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Planning a holiday to Barcelona, my favourite European holiday destination

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city in Spain, and it is one of the world’s top tourist destination. It is famous for its awe-inspiring architecture, art, good food and weather.

This vibrant city is ideal for every type of vacation (long weekend trips, solo trip, girls or boys’ holiday, family trips or any other type of holiday) as there is something for every traveller. There are very few cities in Europe that can match this destination as it is safe, affordable, and accessible for most people.

Some of my best holiday memories are from Barcelona and I hope you all can get to enjoy the delicious tapas, walk the streets at midnight while singing loudly with friends, drink copious amounts of sangria, soak up the sun on the beach and zip across the city on a scooter.

Barcelona sits on the Mediterranean coast and its harbour hosts some of the most luxurious yachts you will ever see whilst the city also has some of the best urban beaches in the world.  Accommodation ranges from affordable to luxury and there is something to fit each pocket size. 

Things to do in Barcelona:

  • Sagrada Familia – visit this ever-developing architectural masterpiece and even if you don’t go in, the sight up close is stunning.
  • Gothic quarter – take a walk round this part of town, the architecture is stunning and well worth your viewing time.
  • La Rambla – take a walk down this street and if you fancy it, you can go watch a show. Make sure you are not scammed.
  • Park Guell – you can take a leisurely walk through the gardens see view the architectural designs of Gaudi.
  • Casa Batllo – this building is a masterpiece of Gaudi, the architectural design will definitely inspire you. You can take a guided or self-guided tour of the building.
  • La Boqueria – the beautiful array of fresh fruit, spices, seafood and
  • Take a tour of Camp Nou – if you are a football (please don’t call it soccer) fan, you should stop here for a visit.
  • Have a lazy day at the beach.

Where to Stay in Barcelona:

  • Eixample, particularly around Avenue Diagonal – this my personal favourite area to stay. It is close enough to La Rambla, Gothic quarter, restaurants, hotels and everything else you need to be close to.
  • Gothic Quarter – this is the older part of town with buildings from 14th and 15th century. There is a wide and varied choice of accommodation (hotels and airbnb) here.
  • El Born – this is a trendy neighbourhood to stay in. It has a buzzing café culture, independent shops, cocktail bars and terraced restaurants for open air commune.
  • Barceloneta – this is close to the seafront with easy access to the old town and it is surrounded by restaurants.

Where to Eat in Barcelona:

  • Ciutat Comtal/Ciudad Condal – I have been here more times than I can remember and it has the absolute best tapas in Barcelona. This restaurant is a favourite of locals and I assure you that the taste is in the pudding;
  • Clemens in La Boqueria – slightly overpriced than the other stalls selling seafood and tapas but the taste and quality of the food is very good.
  • La Paradeta – this is a no fuss restaurant that can simply be described as seafood paradise. It’s a bit similar to a canteen in setup but it is a simple, chic restaurant selling spectacular food.

Verdict: I really enjoy Barcelona every time and you should visit. While there are cheaper European destinations, this city will give you a good time for your money.

Pro tip: Why don’t you try something new and go to the nudist beach? It will be a good experience especially if you are not a liberal person.

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  1. Abiodun Ogunnika

    Lovely city and a gorgeous place. 😍💙

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