maria del Pi, with its 54-meter-high tower.

The Sant Jaume Square, renowned for its beautiful government buildings, including

Barcelona’s City Hall.

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, aka Barcelona’s Gothic Cathedral.

Park Güell

This iconic public park is one of Barcelona’s most well-known landmarks, and there’s nothing else like it in the whole world, never mind in Spain.

Designed by renowned modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, the park originally constructed at the turn of the 20th century for Eusebi Güell with the intention of being a private residence. However, the project was unsuccessful, and in 1923, the park became city property.

Like the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell remains incomplete. However, it’s undoubtedly one of Gaudi’s most imaginative works.

The park is popular with tourists and locals alike, even during work days, you’ll see plenty of visitors staring in awe at the gingerbread gatehouses and the incredible giant lizard sprawled across the main staircase.

Nightlife

The nightlife scene in Barcelona is legendary, with locals and tourists alike sharing a love for partying. There are all sorts of nightlife options in the city, so you’re bound to find something that fits your vibe.

Bar Llopart, situated in Hostafrancs, is an excellent place to begin the night (and a favourite with locals), then it’s a case of taking your pick from some of the best nightclubs in Europe.

Razzmatazz caters to all music tastes with its five individual rooms, Opium on the beachfront is a favourite with international DJs, and Sutton draws in the elite crowd with its exclusive vibe and dress code.

Interestingly, Barcelona also has a thriving poker and casino scene made up of amateur players enjoying a few light games to seasoned professionals.

Every year, top players from across the world come together in the city to compete in international tournaments like the European Poker Tour (EPT) by day and enjoy the legendary clubs mentioned above by night.

Beach Life

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without experiencing a bit of its famous beach life. Even if you don’t think of yourself as much of a beach bum, there are stretches of sand here to appeal to everybody.

The Nova Icària Beach is where you should head if you enjoy a friendly game of volleyball or two while Mar Bella in the north of the city has some of the best spots for open-water swimming and sports activities.

But if people-watching is your thing, head to the Sant Sebastià Beach, or try the popular Barceloneta Beach for some unparalleled views of the city.

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