A bustling, colorful metropolis with a laid-back Spanish flare, Barcelona is the hot spot for summer travel. Regardless if you’re looking to rest on the beach all day and party all night or sightsee until you can’t see anymore, this place was made for you (yes, YOU!) and here’s why:
Ok, let’s start with the obvious, this coastal city is home to some pretty impressive beaches—nine of them, in fact. Located in the Port Olimpic area, home to the 1992 summer Olympic Games, are almost 3 miles of sun, sand and seawater. Because Barcelona’s weather is arguably the most beautiful in the world, comfortable swimming temperatures begin as early as late-April. If open water isn’t your thing, you can still relax on the sand or walk, jog or bike along the beach on their clean pedestrian pathway.
The king of the Modernist movement, Antoni Gaudí’s, zany artwork can be found spread across the city. We aren’t talking about any 24”x36” regular, old canvas; we’re talking entire parks, cityscapes and giant, intricate cathedrals that put our American skyscrapers to shame. His most famous works include the (still unfinished) Sagrada Familia Cathedral and Park Guell. Roam around Park Guell and absorb incredible views of the ocean from its hilltop post amidst colorful tile work and Alice in Wonderland-esque structures.
Barcelona fare has mastered the art of taking tastebuds and making them their b****. From the freshest seafood plucked straight from the Mediterranean to cool olives or thinly-sliced cured meats served over little pieces of bread to snack on, Spanish foods leaves you full, but not in a food coma. Wash it all down with super refreshing traditional favorites like fruity Sangria or sparkling cava. Pinkies up.
Verb: It’s what you do. Dig deep in your memory banks to One Saturday Morning commercials prompting you to, “Get outside!” This counter-intuitive message can aptly be achieved in Barca. With opportunities to rent bikes, explore any of the impressive outdoor landmarks and illustrious neighborhoods like Barri Gotic, Port Olimpic or Montjuic, or even strike up a game of ping pong at any neighborhood park, Barcelona is the place to be outside. Soak up the Vitamin D and do something.
Sandy and Danny from Grease said it best in their opening song when they exclaimed about “Those summer nights!” in their power stances on the bleachers. If they thought whatever American beach they met at was great, they are sorely missing out on the summer nights in Barcelona. Barcelona gives New York City a run for its money as the City that Never Sleeps. With night clubs that don’t come alive until 2:00AM and host world-renowned DJs to quaint cafes and bars that keep the tapas and drinks flowing until well past your normal bedtime, you can rage or you can tapas-and-chill. Both options make for a memorable evening.
Queue up some Calvin Harris and get to Barcelona; you know what’s good for your summer.