Visit Barcelona – a Mediterranean beauty

Visit Barcelona – a Mediterranean beauty

Supersavvyme recommends Barcelona as a holiday destination and gives you some handy advice and holiday tips to help you get the most out of your visit.

The capital of Catalonia is rich in history, art and great architecture, but it’s the warm climate and even warmer people that make it a must-see city for a great weekend getaway or summer holiday.

When to go
Anytime! From spring to early autumn, Barcelona makes for a sultry, sunny weekend getaway. At Christmas there’s a festive feel that spills out of the bars into bustling squares, and the market stalls along Las Ramblas are filled with kitsch gifts and decorations. For festival fever, go in September when the Festes de la Mercè fills the streets and seafront with music, dance and celebration.

Barcelona is famous for its sights and top of the list has to be the distinctive works of the architect Antoni Gaudi. The Sagrada Família ‘unfinished church’ is an absolute must-see, and a visit to Park Guell allows you the chance to explore more of his ornate, almost fairytale style.
The city has been the inspiration and home to many great artists; for art lovers the Parc de Joan Miró and Museu Picasso are also worth visiting.


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What to do
Explore the city by foot and save some energy to get to the top of Montjuïc from which you can see the city in all its beauty. Popular visitor attractions include the Medieval Barri Gotic district, Barcelona Cathedral and Barcelona FC’s Nou Camp. If that sounds a little energetic, treat yourself to a browse around the many confectioners – posh chocs and cakes at Escribà, bonbons at Bubó and candy creations at Papabubble. Or simply enjoy the 4km of beach.

Shopping and dining
For quirky (and touristy) shopping, a walk down Las Ramblas offers market stall colour, but there’s also plenty for fashionistas. If you want to sample homegrown high design, head for stores like the chic and simple Syngman Cucala.
You’re not short of tapas options in Barcelona but it’s worth trying Basque tapas too. Called Pintxos, these platefuls of tasty bites on bread are a local trend. The bars and eateries around the Eixample district create an evening buzz, and the vibrant Raval district is great for terrace bars. Or lounge by the Med at a chi-chi beach spot around la Barceloneta.
For the finest dining, choose a seafood restaurant, and if you want to try Catalan cooking, the Cinc Sentits is celebrated as one of the city’s gastronomic highlights.

Where to stay
If you just want a place to rest your head when you’re not partying the warm days away, then the hostels offer a bargain way to travel. However, for most, the bright and welcoming boutique B&Bs are a good way to stay in comfort without breaking the bank, and there are lots of luxury hotels if you fancy a treat.

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