A Weekend Guide to Barcelona


Is there a better city on Earth for a weekend trip than beautiful Barcelona? Part of the appeal of this Spanish city is that it has something for just about everyone.

Whether you want to lounge on the beach, to hit the bars or to soak up some culture, Barcelona has something to make your trip there very special.

The Beaches

While the best beaches in this region are away from the city, Barcelona is also rated as having some of the best city beaches on the planet. It is easy to get to the sand here, with Barceloneta beach only 10 minutes away from the city centre. Of course, with it being so central it is no surprise to see that it can get really busy on warm days. The lovely climate here means that the beach is a good option most of the year round. If you travel to Barcelona during the peak summer season then you might prefer to go a bit furthe

The Culture

There are a few things you really must do here if you are interested in soaking up the local culture. One simple approach is to just walk down the famous La Rambla. This is a centrally located street where you can expect to mingle with crowds of tourists and enjoy some street performers, pavement cafes and souvenir shops. In terms of the buildings to look out for, the stunning church known as La Sagrada Familia is guaranteed to take your breath away. It is an incredible gothic masterpiece which still isn’t finished and which looks like nothing else on Earth. Football is also a bit part of the culture here, with Barcelona having one of the best teams in the world currently. If you can’t get along to a game then you could go on a tour of their giant Camp Nou stadium for an unforgettable experience.

The Food and Drink

With so many tourists heading here every year it is to be expected that the food and drink on offer is excellent. In fact, Barcelona is regularly rated as one of the world’s best places for eating and drinking out. In terms of the local cuisine, it is very varied. You can expect a lot of fish dishes and a liberal use of Mediterranean vegetables. There are some top class restaurants around here but even more modest eateries often provide great food too.  Look out for the botifarra sausages and excellent ollada stew. For dessert you can’t do much better than try a delicious cream catalana, which is an iconic local type of flan. Sparkling cava is the most popular wine from this region but there are other types you might like to try as well while you are here.  The nightlife options range from laid back local bars to wild discos and clubs that are open until the wee small hours. Every type of musical taste is catered for too, from jazz and funk through to heavy rock and modern beats.

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