Barcelona is a city best explored on foot. Beat the heat, and the crowds, with an early morning visit to the bustling La Boqueria market or head up the hill to see Gaudi’s impressive sculptural garden, Park Güell. Can’t get enough of Gaudi? Make sure you visit Gaudi’s greatest (unfinished) work, the Sagrada Familia. Beautifully gothic on the outside, while the inside is scaled in rainbow stained glass. If soccer is your preferred form of entertainment, score tickets to one of FC Barcelona’s home games at Camp Nou stadium. If more into shopping than sport, Santa Eulalia is a fashion institution for trendy Barcelonians.
To sample some of the city’s best food, seek out traditional Catalan dishes. Keep an eye out for regional specialities like Botifarra Amb Mongetes, a delicious dish of Catalan sausage with white beans, and the seafood stew, Suquet De Peix. While the traditional tastes of the region are exceptional, throw at least one high-end dining experience into. Tickets is a theatrical tapas restaurant where each plate is a mind-boggling piece of art. Once you’re done with dinner, head out into the balmy evening and enjoy one of the many al frescos or rooftop bars like local favourite, Senyor Vermut. I
f you manage to make it past midnight, venture to one of the many clubs that line the city’s Mediterranean shores like Pacha. If you’d prefer a jazz club over a mega one, visit Jamboree. Whether you want to do everything or nothing at all, Barcelona is a surreal place to enjoy some time in the sun.