Barcelona is one of those cities that must be included in a travel itinerary. In the summer, Barcelona becomes even more incredible (if such a thing is possible!)… So you must go there at least once in your life! Parties, museums, historic quarters, totally different architecture or even the beaches – the capital of Gaudí and the Ramblas will be lifelong memories.
If you’re going to Barcelona, you’ll definitely want to visit the main tourist sites, right?
Make sure you don’t miss the classics, whatever the time of year. One of these classics is the Sagrada Familia. Tickets to Gaudí’s masterpiece must be purchased in advance, as the cathedral is very popular.
We also suggest that you make a point of visiting La Pedrera and Casa Batló. Both designed by Gaudí, their avant-garde, innovative and colorful architecture is difficult to replicate, even a century after their creation.
To truly get into the spirit of Barcelona and discover its unique architecture, narrow streets and residents, you might also like to visit the Vila de Gràcia and the Gothic Quarter.
At the end of the day, enjoy watching the sunset at the incredible Park Güell. If you still have some free time left, don’t leave without having gone to the La Boqueria and the Mercat de Santa Caterina, markets, where you’ll find bars and restaurants, and will also be able to appreciate some beautiful architecture.
One of Barcelona’s must-dos is its nightlife! 😉 With its sizzling climate, a night out in Barcelona will certainly amaze you!
“Eclectic” is the best word to describe Barcelona’s after-dark scene. There are plenty of options for every preference and style.
If you like electronic music and dancing until dawn, we suggest the Ramazzmatzz or Opim Mar Barcelona clubs. On the other hand, if you prefer to fill your evenings with cultural programs, like watching a flamenco dance show, you can do so at the Tablao Cordobés or at the Palau Dalmáses. And, of course, you have the La Boqueria and the Mercat de Santa Caterina markets for an aperitif at the end of the day.
Nightlife really is central in Catalonia’s capital. A night out in the Gothic Quarter won’t disappoint you either! Always bustling with students, this quarter is a melting pot of attractions, such as bars, restaurants and clubs, but also lots of lively young people celebrating on the streets and enjoying the summer heat.
How could we possibly talk about summer and not mention the beaches?
The area’s most famous beach – which is also a great tourist site in itself – is Barceloneta. Lapped by the waters of the Mediterranean, this is the beach that is closest to the center of Barcelona, and it stays busy until nightfall. Barceloneta Beach is the place where sun lovers, sporty types and fans of outdoor activities all come together.
If you prefer a less touristy beach, Sant Sebastià is a great option and is very popular with the locals. And it’s fairly easy to get to – you just need to get on the L4 line of the underground (or “Metro” as it’s called in Barcelona)!
If what you really want are drinks al mare and a nice tan, you may want to go to Bogatell Beach. It’s a very peaceful beach, and possibly the best spot (according to the locals). Because it’s slightly further away, it isn’t as touristy. And that’s why it’s worth the effort it takes to get there.
We must also mention Nova Icària Beach, with its incredibly clear waters and good shower facilities, bathrooms and beach support. Nova Icària Beach is very easy to get to: you can either go on the underground or take a bus.
Barcelona is only an hour and 50 minutes away from Faro 🙂 so it’s easy to go there on a weekend away… You finish class at 1pm and, at 4pm, you’re on the Ramblas nibbling some tapas!
Whether in summer or at any other time of year, Barcelona is always a good option. If you live in the Algarve, the Alentejo or southern Spain, schedule your trip from Faro Airport.