Barcelona is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to go on holiday. Don’t get stuck on the idea that there is not more to experience here than the paella (its most popular dish) and the famous promenade called la Rambla. With its incredible architecture, beaches, nightlife and shops, the city has literally everything to offer. Let us uncover some of the hidden gems and discover the true beauty of the Catalonian capital.
Two of the lesser known yet most beautiful landmarks in the city are the Palau Güell and the Santa Maria del Mar. These exemplify the architectural wonders of Barcelona. Palau Güell is an incredible palace built in 1890 with amazing wood, stained glass, and marble designs. It is off the normal path of Gaudi architecture and will truly blow you away. The Santa Maria del Mar personifies the Gothic architecture of the medieval city. The church, built from 1329 to 1384, is a magisterial piece of work with dramatic columns and a vast airy roof. Try to see one of the concerts held here at night to experience the Gothic cathedral in all its glory.
Barcelona is known for its amazing nightlife, but it is great to get away from the tourist haven of la Rambla to really get a feel for the local culture. If you want to give your evening a special touch, you can avail yourself on a luxury car rental in order to explore Barcelona’s nightlife from a totally different perspective. Be sure to check out even the Boadas Cocktail Bar. This old bar is one of Europe’s finest and is located in Raval. Here you will find many locals and a great atmosphere to enjoy with some sangria. Then there is Café Vienés, an art nouveau masterpiece of architecture with an amazing view of the sea as well as a great bar. Come here to revel in the early 20th century Barcelona atmosphere and enjoy amazing jazz music for an unforgettable evening. When it comes to clubs, choose for example Danzatoria, Moog or Mirablau.
Of course, Barcelona has also great shopping spots and boutiques for the modern traveller. Be sure to check out Spain’s national department store El Corte Inglés to find everything from amazing designers to delicious food. The city has its own unique style for clothing and you can shop for some of these at stores such as Lupo, La Manual Alpargatera, and No Te Nom. You will find styles from the chic to the funky at these stores, some of which are frequented by celebrities.