As summer nears, here at GG HQ the travel-bug is out in full force, and it’s catching. This month on the Grow Gorgeous blog we’re taking a look at our favourite city break locations and giving you the low-down on the best things to do whilst you’re there. The first in the series is Barcelona, a must-visit city bursting with incredible culture, amazing food, fab nights out and incomparable views. See our top things to do in Barcelona below…
For amazing views
Hello @instagood! I'm Núria from @airunworld and I'll accompany you in the next 2 post 🙂 I love traveling and most of the photos I’ve are from my travels, although sometimes you don’t have to go far to enjoy views like this (15min from my house in Barcelona). For many cities that I know, I think Barcelona it is still my favorite. And for you, what is your favorite city?
If you want to see the entire Barcelona skyline, the Bunkers Del Carmel is a MUST. It’s an old Spanish civil war bunker on top of a hill and gives you an unparalleled 360° view of the city. We recommend visiting at sunset (or sunrise if you’re an early bird) to really get the full WOW factor.
You can easily get the metro or a bus there, or if you feel like all that Sangria and Paella has been taking its toll, you can enjoy a (steep) 30-40-minute hike. Save this for an early morning, it’s pretty exposed so the mid-day heat won’t be fun.
For history and charm
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Barrio Gótico (The Gothic Quarter) dates back over 2,000 years and is one of the oldest and most beautiful districts in the city. You can wander around it’s labyrinth of small streets full of little bars, restaurants and shops for hours and never stumble across the same street twice.
Whilst you’re there you’ve got to visit La Boqueria, one of the most beautiful food markets you’ll ever see. It makes for a real sensory overload (in the best possible way) and is perfect for that holiday Instagram shot. Although it’s technically just on the border of the Gothic Quarter, while you’re in the area it’s worth a visit.
For the ultimate shopping experience
If you’re looking to shop whilst you’re in Barcelona look no further. The Passeig de Gràcia is right in the heart of the centre of town, where you’ll be taking in breathtaking modernist buildings as you hunt down your latest purchase. Whether you’re a high-street kinda gal or all about the luxury you’ll find the perfect shop for you.
You’ll also find some incredible architecture, make a point in seeing Casa Batllo and Casa Amatller, striking modernist buildings that are most definitely worth a walk by.
For the beach of times
If you’re short on time and want to make a quick visit to the beach head to Platja Barceloneta. Perfect for a stroll along the city coastline and an afternoon of sunbathing.
However, if you really want a full beach day in the beautiful Spanish sun (or couple of days) you’ve got to head to Sitges. A quick train ride away from the city centre, this beautiful coastal town is famous for its vibrant gay nightlife. Don’t worry if you’re looking for a laid-back vibe instead, you’ll be able find that too. If you don’t want to sunbathe the whole day away, make sure to visit Placa de l’Ajuntament (famous for its leaning tower of Pisa like palm trees) and take a cocktail lesson at La Casa Bacardi. (the founder of Bacardi was native to Sitges)
For the famous sights
It’s one the the city’s most famous views for a reason and can’t be missed off this list. With it’s colourful mosaics and beautiful view across the city, Park Guell is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening. Take your time, stroll through and enjoy the architecture and the views.
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