Barcelona is the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. It has so much to offer when it comes to food and sightseeing. From Parc Guell to Sagrada Familia, from paellas to churros, you are spoilt for choice. The weather, amazing. Below are my 5 best things in Barcelona.
Sagrada Familia. The construction of this cathedral has spanned centuries and in recent years, has reached the final stages. It was designed by Antonio Gaudi and is the most visited landmark in Barcelona. The exterior gothic features cannot be missed by any tourist. Inside is a different story as it features art nouveau design. You can climb up to the towers and see unparalleled views of the city or go down to the crypt where Gaudi himself is buried. This cathedral will not be finished until 2020 as people have guessed but finished or not, this beautiful cathedral is worth a visit. Looking at the current photos that I see in Social Media, I can say it looks so different from when we were there in 2007. Ten years of construction has definitely made it unrecognizable from the time I laid eyes on it. It looks more magnificent than it already was.
Las Ramblas. A stretch of tree lined street that is characterised by stalls and kiosks of food and wares. Take time to take a stroll here and try the native cuisine that is on offer There are also entertainment courtesy of living statues, mimes and street artists. If you don’t fancy a stroll then sit on one of the cafes that line this boulevard and spend the day people watching. One of my favourite memories of Barcelona is eating my first authentic paella in one of the cafe’s that line Las Ramblas while enjoying the lovely and warm weather with the husband.
Barceloneta. Here you can experience the best of both worlds, an urban beach to one side and rows of buildings and restaurants on the other. Take a morning of sunbathing, walk along the promenade by afternoon and retire in a beautiful restaurant with views for your evening meal. This sounds too good to pass up. But beware, even in the hottest of summers, the sea water is still freezing.
Paella. This delectable Spanish rice dish consists of delicious ingredients like chorizo, paprika, parsley tomatoes and saffron strands cooked in chicken or vegetable stock over an open fire. It originates from Valencia, a coastal town in Spain. I recommend you don’t leave Barcelona without trying this delicious dish. Of course, you can always have it anywhere in the world now but nothing beats having an authentic dish from where it originated.
Parc Guell. Another masterpiece of Gaudi, this beautiful park is a feast for the eyes with its colourful design and wonderful shapes. Gaudi created this park with nature in mind thus you can see natural forms and shapes all over the place. This impressive public park is not a UNESCO world heritage site for nothing. Make sure to include it on your itinerary. I guarantee, you will have a field day Instagramming the whole place.