Five things to do in the city of Barcelona
It goes without saying that Barcelona is one of Spain’s most iconic cities, offering a wealth of things to see, do and enjoy. Situated in the north-eastern region of Catalonia, the city is also ideally positioned on the Mediterranean, making it also an ideal place in which to soak up the sun.
On the 25th March, Pullmantur’s Sovereign will relocate to the Mediterranean for the spring, summer and autumn seasons and will operate seven-night cruises around the region. The Breezes of the Mediterranean itinerary will enable you to visit Barcelona and enjoy everything this mesmerising city has to offer. This week, we take a look at five things you should definitely experience during your time in the Catalonian capital.
Visit Park Güell
The famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi, left a significant mark on the city of Barcelona in the form Park Güell. Opened in 1926, this public park is made up of a series of gardens which are home to many colourful decorations. Mosaic-covered buildings, statues, animal sculptures and much more can be discovered within the park as well as many art nouveau buildings.
See the Sagrada Familia
Antoni Gaudi also left his mark on Barcelona in a religious sense with the enormous La Sagrada Familia. This famous basilica has gained UNESCO World Heritage status and was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 despite being incomplete. Construction on this intricately-designed building began and it really does have to be seen to be believed.
Relax on the many beaches
If you would rather relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun, you will be glad to know that Barcelona is home to a plethora of golden beaches. Situated on the fringe of the city centre, there are more than nine beaches to enjoy, with the most notable including Barceloneta and San Sebastia. In fact, these beaches are so renowned that National Geographic has deemed them to be among the best in the world.
Taste delicious tapas
Although not originally from Catalonia, Barcelona offers a wide range of both tapas and Basque-style pintxos for you to enjoy. Both are perfect for a light snack and can be discovered in almost every bar you stumble in. They make the perfect accompaniment for an ice-cool beer on a warm summer’s day.
Ride the Harbour Cable Car
Connecting Montjuic with Barceloneta, the harbour cable car offers a traditional way to see the 1,450 metre-long harbour. Originally built in 1929, the red carriages that carry people above the city provide a short and enjoyable tour of this majestic city.
Barcelona is just one of the many fabulous destinations you will be able to visit on the Breezes of the Mediterranean itinerary. Over the course of seven nights, passengers will also be able to experience the French cities of Toulon and Villefranche and the Italian cities of Naples, Rome (via Civitavecchia), and Livorno.