Barcelona – The European City that Never Sleeps
Barcelona has a unique set of features that make it a distinguishable city. It is a culture hub packed with creativity, exceptional food and architecture that you don’t come across very often in the rest of Europe. If you’ve never been to Barcelona, this article might be enough to have you booking tickets and packing your bags!
Each region in Spain has its own traditions and cultural traits. Catalans are no exception and are very proud of their heritage. They have their own language which has led to the creation of literature, art, traditions, movies, theatre plays, music and poetry, amongst many others. If you happen to be there in September you will also have the unique opportunity of enjoying one of the most popular festivals, Festes de la Mercè. It first kicked off as a religious parade and has since evolved into a full-fledged celebration of Catalan culture. It takes place on the 24th September each year.
Whilst in Barcelona you would do well to visit one of the longest and most famous streets in Europe which boasts shops, trees, coffee shops and the most famous traditional market in the city, where you can taste genuine and authentic food. We are speaking, of course, about Las Ramblas. But it is not advisable to stroll the same street after one o’ clock in the morning. The street turns into a red light district where prostitution and drugs are sold with no inhibitions.
The nightlife is amazing, one of the best in the world in fact, with clubs such as Opium, Shoko, Pacha and Catwalk that stay open all night till 6 am.
The Tapas and paella are to die for! They are based around the idea of serving food in small portions which work pleasantly on your taste buds. A definite treat!
Barcelona is also renowned for its music with a number of world popular live concerts such as Razzmatazz and Apolo. The Gran Teatre del Liceu is marvellous and not that expensive. Barcelona is also home to one of the best football teams in the world. A trip to their famous football ground, the Camp Nou should also be on your bucket list. It is the largest stadium in Europe with a capacity nearing 100,000 people. With a tour of the FC Barcelona museum, you will see their trophies, original football shirts and memorabilia.
If you are interested in art, then you must certainly visit the MACBA. It is Barcelona’s cutting-edge contemporary art museum and one of the most respected in the world. You should also make the most of opportunities to explore different galleries of both emerging and established Spanish artists.
So with all these avenues for enjoyment, what are you waiting for? Barcelona awaits!