If you want to experience one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by yourself — go at 6AM.
You can float in the Mediterranean Sea without really trying. No matter how far out you go, you can see your toes and the bottom of the ocean. And you can lay, right there on the surface of the entire ocean and watch the clouds pass by for hours — and we recommend that you do. Naturally, as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the beaches of Barcelona get crowded. Getting there before the crowds will offer you the opportunity to experience this iconic Mediterranean beach all to yourself.
Touring the city is easy.
A walking tour through Barcelona provides opportunities that a bus tour simply does not. Beginning in the center of the city, a walk down the famous street La Rambla passes by shops, restaurants and vendors. A tourist attraction in its own right, La Rambla is a wonderful introduction to the sights and effervescent culture of Barcelona. Walking through the city, you’ll inevitably pass architecture masterpieces such as the Casa Batllo, by Antoni Gaudi.
Seemingly on every corner there is another beautiful building that will stop you in your tracks. Wander northeast of the city center and you’ll encounter even more of what makes Barcelona one of the cities with the most character — La Sagrada Familia, another masterpiece by Gaudi that has been in the process of being built since 1882.
To the east of La Rambla lies the Gothic Quarter of the city.
In stark contrast with the more modernized areas of the city, entering into the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona seemingly takes you to a different time. Enter through a narrow side street off of La Rambla, and an other worldly feeling washes over you. Surrounded by a sea of towering gray walls and intricate carvings and statues, the Gothic Quarter is somewhat eerie. These labyrinthine narrow streets suddenly open up into squares with fountains and detailed building fronts. You will be struck with surprise that there are any people here in these cool, quiet walkways.
In the middle of the centuries-old architecture, there are people simply enjoying their daily lives — plopped down at street cafes.
This part of the city looks as if it should be sparse with people. It’s a far cry away from the bright liveliness of the heart of the city, just a few streets away. Upon further exploration, you’ll find the magnificent 13th century Gothic Barcelona Cathedral. You won’t have to look particularly hard to notice the intricate details on the exterior that include mythic gargoyles. This is a great location to sit on the steps and watch the charm of Barcelona dance by. This lively square is often filled with street performers as well as tourists and locals alike.
For many visitors, Barcelona has a certain quality that awakens the spirit. The sheer history, character, and picturesque beaches settled on the Mediterranean Sea — make Barcelona a must see!