Spain’s largest city is a melting pot of Catalonian culture and vibrancy, and is one of the country’s most expressive and engaging destinations. Barcelona's rich history can still be discovered amongst the burgeoning and modernised age that has captured this Spanish city since it hosted the 1992 Olympic Games. Though the city has experienced a massive tourist influx since then, but Barcelona holidays still reveal a traditional charm that remains throughout the city; in particular on Las Ramblas, the famous, bustling street that disguises itself as a gorgeous tree-lined walkway, but up front it is a lively, thronging street of colour and passion. You’ll find this atmosphere amplified further in the wonderful La Boqueria market that sits alongside Las Ramblas. This is where the locals go to get their fresh food and goods, and where many tourists go on holidays to Barcelona to experience a traditional Catalonian scene of chaos!
Getaways here also boasts a vibrant beach culture, with its everlasting strip of sand often recognised as one of the finest in the world. The beach life vibrancy is mirrored by the city’s nightlife, and you’ll find on holidays in Barcelona, that it has one of the most rapidly developing club and bar scenes in Europe.
For culture and history enthusiasts, Barcelona has a special quarter for you to explore to allow you to get your artistic fix. The Bari Gotic provides a fantastic insight into the city’s medieval era where there were also Roman foundations. The City History Museum allows you to tour these 2,000 year-old foundations as well as giving you more information as to the city’s history.
Arguably Barcelona’s biggest draw is the flamboyant and modernistic architecture of Gaudi. You’ll find his imprint in various parts of the city, but his two crown jewels are the Sagrada Familia, a city landmark, and Park Guell, a beautiful, fairytale-esque garden that would be the highlight of any Barcelona holidays.
Out and About in Barcelona
Holidays in Barcelona will keep you busy from the moment you land in Catalonia. The city is a fantastic destination to explore on foot, but if you’re feeling a little lazy, Barcelona has an excellent tour bus route provided by City Sightseeing.
Football fanatics must visit FC Barcelona’s imposing stadium, the Nou Camp. A tour of the stadium allows you to wander the stands and the pitch, as well as providing you access to the inspiring club museum which is home to trophies, shirts and boots, and much more famous memorabilia.
A stroll around the Olympic Village and along the Beachfront Boardwalk allows visitors to discover a slightly different atmosphere in Barcelona. Grab an ice cream and meander around the picturesque settings and relive the memories of 92.
If you fancy getting a little more active during your holidays to Barcelona, you can join a running tour of Barcelona which gifts you the joys of sightseeing alongside a fit and healthy way of getting about. One of the best tour groups is 360runningbarcelona – though it is best to join the tour before your hearty paella!