Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe, both by tourists who travel for pleasure or for business travelers who travel for conferences, meetings or all kinds of exhibitions. Barcelona is a great city that has it all. But you might think, what is so special about Barcelona? Here are the Top 10 reasons to visit Barcelona.
Barcelona is as the capital of Modernism and you can find many monuments built and designed by famous Antoni Gaudi. The most impressive Gaudi’s works that I recommend are: the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo and Park Guell. In addition, in Barcelona you also find spectacular gothic Cathedral or the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.
2. Cultural life and festivals
Barcelona has become a very cosmopolitan city, so you can constantly find artistic and cultural exhibitions throughout the city. There are many art galleries and museums in Barcelona like MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona), the Picasso Museum, the Miró Foundation and the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya). In the music scene, Barcelona holds festivals such as Primavera Sound or Sonar.
Barcelona is one of the favorite cities for the organization of conferences and events worldwide. Some of the most famous are the GSM World Mobile Congress and the Grand Prix of Spain F1.
Barcelona is popular for its creative and innovative fashion and you can find here many different marks like the famous Zara or famous designers like Ailanthus, El Delgado Buil, Custo.
5. FC Barcelona
Even if you are not fan of football, the stadium of FC Barcelona team is a worth to visit. For those who likes going to a football games, there are games almost during the whole year.
Barcelona is located on the coast and there are miles of beaches all along the north. The main beach of Barcelona is divided into five or more smaller beaches and each beach offers a great relax.
The Catalan cuisine is based on the Mediterranean diet with a lot of vegetable, bread, cereals and olive oil. You find everything here, from seafood to fresh fruit, also many food markets and great restaurants with typical Catalan cuisine. The famous dishes are called ´tapas´, small portions of different type of food, which you should not miss.
Barcelona has a great location and is has mild climate throughout the year. The coldest time during the year is usually from December to February, in which the average temperature is between 10 and 12°C. The hottest month is usually August, with temperature around 29°C, so it’s the perfect climate to go to the beach and enjoy the sun.
9. Nightlife in Barcelona
Barcelona has an impressive nightlife and many say that the city never sleeps. It’s almost impossible to find closed bar or club during the night. The fashionable districts are El Born, the Old Town and Port Olímpico, close to the beach.
10. Recreation and Activities