A certain pop star once lost her heart in Havana, but after 12 hours in this storybook setting, you’ll be pining for your cor in Catalonia. From sparkling Mediterranean beaches and brightly-colored Art Nouveau architecture to medieval alleyways and Gothic castles, Barcelona unveils new wonders at every turn.
The best way to see it all is to start at the outskirts and work your way in. If you come in from the airport, take the R2N to Barcelona Sants. If you haven’t already, find luggage storage in Barcelona with Stasher then hop on the Green line to visit Camp Nou or Parc Güell, or the Blue line to head straight for La Sagrada Familia.
- Eixample: Making your way southwest, check out exclusive shopping & dining options, modernista architecture and a vibrant LGBT+ district at the southern end of l’Antiga Esquerra
- Plaça Catalunya: Sculpture-rich square with frequent fiestas at the city’s center and the dividing line between modern Barcelona and the “Old City” or Ciutat Vella.
- Gothic Quarter: Feast your eyes on a Roman mural, La Catedral de Barcelona, and the Ancient Synagogue dating from at least the 4th century.
The Ciutat Vella is pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to cross from the Gothic Quarter to Las Ramblas shopping streets to the bohemian El Raval Barrio without worrying about metro schedules and crosswalks. Grab some wine and tapas to wind down with the sunset at Barceloneta Beach or one of the mountaintop parks in Montjuic.
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