Whether you are going after the fabulous nightlife, the modernist architectures of Antoní Gaudí, (Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila), the rich museums and beautiful art galleries, or the sumptuous cosmopolitan food, you will keep coming back to the captivating Barcelona. In fact, anything about Barcelona is fascinating. Here are some reasons why Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in the world:
Barcelona has a rich history. With Castilian kings propelling cannonballs over Barcelona walls and revolutionaries differing in views on which shoulder to hang their firearms, it shrank behind the shadow of much greater powers and cities for centuries. But today it has triumphantly become one of the most important global cities.
Barcelona has a strategic location, which makes it very attractive to tourists. Set between the Montjuic hills and the Mediterranean seaboard, Barcelona’s location is truly desirable. Very few cities have over 4 km of pristine beaches at the heart of the downtown area. You can also enjoy hiking and skiing to nearby mountains – and even go for a short trip to neighbouring France.
Unlike other people in Europe, Barcelona has a population of cool and likable people. They are interesting, have great sense of humour, and artistic. We have seen this in many films. What’s more, Barcelona is a melting pot of different nationalities. This diversity makes the city so full of color.
You will surely fall in love with architecture. Here you will see traces of the Roman Empire and Romanesque churches. Gothic neighborhoods with intriguing streets, plazas, and churches built in the 13th to 15th centuries will also enthral you.
Perhaps the most notable neighbourhood is the Eixample, which showcases Art Nouveau buildings by Gaudí. The imaginative, vibrant, and curvy architecture by Gaudi and other masters define Barcelona’s unique artistic identity.
Museums and art galleries
If you are an art enthusiast, a travel to Barcelona can be your most pleasurable experience. For one, the city houses interesting major and minor museums. Some of the most popular are the National Museum of Catalan Art (Address: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona / Phone: +34 936 22 03 60), the Joan Miró Foundation (Address: Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Spain / Phone: +34 934 43 94 70 / Hours: 10:00 am–2:30 pm closed on Monday), and the Picasso Museum (Address: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona / Phone: +34 933 19 63 10). Barcelona also has a great offering of art galleries to satisfy the craving of the art aficionado in you.
Mouth-watering Catalan cuisine
A visit to this city will thrill your palate. Yes, Catalan cuisine is one of the top attractions in the city. In fact, it gives French restaurants a run for their money and many cooking magazines have voted Barcelona as the eating capital of Europe.
Barcelona is a city that never sleeps. With fabulous bars and clubs offering the best drinks and playing great music, nightlife is one of the most exhilarating scenes in this city that you should not miss.