An #EpicSpain Road Trip: Barcelona
The perfect grand finale to your Spain road trip up the eastern Mediterranean Coast is Barcelona. Surrounded by innovative design and beautiful beaches, the city shines bright as a hub for locals and travellers alike to relax and indulge. At this point, you can ditch the car, enjoy time there and bid farewell to Spain on your flight home.
Barcelona is famous for many things, but the legacy left by architect Antonio Gaudi is one of the most visually stunning. From the massive Sagrada Familia cathedral to the sprawling Parc Guell, his eccentric and unforgettable mark has been left throughout the city. Definitely visit the cathedral to be introduced to Gaudi’s work, but then venture to other parts of Barcelona to see smaller, more intimate examples. Casa Batllo was a private home designed by Gaudi, which is now open to the public. Step inside to admire blue-tiled elevators, bumpy ceilings and free-flowing furniture that all gives the home a natural, yet otherworldly look. The similar La Pedrera apartment complex has a curvy exterior to see just off the main avenue. Don’t miss the parks as well, especially the climb to the top of Parc Guell for beautiful views and colourful mosaic-tiled sitting areas.
Inside and Outside
It doesn’t get much better than a city right on the sea. You can see Barcelona’s best urban hotspots, then spend the rest of the day sun worshipping on the sand. The closest is Barceloneta for some beach-going fun, but it can get crowded on good weather days. This is the place to people watch too, as tons of artists, young people and souvenir sellers frequent these shores. About a 15-minute walk from the nearest Metro station is Bogatell Beach, which is slightly more secluded and calmer. Just north and south of Barcelona in less than an hour by train are plenty of other options, including Garraf and Caldetes.
Food and Drink for Everyone
It’s easy to simply wander through the streets of Barcelona and come across endless options for delicious dining. Immerse yourself in the Catalan culture by sitting at an outdoor café to sip wine, coffee and snack on some tasty tapas. Feel free to peruse the giant marketplaces to nibble on local produce and cured meats, especially at Sant Antoni on Ronda Sant Pau Monday through Saturday.
Book ahead and try Agut in the Gothic district for a truly authentic experience. Many other restaurants like L’Havana and Can Culleretes have been around for centuries. Keep an eye out for specialities of cuttlefish meatballs, baked cod and pork stews. If you fancy something outside the regular Spanish or Catalan affair, there are tons of Asian, French and Italian eateries too, including the luxe Yashima Japanese restaurant in the Les Corts neighbourhood.
Indulge the culture, enjoy the warm weather and have a blast exploring the wild city of Barcelona to conclude your #EpicSpain road trip!