Barcelona. The city of sun, sangria and siestas. Whether you’re on a romantic weekend away or a long family holiday, you’ll find more than enough to keep you happy, full and occupied. With regular flights into Barcelona from Europe and around the world, it’s the ideal destination if you’ve decided on a spontaneous getaway.
- Stroll down Las Ramblas
The spine of the city, Las Ramblas is a vibrant, busy road that takes you from the city centre out towards the sea. Packed full of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes, it’s easy to while away the hours walking up and down the street. And once you reach the sea, you can gawp at the huge superyachts that line the harbour – and try out the gorgeous restaurants on the sea front.
- Explore the city’s architecture
Barcelona is legendary for its architecture. There are few places in the world that can rival its gothic style – all thanks to Antoni Gaudí. The most iconic building to visit is without doubt the Sagrada Família. Nothing can prepare you for the scale and grandeur of this building, and the sprawling cathedral just gets bigger every year. However, you shouldn’t miss out on Park Güell, a park that looks like something out of a fairytale. Not only will you get to see some gorgeous architecture, but if you brave the walk to the top, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views over the city. Excursions like The Gaudi Tour are a great way to see everything the great man designed – and you’ll get to explore the city by foot, which is arguably the best way to see it.
- Visit one of the world’s best football teams
Home to FC Barcelona, Camp Nou is a must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona. Even if you’re not a football fan, you can’t help but be impressed by the stadium’s huge presence, and the club’s trophy-littered history. Book onto one of the tours, and see everything from the players’ dressing rooms, to the trophy room. You can even sit in the stadium itself, and take a photo in front of us the iconic pitch.
- Soak up the sun and sangria
When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. Slow your pace of life down – there’s no rushing here. Enjoy your afternoon siesta, and marvel at the way the city slows down in the glorious heat. Part of Barcelona’s charm is its vibrant, buzzing culture, and wherever you go, you’re bound to discover a brilliant busker, talented street footballers, or gorgeous pop-up bars and diners. Find yourself a spot in the centre, and enjoy a jug of sangria as you take in the heaving city around you. Spanish food is out of this world, so get accustomed to the delectable tapas, and try new dishes every night. With plenty of sharing platters, you can try as much as you can eat. Here’s an extensive list of the best restaurants in Barcelona – see how many you can tick off!
- Take note of the history and the culture
There are few cities in the world with the same level of culture as Barcelona. Steeped in rich history, the city has withstood wars and housed legendary novelists, composers and painters. You could visit the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA) to get an in-depth idea of the city’s history, or book onto different guided tours to relive Barcelona’s past yourself. #spon