The Catalan capital of Barcelona in Northern Spain is an brilliant location for a short break or a weekend getaway, located on the coast, this influential city perfectly combines city life with the beautiful coastal Spanish culture. Flights to and from Barcelona from most big European cities is incredibly easy and often very cheap and if you are searching for somewhere to getaway for a while then the Spanish city should be at the top of your list. There is so much to see and do in Barcelona that it can be difficult to decide where to start, to help you out then, we’ve compiled a quick list of the top 3 things to do in the city.
The masterpiece of the architect who had a profound impact on the city of Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is the intricately designed cathedral by Antoni Gaudi which embodies the outstanding gothic and art nouveau architecture that the city is famous for. The cathedral as yet, stands unfinished and is expected for completion in 2021, construction on the cathedral has been underway fro over 120 years such is the detailed design of the church. Despite not being finished yet, it still looks outstanding and you can enjoy the Sagrada Familia tour which will take you through all of the nooks and crannies of this beautiful basilica and teach you about the construction of this magnificent feat of human achievement.
The Nou Camp or Camp Nou stadium is home to the World conquering Barcelona football club, a team that has dominated European football for years and has become famous the World over for their flair and exciting football, not to mention the legends of football who have donned the Barcelona colors. If you manage to get the time then you should try and catch a game at the stadium where you will join over 100,000 screaming fans as they bring the stadium to life. The atmosphere in this stadium is electric and even non football fans will enjoy such an experience. If there isn’t a game on then you can take a tour of this incredible stadium and even walk on the pitch and see the dressing rooms, quite an experience which is finished off at the in-house museum dedicated to all things football.
Visit the Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s charm is not just in its countless museums and beautiful harbor, it can also be found in the beautiful buildings and architecture that can be found from just wandering through its mazy city streets and the gothic quarter is the best place to do so. This beautiful part of the city makes for the perfect place to experience the culture and traditions of Catalonia with countless bars and restaurants, chic cafes, traditional handmade shops and street vendors selling wares, all surrounded by the backdrop of the uniquely designed buildings and churches and the open plazas around each corner. You can wile away hours in this beautiful part of the city and it shouldn’t be missed when you head to Barcelona.