Around Barcelona, amid arts and entertainment

If there is a destination that can be defined as dynamic, it's the city of Barcelona. Here, all year round, there are all kinds of celebrations and festivals to be enjoyed and the Catalan city stands out as an ideal tourist destination. With so much to be enjoyed, from architecture to food, music and fashion, to the hospitality of its people.

Sagrada Familia - photo by flickr user Chris Yunker

Sagrada Familia - photo by flickr user Chris Yunker

If you have a few days to spend in Barcelona, ​​keep in mind that the city is equally lively day and night, and it would be impossible to list all the possible attractions. As for night-life, the city offers everything and anything: bars, restaurants and nightclubs. During the day, you can tour the city starting with the discovery of Barcelona's architectural wonders, the Catalan Modernism of which Antoni Gaudí is one of the prominent exponents. Take in the Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, just to mention some of the works of Gaudi. Barcelona remains testimony to the genius of other well-known modernist architects, such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch - he designed the ancient Fàbrica Casaramona, today the cultural center CaixaForum, at the foot of Montjuïc - or Gaudi's own rival, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, who designed the Palau de la Música Catalana.

Palau de la Música Catalana - photo by flickr user MARIA ROSA FERRE

Palau de la Música Catalana - photo by flickr user MARIA ROSA FERRE

Of course a trip to Barcelona can't be limited only to its architecture. So a ride to Montserrat, to visit the Royal Basilica to admire the works of Picasso and Dali, is a must as is a visit to the Montjuïc hill, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Views can also be enjoyed from the Ferris wheel of the Tibidabo, the oldest amusement park in Spain and in Europe second only to the Prater of Vienna. But the character of the town is really appreciated by visiting Barcelona's Parallel Avenue, where already one hundred years ago people lined up in front of the many recreation and leisure facilities, or the historic site of the Coctelería Boadas, near the Rambla, founded in 1933 and recognized as the oldest in the city.

Tibidabo - photo by flickr user Adriano Amalfi

Tibidabo - photo by flickr user Adriano Amalfi

And if you want to relax a while on the beach, Barceloneta is waiting for you, as well as the coastal town of Sitges, 35 Km from Barcelona, ​​and one of the most popular destinations for gay travelers, with a full calendar of events.

Barceloneta - photo by flickr user Ronny Siegel

Barceloneta - photo by flickr user Ronny Siegel

In short, the tourist is spoiled for choice when exploring the Catalan city. Here are our choice picks for you to explore the city: you can opt for public transport, for a segway tour or a bike excursion complete with a visit of the best tapas bars. Whatever way, the result is still assured, and that is a great day around Barcelona.

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