Friday, January 22, 2016

Barcelona Bucket List

Thinking of visiting Spain's second largest city? Don't miss out on these hot spots in the lively coastal city of Barcelona.  

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6.  Tapas and Wine

You can’t visit Spain without partaking in the cultural tradition of enjoying wine and tapas. ‘Tapas’ is simply small plates or finger foods, and can include anything from olives and cheese to chorizo. While there are great options all over the city, try to find a place outside of the main tourist areas that has lots of locals inside. They’re the experts— they know their tapas. Try a Spanish wine or even a fruity Sangria to wet your whistle. If you’re feeling hungry, order Paella— a traditional Spanish rice dish which usually comes in vegetarian, meat, and seafood varieties.

5.  Party All Night on the Beach

Barcelona is known for its nightlife, and for good reason. Along the beach, you will find a variety of nightclubs and bars that stay open well into the night. If you’re looking for a place to party all night, try Opium. With its beach-facing outdoor patio and fun atmosphere, it’s no wonder Opium is such a hot spot. At many clubs in this area, drinks can be overpriced. Start on the sangria before you head out clubbing! 

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4.   Mercado de la Boqueria

A market unlike any other! Situated along La Rambla, Mercado de la Boqueria has it all. Fresh juices, homemade empanadas, specialty chocolates, and sausages are just some of the delicious items you will find here. Bring cash and try not to get lost in this maze of a market. 

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3.   La Sagrada Familia

The beautiful, ever-under-construction church is a must-see for history and architecture fans. Construction began in 1882, with famous Spanish architect Gaudi becoming involved in the following year. La Sagrada Familia has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with six other Gaudi buildings in Barcelona. 

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2.   Park Güell

A showcase of Gaudi’s works, all in one park. The park was built during the early 1900s and later designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The higher areas of the park offer panoramic views of the city, and wildlife such as parrots and eagles can also be found. Book your spot in advance! As a popular tourist attraction, the park reaches capacity quickly. Arrive early or buy your tickets online to avoid lines and disappointment. 

1.   See Barcelona from above at Mount Tibidabo 

The trip to the top of Mount Tibidabo is certainly worth the views of Barcelona. The easiest way to get there is the funicular, but you can also walk up on foot. The view from the top is breathtaking, with views of the whole city below. There is also a small amusement park with rides and churros once you reach the top. Take some time to explore Temple de Sagrat Cor as well, a beautiful church at the summit of Mount Tibidabo. 

Barcelona Spain

Barcelona Spain 

Barcelona Spain 

Barcelona Spain

Cheers, fellow travelers!

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