The city of Barcelona is awash with things to do and places to see
Wander around the ancient winding streets where many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. A great number of buildings are World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city. His best known work is the immense but still unfinished Cathedral the Sagrada Familia, a symbol of Barcelona all over the world and has been under construction since 1882. Other works by Gaudi, include his famous Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and Park Güell.
Those who appreciate the work of Picasso will be spellbound by the Picasso Museum and if you wish to tread in the footsteps of the artistic genius, you can do so by visiting the landmarks that shaped his youth: Stroll along the Calle Reina Christina and then cross over to 3 Carrer de la Mercè to see where his family lived, though the building was later destroyed. Gaze in wonder at Gaudí's fairytale architecture - the Sagrada Familia is both breathtaking and grotesque. Marvel at his Casa Batlló, built for textile industrialist. Nearby, you can gaze at his rivals' architecture: the Casa Amatller and the decadent Casa Lleó Morera by Puig i Cadafalch. Hop off at the The Parc de la Ciutadella - Barcelona's most central park. The park includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums.
For your evening entertainment, you may wish to delight your ears at one of the city's concert halls such as The Gran Teatre del Liceu, L'Auditori or The Palau de la Música Catalana. Or perhaps sampling the seafood at Gracia's seafood restaurants takes your fancy. The best place to enjoy chilled fruit sangria in Barcelona is one of the many outdoor bars and cafés. There are so many things to do by day or night in the city. If you're visiting in September, the Festes de la Mercèe swings into town. It started life as a small religious parade but since then it has grown into a week-long party celebrating Catalan culture. Performances, incredible firework displays along the beaches, a sea-front air show, exhibitions, children's activities and free concerts make this a celebration of Barcelona in all its splendour.