Spain, the exotic country of the European region – passionate, vibrant, friendly and world-famous fiesta lifestyle yet still encapsulating Europe’s history.
Famous not only for the grand architecture in it’s cities but also it’s wildly awesome cave and cliff walks along the coast.
Culinary experiences are a part of the culture, experiment, enjoy and mingle in the daily life that is, Spain.
La Sagrada Familia
Perhaps the symbol for Barcelona, known for its one-of-a-kind, mind-blowingly stunning design, is La Sagrada Familia. They only allow a certain number of guests each day and in peak season they fill up so book your tickets in advance if you can.
The Picasso Museum
This museum highlights the intimate relationship Picasso had with Barcelona, where he lived while he did his apprenticeship. The museum itself is located down a windy alleyway and has its own romantic Spanish vibe. It provides insight into the life of Picasso, showcasing his early works, which are quite different from his later life. http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/
This is perhaps the best private residence design by Gaudi. The exterior and interior are uniquely Gaudi, with undulating shapes, colors, stained glass and more. There is an option for a augmented reality audio tour, which provide full views of what each of the rooms looked like 100+ years ago.
La Pedera takes its name from its resemblance to a quarry. Built between 1906 and 1912 by Gaudí, https://www.lapedrera.com/en/home
This magic light show transforms Barcelona’s fountain into a spectacle of colors. The show begins at 8pm and there are plenty of food vendors around.
Palau de la Musica Catalana
A dazzling concert hall styled in the Modernist design, this is a beautiful building that offers an array of programs as well as guided tours.
Museum of History Barcelona
This is a three-floor museum set in the Gothic palace called the Palau Padellas. It is this site that one of the biggest Roman settlements found in Europe, called Barcino, which Barcelona was called in the Roman times. The three floors provide insight into the history of Barcelona. http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museuhistoria/ca
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Built for the International Exposition in 1929, this museum is located at Montjuic in the Palau Nacional. It houses art from the medieval, Romanesque and modernism periods. http://www.museunacional.cat/en
St. Josep La Boqueria
This indoor market is situated near Las Ramblas. Farmers, fisherman, and the like prepare immaculate stalls full of tapas, fresh fruit, seafood, spices and pintxos, dotted with tapas bars throughout and restaurants around. If you can stand the crowds, you will be rewarded with a variety of vibrant colors, flavors and displays.
Labyrinth Park of Horta
This is a unique place to spend some time outside. There is a winding labyrinth made from the bushes within a well-manicured park. http://guia.barcelona.cat/es/detall/-parc-del-laberint-d-horta_92086011952.html
The Chocolate Museum
Calling all chocolate lovers! Located within the old convent of St. Augusti, the Chocolate Museum seeks to explain the deep history between chocolate and Barcelona as well as offers plenty of classes and tastings. In the 18th Century, the Bourbon army fed chocolate to its guards and cadets and in the 19th Century Barcelona hosted what is thought to be the first workshop about turning the chocolate drink into a food. http://www.museuxocolata.cat/?lang=en