Easily one of the hottest destinations in Europe with its eateries, architecture, warm climate and accessible beach, Barcelona, Spain, has such must-see sights as the Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter and the The Park Güell. On top of this, the Catalonian city offers a vibrant atmosphere and the chance to enjoy an incredible range of dining experiences, as well as several other unique activities that will make your trip complete.
Parades, Music and Dancing: La Merce Festival
During La Merce festival, which takes place on September 24th, Barcelona feels like one giant street party. There are hundreds of exciting events and free concerts across Barcelona’s streets, parks and plazas. The festival honours the city’s patron saint, the Virgin de la Merce, and the celebrations include parades of giants, music, fireworks, passionate displays of street theatre, human towers and more than a little drinking. The La Merce festival is, without doubt, the main event of Barcelona’s festival calendar and when the city comes alive like this, the energy is irresistible.
Oasis of Tranquility: Parc del Laberint D’Horta
The Parc del Laberint D’Horta is an historical garden that lies a world away from the tourist trails and offers a bit of culture and tranquillity. The garden is divided into two parts, Romantic and Neoclassical, with many fine sculptures, pavilions, gazebos, fountains and temples around the grounds. You can visit the labyrinth, after which the park is named, on the lower terrace, but once you enter you might not want to leave!
Charming Barcelona: LaTramvia Blau
La Tramvia Blau, with its bright blue colour and vintage looks, is one of the most charming ways to get around Barcelona. The tram service started running over 100 years ago and still takes tourists and locals up to the funicular railway at the foot of Tibidabo Mountain. The route crosses some of the mountain’s most beautiful spots and has a total length of 1,276 metres. What a way to travel in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.