Gaudi’s famed architecture is dotted all over Barcelona and is a must-see for all visitors to the city. The Sagrada Familia is a 134-year old (and as yet unfinished) gothic cathedral that towers over the surrounding streets and it’s a truly unique place to visit. In the North of the city you will find the stunning Parc Guell. With beautiful mosaic walls and breathtaking views of the city, this park is a great place to relax on a warm day.
Escape the crowds and take the furnicular to the top of Mount Tibidabo, where you will find an old-fashioned funfair complete with candyfloss and popcorn carts. On the way back down the mountain, visit one of the many cliff-side cafes for sunset views and late night tapas.
With street performers, market stalls and al fresco dining, each Rambla (or high street) is a great place for ordering a coffee and watching the world go by. Make sure to explore the Boqueria market, which offers the chance to try exotic fruits and authentic tapas but watch your bags, as this road is full of pickpockets.
By day, the cathedrals and narrow streets are great photo opportunities, but by night the area’s vibrant nightlife takes over. The Gothic Quarter is full of restaurants, bars and nightclubs where in the summer months you can enjoy taking advantage of the Spanish barhopping tradition.
If you want to escape the midday heat, walk through the port along the coast to one of Barcelona’s many beaches. On this walk, you will pass a variety of restaurants offering all kinds of seafood dishes, including Paella. If you are feeling particularly brave, try the famous Catalan black paella, made from squid ink.
Okay, so it was meant to be top 5, but Barcelona has so much on offer that we couldn’t resist a number 6!
By night the Magic Fountains are a top Barcelona attraction. By night they come to life with coloured lights, enchanting music – the setting is truly breath-taking. Enjoy the balmy evening surrounded by the crowds of Catalonia’s capital – there’s no finer way to end a day.
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