City Guide: Barcelona

Explore your way around Barcelona with House of Coco’s city guide. A perfect place to relax, have fun and experience Spanish culture in the city that never sleeps.

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful places in the world with plenty of sight seeing and activities. It is the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. Famous for it’s wonderful art and architecture with an old cultural style to the city, but also a modern chic vibe down by the Port of Barcelona.

Sight Seeing:

There’s many famous land marks that appear on everyone’s bucket list including: Sagrada Familia, The Park Guell and Magic Fountain of Montjuic. These ancient buildings make Barcelona the cultural city it is.

The Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudi as a place of worship. Work began back in 1883 and still construction continues to this date. There’s tickets available, for 29 euros, to visit the top of the tall towers and take in the most amazing panoramic views standing out above all other buildings in the city.

Enjoy a picnic in the park surrounded by glorious gardens and colourful art at The Park Guell. It’s not your usual standard plain park it’s full of life, colour and flamboyant décor. It’s definitely something you wouldn’t want to miss whilst in Barcelona.  It’s open all year round until 9:30pm during peak season and there is a ticket fee at a low cost of 8.50 euros.

By night visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuic for a spectacular show of colourful lit up water fountains and music. Hundreds of people gather in big crowds each night from Wednesday – Sunday to watch the pretty water splash in different motions. It truly is magical.

Areas:

The Gothic Quarter represents the historic side to Barcelona, as it is located in the old city. It has many different parts including architecture, night life, shopping, restaurants and bars. The main attraction of this area is the huge cathedral that towers over the land scape. There’s plenty of peaceful squares to enjoy food and drink and also some very lively places especially around the Placa Reial area. Jamboree is a chic night club located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter with live Spanish music that later turns into a high end fun night club. There’s plenty of bars surrounding for pre drink or a chill out night. Most places have free entry!

Las Ramblas cuts through the heart of the city and is one of the main tourist attractions. It’s all hustle and bustle with lots going on including street performers and human statues of Barcelona’s famous footballers and white painters. Restaurants can be rather pricey down the Las Ramblas strip so why not take a walk around La Boqueria Food Market. It’s a huge busy place with so many different stores. It offers fresh fruit, seafood, tai noodles, potatoes on a stick and Spain’s very own paella – anything you fancy this food market will have.

Night life:

Brunch in the park is the perfect place for an all round good time in the sun with friends. Positive vibes and good energy only. Filled with top DJ’s and the best house music throughout the summer from July – September. The event takes place throughout the day until late at night at Jardins de Joan Brossa. The season opening commences 1 July with Paul Kalkbrenner and Agents of Time playing live sets. Ticket prices start from a reasonable price of 11 euros which is so cheap! Other legendary DJ’s set to play are Carl Cox and Marco Carola.

The Port of Barcelona is surrounded by modern sky scrapers, beach palm trees, out door restaurants, lively night clubs and sophisticated cocktail bars. One of the many famous clubs here is Pacha which has a very modern and classy feel to it decorated in white and marble to add class to the high end club. They hold different events every night from Monday – Saturday. It literally is the city that doesn’t sleep, non-stop partying and a place full of fun.

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