Spain is located in southwestern Europe and shares borders with France and Portugal. South, it is separated from Morocco by the Gibraltar Strait. Composed of 17 autonomous regions, each with different geography and culture, it’s a country that makes you want to discover it. Barcelona and Costa Brava are perhaps the most popular regions with amazing things to see and activities to do.
Barcelona and its treasures
Barcelona is located in the north-eastern part of the country. It is the administrative and economic capital of the country. In terms of population, economy, and activities, it ranks second. However, Barcelona is much more than that; if you visit it, you can say that you’ve visited the whole country.
It’s a cathedral that all art lovers should visit at least once in their life. Designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, this architectural masterpiece is amazing and stands out from all the other buildings in its surroundings. It is said to be one of Europe’s most unconventional basilicas and the most famous sight in Barcelona.
The basilica has contrasting facades with details (sculpture and stained glass) that seem to have been considered very carefully. Though it has been under construction for over 100 years, it is being refined to make it more beautiful and attractive. With over 3 million visitors each year, refining it is great idea.
Like in every other popular city in the world, Barcelona has a famous street on which tourists like to take a walk. Well, it’s La Rambla, a 1,2-kilometer boulevard that starts at Placa de Catalunya and ends at the seafront, near the statue of Christopher Columbus. La Rambla is dressed by cafes, shops, the famous food market La Boqueria, and many more.
Pablo Picasso museum
It doesn’t matter how long you’re staying in Barcelona, you can’t leave without visiting the Pablo Picasso Museum. It was founded in 1963 and contains the city’s collection of about 4000 works by the artist. A visit there will let you understand how the city has played an important role in Picasso’s life.
In the past, this space was a military citadel; today, it is a beautiful 17-hectare park where citizens can have a relaxing moment away from the crowded spots. This green space located in the center of the city is a great place to have a picnic and admire its decor. The park is so peaceful that some yoga groups come there to do their exercises and meditate.
Palau de Musica Catalana
If you love to attend musical events, you should visit this building. Palau de Musica Catalana is a music hall dating from the 19th century. Designed by Lluis Domenech I Montaner, a Catalan architect, this masterpiece is truly a jewel. Its exterior is enhanced by columns and mosaic work; as for the inside, a stained-glass ceiling dominates finely the auditorium.
Able to seat approximately 2200 people, this building is the only one in Europe to be illuminated by natural light during daylight. Offering a great acoustic, attending an opera there is undoubtedly magical. The citizens of Barcelona are very proud of this outstanding building.
Arc de Triomf
Just like its «cousin» in France, Arc de Triomf is an architectural structure. It was designed by Josep Viladeca I Casanovas. It was constructed for a specific purpose: it was the main gate that gave access to the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition.
It’s considered the city’s main artery and the site where several cultural fairs (markets, parades, …) take place. Even if you’re in the city for one day, try to not miss it.
No matter how you pronounce it, the name sounds charming and inviting. Well, it is! Montjuic is a hill dominating the ancient town and Barcelona’s Old Port. However, it is first a district where many beautiful buildings are found. Let’s mention that many of the events of the 1992 Olympic Games were held at Montjuic.
The hill is the best place in Barcelona to have a breathtaking view of the city, no matter in which direction you look. There are also several activities to be done, including the Teleferic of Montjuic, bike tours, strolls, and many more.
Costa Brava is another beautiful region of Spain; its capital, Girona is a great place not only to visit but to also do many water activities. Whether it is scuba diving, snorkeling or kayaking, you’ll have a great time at Costa Brava. But beyond the activities, there are some great sites to see too.
If you get the chance to visit Girona while in Costa Brava, discover some of its multiple sites that make it popular. Cap Roig Botanical Gardens, Vila Vella Old Town,Salvador Dali Theatre & Museum, Tossa Del Mar are among the places that you shouldn’t miss. Furthermore, if like many people, you love seafood, it’s one more reason to go there, because people say it’s perhaps the best place in Spain to eat seafood.
This piece of beauty is one of the most outstanding beaches in Spain; it is located in the fishing district that bears the same name. Extremely popular, citizens and tourists abound almost year-round. Some of them like to come to eat fish and seafood dishes and tapas. Enhanced by turquoise waters and brown sand, Barceloneta Beach is a must.
There are countless activities that visitors can do, including beach volleyball, beach tennis, table tennis, and many more. There is even a gymnastic area, changing rooms for those who want to put on their bathing suit before swimming. There is also a service of amphibian wheelchair rental for people with reduced mobility.