Destination Guide: Barcelona
Exuberant Catalan architecture, intimate tapas bars and
Seek out Picasso's inspiration in medieval laneways, stroll the seaside esplanade and unwind in Gothic Quarter wine bars.
Snack on tapas or feast on paella by the port. Relax into the evening at a Gothic Quarter tapas bar, where cured Iberian ham accompanies bite-sized calamari. Seduce your senses and your palate in a chandelier-lit xampanyería(champagne bar) in La Ribera, or savour seafood paella by the beach at La Barceloneta.
Soak up art, architecture and seaside panoramas. Catch Barcelona at its most eccentric at Gaudí's La Sagrada Família Cathedral and mosaic-clad Güell Park. Take daytime strolls along flower-lined La Rambla, or wander medieval backstreets to see early masterpieces at the Picasso Museum in La Ribera. Sweeping sunset views are finest from the chairlift crowning Montjuïc.
Source iconic Catalan style and gourmet produce. Innovative fashion boutiques and glossy design stores line Avinguda Diagonal. Scour the Barri Gòtic(Gothic Quarter) for antiques and one-off accessories. A feast of fresh food and produce awaits at the colourful La Boqueria market.
Enjoy opera in sumptuous surrounds or find the perfect cocktail bar. Hear classical recitals under the stained-glass canopy of the Palau de la Música Catalana. Or join a stylish crowd at L'Eixample nightclubs. Summer evenings stretch till dawn at colourfully tiled bars in La Ribera and by the Port Olímpic marina.