Barcelona, too, makes a strong statement for itself. Served by the Barcelona Airport, it is one of the most enigmatic cities to visit and is known for its high standard museums, theatres, art galleries and nightlife. Besides, the city is an architectural extravaganza in its own right. Here is where the Catalan genius Antoni Gaudi formed his world within a world, and where Parc Guell, Segrada Familia, La Pedrera/Casa Mila and La Casa Batllo pay testament to the artistic potential of humankind, and the universal truth that originality finds its place in the evolution of our global society, no matter what. In case you didn’t know, Picasso is also heavily represented in Barcelona, and you can catch a glimpse of his genius at the Picasso Museum, Poble Espanyol, and Els Quatre Gats.
To catch a piece of the action in Barcelona, cruising miles of the city’s beachfront boardwalk is a good idea, but a better idea would be to head to Las Ramblas, a tile-covered tree-lined pedestrian walkway and the city’s most well-known tourist surprise. The street has an exceedingly vibrant ambience and is filled with local artists, street entertainers, pavement cafes, book kiosks and small market stalls selling birds and small animals.
Another interesting area to wander in is the Barri Gotic, a largely intact medieval Gothic quarter with narrow winding streets and lots of amazing tapas bars and cafes. Born and Gracia are two more intriguing locales, and are home to a string of eateries and places to chill out, promising to give you a true taste of Barcelona – no pun intended! For people tired of the city scene, taking a cable ride up the ocean-side Montjuic Mountain is a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience, introducing people to yet another side of Barcelona’s beauty. As the sun sets and the night is born, Barcelona transforms into a clubbers paradise, where party-goers may let loose at one (or more!) of the two hundred or so of the city’s popular venues. The Olympic Port, Catwalk, La Paloma, Maumau, RiBborn, Sidecar Factory Club, Shoko and Smooth are just few of the city’s favorite night haunts, and a faithful expression of Europe’s prime.
Barcelona Travel Tips
You will have no trouble finding cheap flights to Barcelona, with the abundance of low cost airlines serving Barcelona International Airport, as well as the nearby Reus and Girona which are both great budget alternatives – if you don’t mind a little bit of travel following your flight. If you’re flying to Girona and considering car hire Girona Spain, we recommend searching online first to ensure the lowest possible price and to save time negotiating at the airport desks.