Over the past 20 years the number of tourists visiting Barcelona has tripled, placing it amongst the top ten cities visited in Europe.
Lonely Planet's online travel guide describes this sunny Mediterranean location as "an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene."
Attracting anywhere between 7 and 8 million visitors a year, we asked customers, followers on social media and staff members about their favourite tourist spots in Barcelona. Here's what they suggested...
AREAS TO CHECK OUT AND HIGHLIGHTS TO SEE
Of all the responses we had, this was by far the most popular recommendation with the following descriptions:
- "It's stunning - like climbing into a surrealist movie, there's no other place like it!" - Naomi Black
- "Parc Güell. Always Parc Güell" - Gareth Frances
- "Parc Güell is amazing and a great spot for all ages and interests!" - Caleb Guzman
On a hill overlooking the great scenic sights of Barcelona, Gaudí's landscaping touch is felt all around, from the mosaic dragon/lizard guarding the entrance to the spired house he once resided in.
While it is no longer free to visit, a very small entrance fee along with a limit of how many visitors can enter every half-hour, means you'll get a relaxed opportunity to walk around and absorb its vibrant colour.
PLAÇA DELS ANGELS
Described as a "mecca for skateboarders" and a "concrete playground", this area is surrounded by curious buildings such as the white Museum Of Modern Art a.k.a "Museu de Arte Contemporani de Barcelona".
Amongst the many charming cafés, it's recommended that you visit the Fleca Els Angels bakery on the East corner for "great morning coffee from a real abuelita".
BARRIO GÓTICO - "THE GOTHIC QUARTER"
Another popular location that many recommended to us was Gótico, the centre of the old city of Barcelona which retains a "labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares".
With much of the quarter closed to traffic, this is a dream discovery for walkers and lovers of ancient buildings. From portions of the Roman Wall to the 2,000 year-old foundations under the City History museum, there is a wealth of hotspots to see.
Feticket's Rémi Martinho picked out this area as a great place to relax: "It has a nice surfhouse vibe to it with lots of bars and small restaurants facing the beach, it's nice for the daytime and also one of the best places to start before your night out".
Of all the bars and restaurants to enjoy under the sun and by the sea, Time Out recommends Santa Marta, Negro Carbón, La Mar Salada, Can Colé and El Suduet de l'Almirall for food, and Absenta, Zahra Cocktail Club, Station Barcelona and Bar Leo for drinks.
CLUBS TO CHECK OUT AND FESTIVALS TO GO TO
CLUBS & BARS:
Razzmatazz is one of the most famous nightclubs in the city, with 5 huge rooms offering a different theme and dedicated music genre, from rock all the way to electronic. This is a great destination for any eclectic friendship group.
For a completely different vibe Nevermind is one of the oldest alternative rock bars in Barcelona, with a mini skating ramp inside, the famous gig location Apollo, and the club Apollo 2 in the basement.
If you fancy a nice bar, check out the breweries of L'Overlla Negra. One of them is in a small cave in Gótico, providing quite the drinking experience.
Vida: Inviting you into its magical woodland for a weekend of colourful rock & pop, art & film, Vida will be reverberating to the sounds of Primal Scream, The War on Drugs and Father John Misty.
Primavera Sound: A global indie giant, Primavera Sound brings the hottest artists on the scene to literally one of the hottest beaches in Europe, and shall be adding The Black Keys, Ride and alt-J to its Wall of Fame in 2015.
Sónar Barcelona: Taking over the city for a week of rooftop, bar and beach parties, Sonar and it's "Off-Sonar" events have become Barcelona legend, meaning the festival has become a dance pilgrimage to any electronic music fan.
- "Tablao de Carmen in Poble Espanyol for dinner and a flamenco show" - Kay Miles
- "Barcelona is full of great places to visit: Sagrada familia, La Catedral, El Mercat de la Boqueria, El Mercat de Santa Caterina, Les Rambles, Museo Picasso, Piromusical a Montjuich, Macba, Mnac...My favourite spot in Barcelona is a tiny square called: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri" - Xavier Fuentes
- "San Antonio market is a MUST but avoid on the weekend, and during your stay you HAVE to try to get to a football game, with FC Barcelona owned by it's supporters, tickets are cheap and a football game really is the heart of the city". - Remi Martihno
- "I'd also recommend checking out the beautiful experience of the water, music and light show at The Font de Monuic fountain, as well as Placa de Espana which is full of great eateries, shops and an old bull fighting arena which has been turned into a mall" - Caleb Guzman
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