Date of stay: May 2012
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
The minute you arrive in Barcelona you feel like you are in a very modern yet culture rich vibrant city. Situated on the northern east coast of Spain, Barcelona is the second largest city after Madrid. If you are looking for history the big question is where to start.
A great place to get a taste of this whilst also having an amazing view of the whole city is the fortress at Montjuïc. There are trams that take you up every 15 minutes or so and is well worth it, seeing the full extent of this immense city is breath taking. Of course another must see is the Sagrada Familia designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí 1852–1926 (with work starting 1882). This work of art is still being completed to this day, with many architects working on it over the centuries. This costs to go inside but is definitely worth while not to be missed!
The Gaudi theme is continued throughout the city and none more so than Park Güell built between 1900 and 1914. This really is a master piece, built to provide the people of Barcelona a place to relax and enjoy the amazing views of the city. Park Güell offers some amazing insight into Gaudi’s work that has looks like it has almost been untouched.
If all this culture is too much Barcelona has some very nice beaches with a very strong European feel, with the water front offering some amazing sights from millionaire boats to its beautiful beaches. When night time comes around there is always something going on in Barcelona but a great place to start is the famous Absinthe bar, walking in you think it is probably from the 30's or even older. It picks up from about 10-11pm and ensures a pretty epic night.
Points to highlight:
Barcelona is well known for pick pocket theft, we had no dramas but it pays to be safe. Keep valuables well hidden, keep cash or cards in a money belt or somewhere secure.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall destination rating: 4.5 out of 5