With lust-worthy beaches, marvellous old-school art and architecture and a pumping nightlife, Spain’s Barcelona has risen in popularity in the last few decades. The best beach city in the world – National Geographic’s words, not ours – may be late to the party, but Barcelona will definitely be the last to leave. Barcelona’s playful soul means later-than-late bars and nightclubs are commonplace, while the city’s love of casual tapas dining and chilled beach trips offer respite for calmer visitors. No Barcelona trip is complete without a stroll through the many cultural districts. From the architectural Gothic quarter to modern street art, Gaudi’s offerings and the perfectly imperfect La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s art scene traverses cool to classical and back again across just a few streets. The home of artistes celebrated the world over, this city’s mantra of work hard, play hard, proves lucrative. And with a lifestyle like this, they’re definitely onto something.
Head to the hills. The best views of Barcelona are in the hilltops. The mountain of Montjuic shows off the city’s harbour, while the steeper Tibidado Hill lays out all of Barcelona before you. Barcelona attractions on the hilltop including Tibidado’s amusement park and a striking church make for some interesting snaps too.
Water, water everywhere. This city heats up, and with plenty of hills and beaches to tour, having a bottle of water handy is always a good idea.
Care to dance? On one of your Barcelona day trips, head to Santa Maria Del Mar. Each Sunday at 11am a small crowd dances the Catalan dance, the Sardana, in the square in front of the cathedral.
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Spain offers a happy recess from Europe’s colder countries, and enjoys sunshine year-round. For pleasant weather and hotel prices that won’t break the bank, opt for a visit during spring. If your heart’s set on a Spanish summer though, make certain to book a room with air-conditioning and get cracking with your Barcelona sightseeing early in the morning to avoid overheating.