Barcelona is the place to go in Spain for a chic city break; and one of the few city break destinations in Europe that located next to a gloriously golden sand beach. Barcelona has everything from stylish hotels to great shopping. Here are my top five ‘must sees’ for a holiday to Barcelona:
#1 Get close to Gaudi
Unique and colourful, Gaudi’s works turn Barcelona into a living artwork; providing a surreal interpretation of the nature that surrounds it. Casa Batlo is one of Gaudi’s most impressive creations and, looking as if it has jumped straight out of a fairytale, transports you to an exotic world of surrealism. Audio guided tours are available between 9am and 8pm daily with a few days of limited hours opening in October. Check the website for more details.
#2 Climb Montjuic
Montjuic offers the best views of the city. It is hard to reach so tends not to be crowded with tourists. However the panoramic views of the city it provides more than make up for the
effort needed to reach it. If you’re feeling particularly fit climb right to the top to see the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, and the stunning botanical gardens.
#3 Indulge your sweeter side
Barcelona is a gourmet paradise and is a wonderful place to indulge in some sugary goodness. Pappabubble offers you the chance to watch a variety of sweets being made right before your eyes whilst patisserie Bubo offers a rainbow of macaroons and decadently rich delights in a modern, slightly avante garde, environment. Chocoholics can head to the chocolate museum and witness some creations that are as beautiful as they are delicious.
#4 Load up on style
Spain has style in spades. Blend in with the locals by stocking up on chic Spanish fashion in one if the numerous designer boutiques the town offers. The Place de Catalunya and Avinguda Diagonal are the best streets for designer threads. Don’t expect exceptionally cheap prices as the Euro is currently strong, however use the occasion to stock up on lesser known Spanish designers such as Mertxe Hernandez and Santa Eulalia.
#5 Experience the fever of Flamenco
Flamenco is a passionate, verging on agressive, dance that has its roots in the traditional music of Andulusian gypsies. The years and its mainstream popularity have done nothing to diminish the raw energy and of the dance. El Tablao de Carmen is a great place to watch new and established talent. Alternatively, take a class and experience the proud fire the dance creates first hand.
This is a guest post by Helen Cross who writes for travel site Simonseeks; the site offers everything from inspirational Barcelona travel guides to expert rated London Hotels.