Just as tapas offers a rich variety of food, Barcelona presents visitors with a unique mix of architecture: to make sure you see all the sights, look up at the buildings!
Barcelona’s chequered and colourful history makes the Catalan capital the stunning city it is today. Remnants of Roman occupation are still visible in the Gothic Quarter, seamlessly integrating with both medieval buildings and 20th-century interpretations of medieval style. Meanwhile, the neighbouring Eixample district is characterised by the twisting stone facade and decorative chimneys of Antonio Gaudi’s Casa Mila and the incomplete splendour of the Sagrada Familia cathedral.
The city’s Montjuic district houses gardens, cultural and art museums, legacies of both the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympics.
But Barcelona is far more than a monument to the past: it’s a modern, vibrant city, packed with shops, restaurants, tapas bars and green spaces. While away the hours people-watching in one of the many bars and coffee shops along La Rambla, relaxing on the beach or taking in the sights and smells of the huge variety of fresh produce on display at the Boqueria market. If you’re feeling more energetic, take in the city views from the Parc del Guinardo.
Just outside Barcelona, the distinctive pink Montserrat mountain houses a Benedictine Abbey – the famous Codorniu cava is also made close by.