A Guide to Barcelona

By | March 4, 2013

Throughout the year thousands of tourists visit Barcelona. They come from all over the world to experience the wonderful atmosphere the city has to offer. So what is it about the heart of Catalonia, which has the people so excited? Here are the top 5 reasons to go and visit Barcelona.

Amazing architecture

When thinking about architecture in Barcelona, one name quickly springs to mind- Antoni Gaudi. He was a local architect that lived and created at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of 20th century. His work is the very reason why this place is identified as one of the most colorful and inspiring cities in Europe. His most famous projects are the Sagrada Familia cathedral, and Casa Battlo and Casa Mila.

For all the people that like to relax away from the crowds and the noise, the capital of Catalonia offers them beautiful and unforgettable parks. The world famous Park Guell (designed by Gaudi), with its famous 152m long mosaic bench and Park de la Ciutadella to name just a few.

“Casa Batllo, Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi”

Football attractions

This city is a home to one of the most famous football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona. Their stadium, Camp Nou, is one of the biggest in Europe, with a capacity of up to 98,772. There are two ways to visit the arena, one is to buy tickets for the match and the other is to purchase a tour when the stadium is empty, which also includes a visit to the FC Barcelona museum and a 3D cinema, where you can see a quick presentation on football.

“Camp Nou, FC Barcelona stadium”

Great cuisine

Barcelona is dominated by Catalan cuisine. It is based around ingredients found along the Mediterranean coast. Because Catalonia is one of the main producers of swine in Spain, you can find a lot of pork dishes here, as well as seafood- based recipes. The most famous dishes are paella, arros negre, pan con tomate and for desert crema catalana is a must.

“Paella, Catalan cuisine, Mediterranean copy”

Sandy beaches

Barcelona is located in a beautiful and sunny region of Costa Brava. After an exhaustive day of sightseeing you can spend your day at a sandy beach. Due to the high number of tourists however, the beaches there cannot be considered the cleanest. On the hot weekend days it is difficult to find some free space, but it still shouldn’t be a problem for those longing for the sun.

“Beach Barcelona”

Nightlife

The nightlife entertainment in Barcelona is known as one of the best in the world. The city is renowned for a large number of places to meet people from every corner of the world, with different religious beliefs and sexual orientation.The nightlife usually starts at midnight and the clubs are literally everywhere. Although the most popular music you will experience there is house, there are some places that play salsa, merengue, samba and others. Every year Barcelona plays host to the most famous bands and dj’s.