Seven reasons to visit Barcelona | Private jet charter
Located on Spain’s north Mediterranean coast, just south of the Pyrenees, Barcelona not only has an excellent football team, it’s cultural life is world-class. From people watching in the Ramblas, to relaxing on the beach at La Barceloneta, this is a city dances to the beat of its own drum.
Under construction since 1882 Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudi’s most well-known masterpieces. The architect’s vision is an homage to the Holy Family and was consecrated by Pope Benedict in 2010. As well as the unique architecture the stained glass windows are magical. It’s a massive tourist attraction, but you will still find quiet spots for contemplation and prayer. Women must cover their shoulders before entering.
Possibly Barcelona’s most famous street, the tree-lined pedestrian La Rambla stretches for 1.2km between Plaça de Catalunya at the north and the Port Vell in the south. The street divides two fascinating districts: Raval and the Gothic Quarter and is a showcase for street entertainers, markets and more.
Picasso often credited the city of Barcelona for developing and launching his career as an artist – he grew up and lived there until 1904 when he moved to Paris – and the museum here contains many of his early works. Located in the Gothic Palau Aguilar at 15 Carrer de Montcada.
Barceloneta beach district
Head down to Port Vell and you’ll reach the old beachside neighbourhood of Barceloneta. Its narrow grid-like streets facing the ocean were once home to fishermen and now the area is full of restaurants, bars, clubs and a superb beach.
Barcelona’s home football team is based at Camp Nou, a massive 100,000 capacity stadium in the west of the city. The football museum here and the Camp Nou experience tour are magical, offering behind-the-scenes experience including a visit to the player’s tunnel, press boxes, changing rooms, the chapel and the benches. Buy your ticket online and avoid the queues.
La Boqueria Food Market
Walk almost to the end of Las Ramblas, and you’ll find the impressive gated entrance to one of Europe’s largest markets. La Boqueria is a gourmet’s paradise with stalls selling meats, seafood, cheeses, olives, fruits and much more. Stop for lunch at many of the tapas bars, the most famous of which is El Pinotxo, just by the entrance.
Escape the hustle of the city with a visit to the hill at Montjuic. As well as the many beautiful parks and gardens, there’s a castle here with amazing views over Barcelona and the Med. Have a bite to eat at the Caseta del Migdia and walk off your tapas in the Gardens of Laribal and the fascinating Albéniz Mansion.
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