A day in Barcelona
Catalonia’s capital is forever identified with Gaudi but it is also a treasure trove of art, history and fine dining. It even has beaches!
La Sagrada Familia in the morning sunshine
Jump on the blue line, hop off the bus at stop 4 and be prepared for your jaw to drop. Grown men and women have wept at their first sight of Gaudi’s masterpiece, from its sheer overpowering beauty. Do remember to book online in advance because this is the foremost among Barcelona attractions. For an unforgettable experience, go early and catch the sun’s first rays lighting up the gilded decorations high on the soaring spires, which Gaudi believed only the angels would see.
Lunchtime tapas in the Gothic Quarter
Take the red line to stop 22 and continue your Barcelona sightseeing in the heart of the ancient city. Explore the medieval buildings surrounded by a labyrinth of ancient cobbled streets opening out into tiny squares, many of them pedestrianised to make a peaceful atmosphere. Tiny tapas bars will delight you with unexpected discoveries. Look out for Catalonia specialities of formatge de tupí, a goat’s cheese with olive oil, and large spring onions, roasted and dipped in spicy tomato sauce.
A long lazy afternoon in Park Güell
If you visit Barcelona in the summer, take the blue line to stop 6. The park is a system of open spaces linked by fabulously colourful fairyland architecture, all designed by Gaudi and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also a good idea to book in advance online for the Monumental Zone, although parts of the park can be visited for free. If all that architecture gives you a snack attack, it’s easy to find a nice little café.
An evening stroll in Las Ramblas
A weekend in Barcelona would not be complete without experiencing its most famous street! Take the red line down to stop 15 at the end of the avenue and then stroll back up, taking in the lights sparkling in every tree and the cheerful, almost party atmosphere. Take a detour down a side street to find the best value and most authentic restaurants. Remember that dinner time starts late in Spain, so don’t expect the restaurants to be in full swing till about 9pm.
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