Flying in to Barcelona I couldn’t help but think that I was flying in to Rio De Janeiro, the high mountains, crystal clear waters and long stretches of golden sand was almost the same. I arrived in Barcelona in late August and the temperatures were a lot higher than expected, even though it was the peak of summer.
There is so much to do and see in Barcelona, it’s quite overwhelming especially as a lot of people come on weekend breaks. You can’t walk too far without seeing great architecture and historic builds in Barcelona, so you’ll need your camera to hand as you walk around. If football is your thing, then a trip to the Camp Nou will no doubt be on the top of your list. It’s easy to get to with local bus routes, once there you will pay a small price to enter the ground and take a look around the trophy room, press conference area and the outside ground itself. Although, you’re not allowed on to the grass, you still get a good view (although, we did see some people run on to the pitch, but they quickly got escorted out of the ground by security). I spent a good few hours there, and it’s rather busy for a football ground albeit this is one of the most successful football clubs in Europe.
Walking through the city centre is busy, a real hustle and bustle and street performers on almost every corner – there is a real atmosphere to this place. The beach wasn’t as busy as I expected, the beach was clean and the sea was clear, what more could you want?
If partying is more your style, then you’ve come to the right place, Barcelona is host to Las Ramblas which is basically a strip in Barcelona filled with bars and nightclubs. Whatever music you’re into, I’m sure you’ll find a club to suit your needs here. Parties go on to the early hours, and I’d class Barcelona as one of the best party cities in all of Europe. It’s unlike one of the many party islands and results in Spain and Europe, you’re partying with the locals here and people from other parts of Europe, t’s not a 100% British colony like the likes of magaluf etc…
Eating in the city centre of Barcelona can be expensive, but the food is good – if you have the money, then by all means eat in the city centre. If you enter the downtown part of Barcelona you’ll find great food and at half the price! Eat like and where a local, is the rule of thumb I follow when travelling on a budget.
If you’re looking to see the best parts of Barcelona, I suggest jumping on the many sight seeing busses in and around the city. Not only will it take you to all the best parts of the city, but you can also hop on and off the bus whenever you feel like, I’d highly recommend it.
Barcelona is a city break mixed with a beach resort, it’s recommended for party goers or even people looking for a relaxing break. The best thing about Barcelona is that it’s got something for everyone! and on top of that, the flights are really cheap from most airports in the UK.