Legend has it that Barcelona was founded by none other than the demigod Heracles himself. If you take a look at monumental buildings such as La Sagrada Familia or the Cathedral of Barcelona, one could actually believe that superhuman powers did the work. Whether it’s true or not, it’s best to see for yourself when visiting the Catalan capital. So, join us on a discovery tour that appeals to all senses with tapas, art and the sea.
Among connoisseurs, Barcelona is also known as the "Manchester of the Mediterranean". And that is not so far-fetched, because the Catalan capital emanates the unique charm of a young culturally booming industrial metropolis similar to the British one. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the best place to start a city trip is at the old harbour, where you can let the sea breeze blow your ears while admiring the view over the Barceloneta beach. Afterwards, you can step in the Aerial Tramway "Teleférico del Puerto Barcelona" and enjoy the panorama. Once you arrive to the top of the “Montjuïc” mountain, you can visit the old Olympic Stadium, take a breath of fresh air on the legendary “Montjuïc circuit” and explore the mighty walls of the Montjuïc Castle, which tells a touching story through an exhibition.
For centuries, this fort has played a key role in the defence of Barcelona, and it is still a real hotspot thanks to its impressive walls and stunning 360-degree views. Many attractions await you at the foot of the local mountain. These include the architectural masterpiece "Hospital de Sant Pau" with 48 pavilions, the Picasso Museum and L'Aquarium, considered Europe's largest museum of oceanography in the Mediterranean.
A visit to Barcelona will surely be a blast for art lovers. After all, the second largest city in Spain is the place where the world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí built most of his world-famous works, which have since become synonymous to Barcelona. The absolute highlight is undoubtedly the cathedral "La Sagrada Familia" with its cone-shaped towers and their light-filled interior. Fresh, happy and free Gaudí mostly worked without a blueprint. He used to mix styles and materials so skillfully that his bizarre buildings are simply an evidence of his genius. Fun Fact: Even over 130 years after the sod-turning ceremony, the cathedral is still under construction.
In addition to the landmark of Barcelona, also not to be missed is a walk-through Park Güell, designed by Gaudí, which provides more than enough material for countless Instagram stories. The trip is completed with a visit to what are arguably the most famous residential buildings in Barcelona, Casa Milà and Casa Batllò, which seem to have sprung from a modernist painting.
That today Barcelona is an attractive destination for water rats is thanks to the city administration. On the occasion of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games these large parts of the mature industrial areas were levelled down to the sea level and turned the area into an endless sandy beach. The result is, among other things, the Barceloneta Beach, from where you can join the 4-hour German-speaking culture triathlon.
For those who prefer a bit more tranquillity to stretch their legs in the sand after sightseeing, smaller beaches such as Playa Bogatell, Playa de Sant Miquel or Playa de la Nova Mar Bella are just the right places. A true insider’s tip for celebrity fans is the Playa de Somorrosto near the marina, which promises exclusive beach flair with its bars and also attracts one or two international VIPs.
Tapas, taverns and bodegas
A day at the beach makes you hungry. Therefore it´s good that beaches aren´t far away from the old town, where you will find numerous rustic tapa bars, taverns and bodegas in the picturesque alleys, and be greeted by the scent of Catalan specialties. A real tapas evening with anchovies in vinegar (boquerones), Manchego cheese, fried potatoes with spicy sauce (patatas bravas) and sautéed shrimp meat skewers is part of every Barcelona holiday, as well as a cool "Moritz" that is brewed just in front the Gates of the city.
While the tapas are more of a snack for a sociable evening with friends, you can dine in quaint pubs like the "Origen's 99.9%" or the "Botafumeiro" on the Gran de Gràcia. Specialties such as the maritime paella, the Catalan cannelloni (canelones a la catalana) and the grilled chicken with plums and raisins (pollo asado) leave nothing to be desired. Tip: In the Chocolate Museum, you can dive into the world of cocoa beans with an edible ticket.
Nightlife from hip to classic
Do you still have energy at the end of the day? Then it's time to visit the legendary nightlife of Barcelona and give your holiday a fitting conclusion. The number one point of reference is undoubtedly the "Opium Barcelona". Whether David Guetta, Tiesto or the Black Eyed Peas, one of them will make your crazy night unforgettable.
A similarly legendary status enjoys the "Pacha Barcelona", which sets every night on different music styles and also has a beach club with an excellent cocktail bar. Those who like something more traditional can spend the night with Latin music in the "Mojito Barcelona Club" for a hot salsa night. If you visit a flamenco show at the end of the tour, you will feel the roots and soul of Barcelona in passionate music and devotional dance, and maybe even daydream about it on your return trip.