A trip to Barcelona is always worthwhile! The Catalan metropolis offers pleasant temperatures and lots of sunshine all year round. It also draws in travellers thanks to its magnificent Art Nouveau buildings, picturesque districts and many interesting museums. In addition, numerous beaches in the middle of the city and in the immediate vicinity invite you to sunbathe and swim.
Barcelona is a vibrant city with a unique energy and Mediterranean flair. Life here takes place mainly outdoors, whether in the numerous restaurants and tapas bars, on the beach or in the numerous lively boulevards and squares. Throughout the year there are also events, festivals and traditional outdoor celebrations – including the big city festival Festes de la Mercè, which takes place every September and takes over the whole of Barcelona with concerts, street theatre and parades.
Like any major metropolis, Barcelona has very different facets, which also shape the districts individually. The best way to experience the versatility is to take a walk through the various districts. The old town is characterised by impressive historic buildings and winding streets, in the pretty district of Gràcia you can immerse yourself in the authentic life of the residents, or you can experience the relaxed atmosphere on the beach promenade in the Barceloneta district. Walking and relaxing is the best way to let the individual charm work its magic on you.
1. Eat tapas at the legendary El 4 Gats and soak up the atmosphere
2. La Cova Fumada in the Barceloneta district is known for its delicious seafood tapas
3. Discover innovative tapas creations in the award-winning Restaurant Tickets
4. La Vinateria del Call is a hidden, pretty tapas bar in the Jewish Quarter
5. Typical Catalan tapas can be found at the popular Bodega La Puntual in El Born
1. Discover delicacies at the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria on Las Ramblas
2. Visit the oldest market in Barcelona, Mercat de Sant Antoni in Eixample
3. Buy fresh fruit, vegetables and fish at the Mercat de Santa Caterina near the cathedral
4. Photograph pretty flower stalls at the Mercat de la Concepció
5. Mingle with the locals at the Mercat de Gràcia
1. Celebrate colourfully at the lively Carnaval de Barcelona in February
2. Give away roses and books on the romantic Dia de Sant Jordi on April 23rd
3. Experience street concerts, dance and theatre at the Festa Major del Raval in June
4. Enjoy the colourful spectacle at the Festa Major de Gràcia in August
5. Celebrate Barcelona's biggest street festival, La Mercè, at the end of September
Title image: View from Park Güell over Barcelona © Mapics/AdobeStock
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