Amazing mountains on one side, the sea on the other, unmatched cultural verve and exciting urban blend of modern, classical and ancient in between, in one word – Barcelona.
The home of one of the most appreciated modern architect, Gaudí, the unforgettable 1992 Olympics, adorned with weird modern buildings, medieval streets and lively beaches, the capital of Catalonia has to be Europe’s most vibrant metropolis and ultimate city destination.
Even though the city is often described as very modern, Barcelona definitely manages to remain a stronghold of traditions, divided into 10 districts, each possessing unique spirit and character. The most interesting one, perhaps is the Gothic Quarter.
Stretching from the seashore all the way to La Rambla, the district is adorned with some of the city’s oldest and most mesmerizing buildings, numerous historic churches, including the grand cathedral, La Seu.
The equilibrium between modern and historic is achieved with countless bars, clubs and shops.
Make sure you check out La Rambla as well. Probably the most famous road in Barcelona, which pierces the heart of the city, was described by the Spanish poet Lorca as “the only street in the world I wish would never end.” Need we say more?
One cannot visit Barcelona and not examine the dream-like architecture of Antoni Gaudí. His most famous work, La Sagrada Familia, is placed in the Eixample district and this spectacular cathedral is still being worked on nearly a century after the artist’s death. Definitely a must-see.
However, don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding Barcelona. The awe-inspiring Mount Tibidabo and the hill of Montjuïc overlook the whole region and are a blast if you decide to climb them. But make sure you save some energy for all the partying which awaits in the evening.