A weekend in Barcelona: Gaudi’s playground
"Here in Barcelona, it's the architects who built the buildings that made the city iconic - who are the objects of admiration" - J. Burchill
Barcelona is more than Spain’s second largest city and more than the home of one of the most decorated football teams in the world, it’s Gaudi’s playground. With a seemingly never-ending stream of famous architects, it’s no wonder that the city itself is a work of art. Anywho, here’s a brief rundown of what to do to make that weekend escape especially fun!
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… But first, coffee!
Barcelona is one of those cities where it almost doesn’t matter where you go, the coffee will probably be great and definitely cheaper than in most cities across Europe. However, if you need an especially cute café in Barcelona to put it on the gram, look no further than Espai Joliu. A half coffee shop, half plant concept store, the space is a great blend of aesthetic and caffeine!
Old Town, New Sights
With small bars, cool pop-up stores, and museums around every corner, getting lost in the narrow streets of Barcelona’s Old Town is a must. Sitting between the city’s Cathedral and the pretty Parc de la Ciutadella, be sure to grab a tour of the stunning Palau de la Musica Catalana and the fun Chocolate Museum. Tired? Even if you've been to Barcelona before, the Gothic Quarter is always changing, and each walk through will show you something new.
Dominating not only the city skyline but the guidebooks too, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is a sight to behold both inside and out and is what you get when an artist is given free reign to design a monument. The Cathedral is a little expensive to visit, but there is a reason that it is top of everyone’s recommended list!
Head up the road a little and you’ll reach the old psychiatric hospital, Sant Pau. Designed in a similar style to Parc Guell, the site is now a museum that guarantees some interesting stories and photo opportunities.
Other must-do’s include Parc Guell and Montjuic (head on a Friday night for the infamous light show!).
Looking for a place to watch the sunset? Climb the Bunquer del Carmel for a 360 degree view of the city as the sun goes down.
Dance the night away
If you think you can go until morning, then Barcelona is the city to give you a run for your money! Boasting everything from the big megaclubs to small salsa clubs, there is a little something for everyone. Need some inspiration? Head to Opium on the beachfront where doors won’t close until sunrise at 6.30am.
An alternative day
Looking to get something different from your trip to the Catalan capital? A direct train from the city centre will take you to Montserrat, the site of a stunning monastery etched into the side of a mountain. Or, why not head to Port d’Aventura, the local themepark, for something with a few more thrills and spills? Whatever tickles your fancy, you are sure to find something awesome to do in Gaudi's playground.