European City Break Destinations – Part 1 Barcelona
Taking a city break is a great way of exploring that city’s history and culture over a short period of time.I have put together a list of some amazing European destination breaks, with information of things to do and see as well as hotels to stay in. Part 1 of this series is Barcelona.
Barcelona with a population of around 1.6 million is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeast Spain.
With 4.5km of coastline and its rich cultural heritage, Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, with many museums, cultural and arts centres within the city.
With easy access via the Barcelona-El Prat Airport, Barcelona is a great city break destination.
Things to do in Barcelona
Visit Las Ramblas
Taking a trip to Barcelona without a visit to Las Ramblas is like visiting London without going to Buckingham Palace.
Las Ramblas is a street in Barcelona that attracts locals and tourists alike as there are so many things of interest to do.
Las Ramblas is home to many human statues that imitate everyone including some of Spain’s famous philosophers to regular robots. Visiting the Museu de l’Erotica will give you a history of sex in the city (of Barcelona of course) which although a bit raunchy is very interesting.
An easy way to get around Las Ramblas and much of Barcelona is by bicycle. For just 5 euros you can rent a bike from Mattia 46, which is right next to Las Ramblas. With its warm, dry weather, mostly flat terrain and many bike lanes, Barcelona is the perfect city for cycling.
Visit the Museu Picasso
A visit to the Museu Picasso in Barcelona will give you an understanding of the early years of genius that was Pablo Picasso. There are over 4000 of his works in the permanent collection housed there.
Visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
Visit Casa Batllo
Another masterpiece by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, Casa Batllo is a remodelled version of the house that was previously built there.
Tour Camp Nou
Explore the home of the famous Barcelona Football club with a guided tour designed by Olivier Goldstein. A must for all lovers of the beautiful game.
Visit the magical Montjuïc Mountain
See Barcelona’s spectacular views while riding the funicular railway up Montjuic. You will be able to see facilities from the 1992 Olympic Games as well as Montjuic Castle and Plaza Espana.