Since ancient times, Barcelona has represented the commercial and cultural capitol of the region known as Catalonia. Although Catalonia is technically a part of Spain, the language and culture is distinctly different. The locals are proud of their culture and often go out of their way to share it with you.
Aside from the warm and friendly people, Barcelona is one of Europe’s oldest, largest, and arguably most beautiful cities. It’s home to the iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral, one of Spain’s most beloved soccer teams, and literally miles of breathtaking beaches.
So if you’re looking for the chance to hangout and party with friendly locals, to view stunning architecture and to indulge in a rich heritage, Barcelona might well be the destination for you. Below are 6 awesome things to do during your stay in Barcelona.
1) Eat Free Samples At Local Markets
Unlike the major metropolis’s of Northern Europe, many of the cities that lie along the Mediterranean still offer wonderful fish and produce markets reminiscent of times past, and Barcelona is no different. La Boqueria Market in Barcelona is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most mouth watering street markets. Your brain will become inundated with dinner recipes, as you walk past the fresh fish, vegetables and spices. It is a food lovers paradise to say the least. Like most street markets, there are always free samples to be had, so be sure to search them out for a free snack.
2) Check Out The Gotic District
For all you lovers of architecture the Gotic District located in the old city is the place for you. It is the home to countless enchanting buildings and churches, many of which date back to Medieval times. And since many of the roads are closed off to regular traffic, you don’t have to worry about being run over as you marvel over the sites and take photos.
3) Chill Out On The Beach
The most entertaining beach in Barcelona is Barcelona Beach. Although it’s often considered to be the dirtiest and most crowded it is the easiest to get to and arguably the most fun. The beach is usually packed with locals, sand artists, performers and donut vendors. There are also some great restaurants and beachside dinning options along the shore. Nova Icaria Beach is another great beach specially for the younger crowd.
4) Attend A Music Festival
Barcelona is known for some awesome music festivals at all times of the year. One music festival in particular worth checking out is the Sonar Music Festival in the second week of June. This festival is one the biggest in Spain and draws an inter nation crowd. The music ranges from traditional Catalonian acoustic guitar to pop hits. Although it’s a bit pricy at 115 Euro’s, there’s no better experience than a european summer music festival.
5) Discover The Fashion Trends
Barcelona, like Rome or Paris is a European hub of fashion. Although you can view fashion all over the city there are two places in particular fashion lovers should check out, the Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol and The Portal de l’Àngel.
6) Stay In An Original Apartment
Barcelona has some stunning beach side apartments at relatively reasonable rates. In addition, if you’re looking to stay a week or more and are traveling with friends, renting an apartment can often prove much cheaper than a hotel. So if you’re interested in basing yourself in an apartment, check out Airbnb for some great deals.
Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe and for good reason. It’s visually stunning, there’s almost always a party going on, and the people are as warm as the Mediterranean sun. Whether you’re into history, culture, or hanging out and partying with locals, Barcelona is the city for you. For more things to do in Barcelona, check out the info graphic below courtesy of LocalNomad.