The 1992 Olympics boosted Barcelona’s fame. Four years earlier, the city was in the world news because rock singer Freddie Mercury and opera singer Montserrat Caballé scored an international hit together with the song ‘Barcelona’. But even without these promotions, it is a city that is rightfully famous. So have you booked a holiday home in Catalonia near Barcelona? Then definitely set aside a day to visit this lively coastal town.
For the art and culture lover
Barcelona has some of the most extraordinary buildings in the world. Even those who don’t care about architecture will be fascinated by the special shapes and colors of the buildings of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. From the imposing and whimsical Sagrada Familia to the colorful and imaginative Park Güell: they are true art objects. Even more art can be found in all kinds of fascinating museums. In total you can choose from more than fifty different options. For example, discover the works of art by another Spanish great Pablo Picasso in the Museu Picasso Barcelona. You can also learn all about maritime history in the Museu Maritim de Barcelona.
Shopping and going out
Barcelona is known as a fashion city and offers a shopper’s paradise. One of the most famous shopping streets is La Rambla. This is a 1200 meter long pedestrian boulevard that runs from the harbor to Plaça de Catalunya. In addition to all kinds of shops, there are also many street artists here who give the street an extra cheerful accent. Those who prefer the fancy brands can go to the most expensive shopping street in Barcelona, the Passeig de Gràcia. The city also offers many side streets where you can discover little boutiques and shops. While shopping you will also find plenty of opportunities to grab a drink or have lunch. In the evening, Barcelona’s nightlife begins with its many bars and clubs.
Choose your favorite beach
In and around Barcelona there are several beaches that together are more than 4.5 kilometers long. For example, you can walk from the center of the city to the lively Playa de la Barceloneta. Do you prefer more peace and quiet? Then try the longest beach in the city: San Sebastian.
Combine quiet Spain with lively Barcelona
In the immediate vicinity you will find untouched nature and authentic villages. Are you a lover of nature, but do you still want to get to know the famous city? Then choose one of the holiday homes in Catalonia that are not too far away from the Spanish coastal city. This way you can easily combine the quiet Spanish interior with the highlights of Barcelona!