Seeing the benefit in avoiding Europe in the summer time, you’re only mere months from landing in the world’s most stylish continent for an extended tour. One of the cities that is on the agenda is Barcelona, a city that is home to a distinct culture within Spain, a mix of the old and the new, a culinary tradition that dedicated foodies venture to merely for its mouthwatering tapas.
It is also located on the Mediterranean, and while the water is just a bit too cold for a dip in the winter, this tepid body of water keeps the climate delightfully mild while the rest of Europe suffers under a dark cloud of gloom.
Just as you have already done for your other destinations in Europe, you are seeking attractions that will leave your mouth agape at first sight, points of interest that inspire your soul. Fortunately, most of the attractions that we will describe for you below can be found and near the downtown area. If you want to be centrally located with respect to all the cool things to see in Barcelona, booking a room with HCC Hotels would be a very good idea.
When you’re settled in the heart of this essential European city, hit the streets in search of the following awesome attractions…
1) Sagrada Família
Even if you aren’t a big culture buff, it’s well worth your while to haul yourself and your DLSR to Sagrada Familia. Designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi as his last project before his death in the late 19th century, its daring spires, steeples, and stonework might cause you to gasp involuntarily when you see it in the flesh … don’t miss it.
2) Eat some tapas in the Gothic Quarter
After walking amidst the numerous ornate cathedrals, palaces, and Barcelona’s city hall, rest your weary feet at any one of the Gothic Quarter’s famed tapas bars. With creations like tortilla con chorizo and chimichurri steak being just the tip of the iceberg, you’ll be nibbling and snacking on bite-sized portions of pleasure well into the evening.
3) Parc de la Ciutadella
While the urban sights of Barcelona are breathtaking, so is the traffic exhaust from cars and trucks rumbling by you in the street. When you need a break from this, a trip to Parc de la Ciutadella will sort you out. The powder blue water of its cornerstone lake, multiple picturesque fountains, and several interesting museums will help to relax and enrich your mind.
4) Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
If the fountains in the park got you in the mood to see more of Barcelona’s spectacular water works, be sure to visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuic after dark. Constructed for the 1929 World’s Fair, this impressive display of aquatic artistry is aided these days by lighting effects and musical accompaniment. This is the perfect place to put your night photography skills to the test!
5) The city of Barcelona from Montserrat
Before moving on to your next European destination, take the funicular and hike up to the top of Monserrat, a towering mountain range that looms 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) over Barcelona. As such, the panoramic shots up here of the city and the Mediterranean beyond are stupendous, making it well worth the physical effort that you’ll put in to get up there.