Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Europe. From its nice beaches overlooking the Mediterranean sea to its rich history and modern architecture. There are many reasons why you should visit the Catalonian capital but we’ll start with just 5.
A famous example of the fascinating architecture in this city is the La Sagrada Familia. This church has become one of the symbols of Barcelona and it isn’t even finished yet! This building attracts about 2.8 million visitors a year and is said to be the most visited monument in all of Spain. Designed by Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, construction of the church began in 1882 and is expected to be completed by 2026. Ticket prices begin at €15 for adults.
Of course food is an important part of any trip and it definitely applies here in Barcelona. Being so close to the Mediterranean sea, seafood plays an important role in Catalan cuisine.There is also a culture around eating in Barcelona. Lunch (the most important meal of the day in Spain and from about 2-4PM) is typically a 3-course meal, with many people leaving work to go back home to eat with their family. Be prepared to eat late as locals typically eat dinner from 9-10:30PM. For more Spanish customs click here.
Some of the best beaches in Europe can be found in Barcelona and the city does a great job at keeping them clean. The beaches are so fantastic that National Geographic named Barceloneta beach the best urban beach and the third best beach in the world!
Barcelona is full of tiny boutiques that are just waiting to be discovered. Here you will find a variety of stores from cheaper brands to international fashion houses like Armani. There is something for everyone and if you're not careful you'll end up getting carried away and spending all your money! Bershka is one of Spain's most popular stores where you can find relatively cheap clothing. Other stores to visit are Zara and Mango. Stores can be found in the Gothic Quarter, Passeig de Garcia and many other districts!
It comes as no surprise that such a vibrant city has one of the best nightlifes in Europe. Party all night long like a local and go home as the sun rises. Some of the best clubs in Barcelona include Marula Café and La Terrrazza. Click here for more club recommendations.
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