The chic seaside city of Barcelona oozes atmosphere and offers an astonishing blend of old and new. Wacky, wonky architecture, for starters. Antoni Gaudi’s of course, the world’s best-known creator of Catalan Modernism. Masterpieces include the ever-evolving and utterly whimsical Sagrada Familia. The colourful, mosaic-tiled Casa Batllo with its amazingly funky design. And the magical Park Güell, guaranteed to make everyone feel young and playful – it’s also a great spot for city views.
From crazy and quirky to mysterious and moody, Barcelona’s intriguing Gothic Quarter whisks you back to Medieval, even Roman times. Head into the cobblestone streets and explore marvellous museums, lamp-lit restaurants, tiny tapas bars and design emporiums, all here in glorious old buildings. Step out onto La Rambla, a broad promenade and stage of open-air theatre, always jostling with crowds.
From molecular gastronomy in elegant, art-nouveau surroundings to rustic paella by the beach, food is taken seriously and there’s something for every taste. Long Catalan dinners transform into long nights of entertainment, from flamenco, jazz and indie-rock to plush nightclubs.
And the best way to start the next day? With a morning jog by the Med. Another reason to come here soon!