48 Hours in Barcelona

48 Hours in Barcelona


Posted 2017-03-11 by Peter Lynchfollow
With the sun setting in the evening, there is nowhere else anyone would rather be than stunning Barcelona.

As the cloudless, bright blue sky gracefully announces itself in the morning, a quick gulp of coffee from one of many quaint cafés allows a slow awakening in this sleepy city.

Shortly after however, the streets awaken and there is action everywhere the eye can see. La Rambla sets the tone for the dynamic area, stretching 1.2km of the vast region of Barcelona. This historic street lines the city centre, with varying events going on all around.

The city is perfectly sized to venture on foot, allowing moments of stand still as the other busy locals and tourists rush past. Travelling on foot rewards tourists aiming for an individual perspective of such a mesmerising place, however bicycles are another option as soon as the sun reaches an optimal and overbearing temperature.

For music lovers, countless renowned venues await, with the golden lined Gran Teatre del Liceu and The Palau de la Música Catalana just impressive spots among a rich list of others. Live music venues include the Razzmatazz and Apolo, while L'Auditori boasts a 2,400 venue offering classical, jazz and world music performances. Street performers can also be found in every corner of the intricately lined streets, providing the ever-needed alternative music scene.

The modernist architecture expands itself throughout each and every turn of Barcelona, where the works of Antoni Gaudí are of specific interest. The magnificent works of the locally-born Gaudi represent the Spanish interpretation of art itself, with the Sagrada Família and Park Güell particularly noteworthy sites of intrigue.

Picasso's work is also in large demand, and the museum of the renowned painter offers insights into both his tremendous displays and also his unique way of life.

The beach and the harbour offer a much more serene and peaceful time away from the city centre's business, with the Mediterranean lying dormant as the sun beats down on its clear blue water. Other locations sitting outside the city centre include the vast neighbourhoods, presenting numerous quiet yet quality restaurants and shops.

This traditional and spectacular city offers everything, especially an incomparable cold, refreshing alcoholic drink by the beach for those requiring the utmost relaxation.

The Camp Nou, home of Barcelona Football Club, attracts millions of visitors each year in itself. The club's museum provides the glorified history of this unique team, with the 99,354 seater stadium evident of the global following and adoration they hold.

The city once again comes alive during the evening, with the sunset bringing out numbers in their thousands. Many travel outside into the streets for the beauty held in the sunset itself, however, more importantly, the eating and drinking can commence.

The infinite restaurants and bars line the streets up and down, with home-grown wine and seafood dominating the menus. Tapas bars are unsurprisingly ubiquitous in both the heart and outskirts of the city, evident of the local admiration for exquisite tastes and smells.

Whether it is a stroll through the Gothic quarter that is extremely appealing, or simply the indulgence of inexpensive wine and top-class tapas bars, Barcelona provides a limitless range of activities for even the most individualistic of people.

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