Ditch the Traditional Summer Vacations
Summertime is officially upon us and what comes along with these gorgeous summer months? Why, family vacations and romantic getaways of course! Those who are looking for some travel options don't bother with the traditional tropical getaways! Instead check out the absolutely gorgeous city of Barcelona.
Traveling to Barcelona
From its traditional festivals to its decadent cuisine to its abundance of art and culture, Barcelona has something to offer to everyone who visits, whether its your first time or your 50th! Need a few ideas of what to do while you're there? No worries, we have plenty! Let's look at a few:
- Take in a concert
For all the music lovers out there, witnessing some of Barcelona's live music is an absolute must-do when visiting. The city has its fair share of venues that offer nothing but live music, such as Razzmatazz, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the sleek, but classy, L'Auditori. For those who are traveling on a budget, don't panic, although Barcelona does have some pricey options when it comes to live music, a lot of these shows aren't as expensive as you might think.
- Modernism and Gaudi
A popular attraction for both tourists and locals is to simply admire the city's modernist architecture, more specifically the works of Antoni Gaudi, a world renowned Spanish Catalan architect. From civil building to religious structures, examples of Gaudi's work are all throughout the city. Do not be fooled, however, Gaudi certainly wasn't the only modernist architect who left his mark on the great city, be sure to take in works by other famous architects such as Casa Amatller and Palau de la Musica.
- Decadent Cuisine
Tapas, pintxos, vermouth- all of these are pretty much staples of Barcelona and something that all visitors must try on their first trip. Just to give you an idea of what these goodies are, pintxos are basically Basque tapas- delicious bite-sized snacks that are served over a piece of bread. If you want to follow tradition in Barcelona you must pick at the food with toothpicks, which you will then be charged for depending on the number of toothpicks you used. When it comes to food in Barcelona, the options are just about endless; from traditional to elegant to simple tapas bars where you can go and get a cold beer- there is something for everyone.
- Take in the city by foot
For those who truly want to experience all that Barcelona has to offer, tie up those walking shoes and hit the streets! Although Barcelona is a nice size city, it's just small enough to take in on foot. Enjoy the sights and take your time as you stroll around; just be sure to stop and recharge your batteries with some of the city's amazing gastronomic options.
Barcelona is the city you can easily reach from distinct European and overseas destinations via bus, train, plane and of course car. The city has one main airport and one in Girona (90km away) where cheap airlines fly.