Making the Most out of a Weekend in Barcelona
There is no shortage of things to do when visiting such a dynamic city like Barcelona. Everyone knows to hit the beach, tour Gaudí architecture, and get a load of the nightlife. However, here are a few tips to get more out of your experience.
- La Boqueria – food is one of the highlights of any travel experience, and this place is one of the food highlights of Barcelona. It’s a local favorite where fresh seafood is cooked right in front of you, Iberico ham is shaved for tasting, and endless fruits and vegetables, all in a very “tapas friendly” environment.
- The metro – get a Barcelona Travel Card and use the metro to quickly and easily get to places around town.
- Bike tours – Barcelona is a very spread out city, and the bike is one of the best ways to see a lot of it in a short time. The city is very bike friendly. Take a tour with an experienced local guide, or just rent a bike and wander through the alleyways in the heart of the city.
- 4 Gatos – this local gem is where artists like Picasso used to hang out before they got all their Twitter followers. It feels vintage and authentic, like strolling into history. Oh, and the food is great, too.
- The W Hotel – standing lonesome and majestic at the tip of the Barcelona beach, its top floor bar brings a beautiful night scene of the city. €20 beverages optional.
- Freixenet – if you have time to venture out for a short excursion, the Freixenet vineyard tour shows you a vast network of underground caverns where it’s optimum temperature and humidity to store up to 150 MILLION bottles of sparkling wine. They are also known for their award-winning TV commercials.
- Palau de la Música Catalana – everyone will go to see the Gaudí buildings in
Barcelona, but holding its own and easily missed amongst all that outstanding architecture is this magnificent building that showcases several aspects of Catalan culture. Concert tickets can be found for as low as€15 during the week.