Thanks to its rich landscape, Barcelona offers its visitors breathtaking views from every angle. Visit the Tibidabo mountain, the highest point of the town, for an impressive view over the Mediterranean sea, the different districts with their distinctive angular streets, and of course for views of the famous monuments like the Sagrada Familia.
Gaudi has without a doubt left his artistic footprint all over Barcelona. His impressive constructions like the Sagrada Familia or Park Güell really have been plucked out of dreams and even the souvenirs that you can find in shops all over the city create replicas of his famous bright ceramic mosaïcs.
Let your imagination run wild while walking down the Passeig de Gràcia, where you can admire the most original and iconic buildings in Catalonia. La Pedrera and Casa Milà are the jewels of modernism. They were originally built as apartment buildings for the Bourgeoisie of Barcelona, but now, luckily for tourists, they have been turned into must-see House Museums.
One of the unmissable experiences when visiting Barcelona is relaxing on one of Barcelona’s many terrassses while tasting the regional specialities.
Every Brit in Spain has asked themselves one question: how do the Spanish manage to go until 2:00pm or 3:00pm before eating lunch? The key: eat a light bite at mid-day. Among those that you must try are the Spanish tortilla and the iconic cured ham “serrano”, as well as “andpà amb tomàquet” (toasted bread topped with fresh tomatoes), a simple but delicious catalan specialty!
Barcelona is full of street squares of all sizes, each one with its own individual atmosphere, and all are ideal for a nice cold beer over good conversation, or simply for just watching the world go by.
You can forget Flamenco, the Catalans are very proud of their culture and they have their own traditional dance: la Sardana. The dancers, both men and women, form a circle and dance holding hands to slow music from a variety of instruments. You can dance the Sardana every weekend, opposite the cathedral of Barcelona.
A very typical image of Barcelona is of the older men dancing like they have done their whole life, in the oldest part of town and surrounded by tourists, accompanied by young breakdancers and international musicians on the other side of the square.
Hot chocolate and churros is serious business in Spain: prepare yourself for a very rich drink, so rich that the Spaniards have an expression for it: “Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso” (you have the clear things, then you have thick chocolate = stop beating around the bush).
On the street Petritxol in the gothic quarter, you can find charming chocolate shops and cafés, like “la Granja La Pallaresa” or “la Granja Dulcinea”, for a real hot chocolate with churros or the typical ensaimadas (pastry swirls). On the street Petritxol, right next to the Ramblas, is one of the most historic and charming small streets in Barcelona. Just 3 metres wide and 129 metres long, you can find charming cafés and boutiques along this street, full of ceramic plates on the façades of the buildings, decorating the street with pictures of daily life, and commemorating the famous people who have lived in this street.
In the Montjuïc mountain, opposite the monuments in the place d’Espagne, you will find a series of small fountains and waterfalls, dominated by a gigantic fountain. On certain evenings (normally every friday), all the fountains put on an amazing display which plays with light, music and water effects. The light show at the Magic Fountain, with its magical views, is the perfect idea for a couple’s evening.
What do you think about visiting the whole of Spain in the open air without ever having left Barcelona?
Well it’s possible from the Poble Espanyol; a small village situated in the Montjuïc mountain. It has come to be known as a real quaint village, housing real-scale representations of genuine buildings, streets and squares which can be found in the different regions in Spain.
The Poble Espanyol was constructed for the international exhibition in 1929, but thanks to its major success, it has become a fixed tourist attraction. Today, it is often used as a concert and festival site.
Barcelona is lucky to have great temperatures all year round. In summer, its beaches are filled with tourists who have caught too much sun and “chiringuitos”; bars right on the beach. But the rest of the year, the beaches like those near “ La Barceloneta” or the olympic village are quiet; the perfect destination for a romantic stroll along the sand or even a picnic.
If you wish to visit Spain consider doing a road-trip to get the most out of the vibrant cities and beaches. For campervan hire in spain check out Yescapa.com and chose from a huge range of privately owned vehilces across the country. Start your next Spanish adventure!!
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