6 Tips to Capture the Spirit of Barcelona

Barcelona is in eastern Spain, on the shores of the Mediterranean. Just lying on the beach here and soaking up the rays is a pleasant enough way to spend a vacation, but there’s a lot more to the city, too. Barcelona is a busy port, with colorful streets, fresh seafood, and lively nightlife.

If you want to explore the city and its culture, here are some fun ways to experience different aspects of life in the city. Ready to discover the spirit of Barcelona? Check out these tips.

Stroll down La Rambla

La Rambla is one of the most famous streets in Spain, and a great place to spend an afternoon walking around. You’ll find it bustling with activity, day or night. There are street musicians, human statues, artistic caricaturists and bustling stalls full of bright bouquets and chattering parakeets.

When you’re ready for a rest, relax at a sidewalk cafe and watch the world go by. Nearby Placa Reial is a good choice for restaurants and nightclubs.

Marvel at Gaudi’s architecture

When you’re visiting Barcelona, you must discover Gaudi’s other-worldly architecture. It’s an important part of the city’s character, and an enduring symbol of the city.

Gaudi’s enormous unfinished masterpiece, the church La Sagrada Familia, was begun in 1882. That’s right, 130 years ago, and it’s still in progress, with 8 of the planned 12 spires piercing the Barcelona skyline. You can also check out Park Guell, home to the famous mosaic lizard, as well as other striking sculptures and a magnificent view.

Take a yacht charter

What could be better than sitting on a yacht, cruising past coastal views, with the sun beaming down and a cold drink in your hand?

A yacht charter is a fun (and luxurious) way to explore the seafaring side of Barcelona, while imagining the lifestyles of the rich and famous. You can get a yacht charter and take to the seas for either a half day or a full day.

Visit the Museu Picasso

The 20th-century’s most acclaimed artist is celebrated at this museum, which presents a huge range of Picasso’s artwork. The museum highlights his formative years (he live in Barcelona when young), and boasts the largest selection of the artist’s early works.

Even at the tender age of ten, Picasso was already revealing artistic tendencies. Take a stroll through this medieval palace complex, where you can enjoy Picasso’s works alongside leafy courtyards.

Learn about Spanish cooking

What better way to learn about Spanish culture than to discover some of its culinary secrets? In a cooking class, you can learn from an expert chef how to prepare some of Spain’s most famous dishes, including tapas, gazpacho, sangria, and paella. Best of all, once you’ve finished cooking, you can sit down and enjoy a magnificent feast!

And if you’re seriously not the cooking type? Then you can always enjoy Spanish specialties prepared by the professionals at one of Barcelona’s fine restaurants, instead.

Do some salsa dancing

You can end a perfect day by dancing the night away at one of Barcelona’s night spots. If you’re new to Latin music and want to learn how to do it right, then why not take a salsa dancing class while you’re here?

This is a great way to learn something new that will make your vacation even more fun. An expert instructor will teach you how to twirl, twist and shake your hips like a pro. You’ll soon feel those Latin rhythms moving you – part of the spirit of Barcelona.

This is a guest post written by Genevieve from hen party organisers GoHen. Visit their website to book your Barcelona hen party.

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