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There is plenty to explore in Barcelona, a city notorious for its relaxed pace of life. Things work on a slower timetable here, great for a walk about! Take your time, you have all day! (Literally, dinner often doesn’t start here until 10 or 11pm, and nightclubs usually don’t begin filling up until around 2am). There’s plenty to do and see, and in recent years, Barcelona has become quite the multicultural hotbed. The area is home to a high population of immigrants, which means not only interesting people, but amazing international food, and a rich collection of books, art, and shopping. Cafés (yum, churros and chocolate!), galleries and parks (with lots of famous street art) galore!
As the home of nine UNESCO World Heritage sites (seven of which were designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí) there are plenty destinations for you to check out on that slow ramble around the city. Take a Gaudí walking tour for tons of historical information as you visit the artist’s most famous sites. An afternoon of art history not your top priority? Creativity-buff or not, see at least one Gaudí site! Walk your way over to the Sagrada Familia, it’s jaw-dropping.
Another one of Barcelona’s most notable figures is Pablo Picasso. Heard of him? He spent 10 years living and working in Barcelona, and the city has many now-famous spots to show for it. Take a tour through the Bohemian Barcelona and see the alleys, shops, and cafes that Picasso himself once frequented. Maybe a ramble through the streets will help inspire your creative mind.
Also, the Pablo Picasso museum is a must-see for all art-lovers, and it has free entry on the first Sunday of every month. Just remember to go early!
Don’t forget to rest your (now) tired legs with an evening of activity (on the dance floor, that is!). Not a single one of my world-travelling friends has returned from Spain without taking in a Flamenco show. Full of passion, color, and culture, Tablao Cordobés Flamenco show will surely be a night to remember! And it takes place in a night club, so feel free to try out your own moves after the show—if you dare!
And, if you happen to make in to Barcelona in September, be sure to check out the La Merçe festival! Though the holiday of “The Merciful Mother of God” (officially falling on the 24th of September) has been celebrated since 1871, more recently, the event has become a week-long festival. Music, cultural displays, crafts, and even a “fire-run” through the streets of the Gothic Quarter start up to a week before.