Barcelona is a seething, teeming mixture of Spanish culture, jaw-dropping architecture, and amazing nightlife. There is simply never a dull moment in this glorious city.
Located on the sun-bleached shores of the Med you are assured of a warm welcome. During the day, the beaches beckon sun-worshippers and – for those who worship a different sort of body – they are packed with bikini-clad Spanish senoritas.
Away from the sea, try taking a walk down Las Ramblas, a tree-lined boulevard famous for its street entertainers. Make sure you pop into the El Bosc de les Fades Bar next to the Wax Museum – a truly bizarre place made up to look like an enchanted forest! If you only see one bit of Gaudi architecture during your stay then we would recommend La Pedrera, which is an embodiment of his amazing imagination. Address – La Pedrera, Passeig de Gràcia 92.
Football crazy stags should not miss a visit to Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona – a true cathedral of sport and an awe-inspiring sight. If you are lucky enough to be there on a match day then get tickets – they are cheap by English standards and the massive stadium rarely sells out.
Barcelona is especially famed for its nightlife. After dark the city comes alive – but be warned, Barcelona is huge, so basing yourself in one particular area is a good idea. The Olympic Port area is a pretty safe bet as it has a range of excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the delicious tapas that can be found all over the city – a way of eating that was designed with drinking in mind – perfect!