Gràcia is a trendy and traditional area of Barcelona busy with artists and a variety of cultures. It's unsurprising therefore, that this area is lined with wall art and interesting bars and restaurants and is one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Its annual street festival; Festa Major de Gràcia, spans a week every August and sees the streets of Gràcia filled with decorations, live music and entertainment, Spanish food and drinks and is a fabulous way to immerse yourself into authentic Barcelona culture as well as getting some great insta's!
I'll admit that when it comes to city breaks I have everything from sight-seeing to hotels, public transport and airport transfers planned, to the point where I often have itineraries outlining what each day will entail. However, when it comes to food and drink this is the one aspect of a break I leave until we are at our destination, often depending on our mood, what cuisine we fancy and where we are that day. I also think that other than TripAdvisor and people's personal recommendations, it's hard to find restaurants that are really great without costing an arm and a leg. And of course everyone wants something different from their dining experiences; sometimes I don't mind a cheap tapas lunch with €2 Estrella, other times I want a three course meal that will cost me extra. In Barcelona we tried a variety of restaurants, so here I've described most of the bars and restaurants we visited, for anyone looking for places to try while in the city.
It really seems as though Barcelona has something for everyone, whether you're a history buff, an architect fanatic or just really love paella, this city has so much to do it can be difficult to narrow down which sights are really worth it when you have limited time in the city. Although we didn't visit EVERYWHERE in Barcelona we did make the most of our 5 days in the city, so here is a list of the best sights that are really worth hype, how to make the most of them and which attractions you shouldn't waste your time on.
Barcelona has 9 beaches, totalling in around 5 kilometers of sandy paradise, however these are saturated with tourists, vendors selling fake goods and 'salesmen' endlessly roaming the beaches shouting "SANGRIA, MOJITOS" in the hope you'll buy their €5 lemonade. Although each beach differs slightly, here are a few basic tips which will save you some money and keep your belongings safe in this busy tourist attraction.
Barcelona is the perfect city break. A wonderful balance of tourist attractions, glorious architecture and miles of sandy beaches lined with beach bars and tasty tapas spots. Coloured with a passionate fight for its independence, Barcelona is part of Catalonia, a wealthy and productive region of North Spain, and their celebration of their roots is evident throughout the city. And whilst Barcelona is a glittering cosmopolitan city of culture and history, it is not in-fact the capital of Spain (Madrid in case you were wondering), so why visit Barcelona instead?