Welcome to Barcelona
Sitting on Spain’s sundrenched Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is an adventure in Catalan art, food, history and culture.
Barcelona lives its life outdoors. With some of Europe’s finest beaches, centuries old plazas, grand avenues, and magnificent stadiums, the city embraces its 2,000 years of history dating from the Roman, to Catalan modernism, and into the 21st century.
The Catalan heart of the region, the locals embrace their food, music, art and language with fierce determination. You’ll sense this unique spirit as you walk neighborhoods where you’ll hear flamenco drifting from clubs, pop in and out of tapas bars, and join a game of boules being played in a park.
And you can’t mention Barcelona without saying the name Gaudi. Revered by Catalans as “God’s Architect,” his modernist architecture with expressions of nature is prevalent throughout the city. Must see: Park Güell, Casa Milà, and La Sagrada Família.
For a day that captures the essence of the city, start with an early morning stroll up La Rambla, the tree-lined pedestrian street, to La Boqueria Market. Fortify yourself on regional delicacies, like slices of cured jamon, then make your way to the salty air and sea-faring heritage of the medieval dockyards and Maritime Museum in Port Vell. In the evening return to the Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, to marvel at the lit facade of towering Barcelona Cathedral, wander the maze of alleyways, and dine at a Catalan restaurant.
In Barcelona, you’ll soak up the sun on the beaches, drink thick hot chocolate in plazas, ride a cable car up to a fortified castle, and hopefully learn a few words of Catalan from the locals. Book one of our Barcelona photographers to capture the highlights of your Catalan adventure.