Football, tapas, iconic architecture, colorful street art, world famous museums, vibrant nightlife… the list goes on and on. Spaniards celebrate life with a contagious vigor and passion. Sophisticated yet ingrained with a captivating history, Spain is a place of scintillating life.
Located on the northeastern coast of Spain, Barcelona is one of the Mediterranean’s most beloved cities – and rightfully so. With its charming seaside, tempting food and wine scene, and seductive labyrinth of cobblestone streets, this Spanish city offers an intimate, cultural experience unlike any other place.
7 Unique Experiences You Can Only Have in Barcelona
1. Get lost in the ‘Gothic Quarter’
Charming cafes, quaint shops, and plenty of tapas bars are waiting to be discovered. Meander through the ancient alleyways of El Gotic and El Born. The streets here are famed for their inventive and elaborate graffiti and street art. Explore the bylanes, wander, get lost, and savor the moment! Be sure to try a local suis (hot chocolate with cream).
2. Tapas crawl
Forget pub crawling. When in Barcelona, it’s all about the tapas bars. Hop from bar to bar and experience first hand why Barcelona is known worldwide for its food and wine.
There are places to suit all budgets and age groups. While there are definitely some must-see hotspots, a spontaneous attitude will result in a more lively experience.
3. Experience the music
At the heart of Barcelona’s soul, is music. From old school taverns to plush lounges, live music is fortunately quite easy to come across. Flamenco, jazz, indie rock, hip hop – grab an innovative cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere. Spaniards may start their nights late, but they sure don’t end them early!
4. Shop the local flavor
There are several flea markets in Barcelona, but the one that stays faithful to local culture is Els Encants. It is a vibrant outdoor marketplace that has been around since the 14th century. Even if you aren’t looking to buy anything, it’s nonetheless an exceptional experience. You’ll feel like you’ve wandered into a treasure chest as you gaze through the mesmerizing hand-made trinkets and antiques. Enjoy the beautifully organized chaos that fills the air.
5. Sagrada Familia (It’s popular for a reason folks!)
Dive into the fascinating world of Antoni Gaudi and tour his most famous work, the basilica of La Sagrada Familia. The construction of this architectural masterpiece began in 1882, yet it’s official completion date is yet to come. The magnificent pillars and curvature of the design are standing relics of Gaudi’s imaginative brilliance.
6. Breathtaking views from atop
Bunker del Carmel, in the El Carmel neighborhood, has a magnificent view of the city. Take a train to El Carmel station and then take bus no 86 to the viewpoint.
For those who want an adrenaline rush, trek to the top. Arrive before sunset for some amazing photos. Even better – set your alarm and make it in time for the early morning shots, as the sun rises. The beauty will be etched in your memory forever.
7. Ride a Ferris Wheel perched on a hill top
Tibidabo mountain is the highest peak in Serra de Collserola. It’s also home to one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, Parc de Collserola. The park opened in 1868, and there are still rides from the bygone era. (Don’t worry- they’re safe.) Naturally covered with a forest of trees, Tibidabo offers an amazing experience for both children and adults.
This list only scrapes the surface of this captivating city. Check out these other amazing attractions and activities in Barcelona that you definitely don’t want to miss! Or- share your own Barcelona favorites in the comments section.
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