Boasting a reputation as one of the most exciting and visually dynamic cities in Europe, Barcelona is one of those places you must see in your lifetime. World-famous beaches, tapas and stunning architecture are just a few of the things this beautiful and vibrant city is known for. Situated along the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona celebrates its role as the capital of Catalonia. If you love to indulge in history, experience great cuisine, and enjoy getting your tan on, Barcelona should be the next destination you explore.
Get Lost in History
As you wander around the city it’s easy to take in the beautiful historical architecture across alleyways and neighbourhoods, giving Barcelona it’s truly magical touch. Being the hub of the Catalan modernist movement, Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and Jujol are some of the many artists who have left their mark on the streets of the Catalonian capital.
The Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most visually intriguing basilicas you’ll find in Europe. Standing outside you’ll be in awe of the intricate details from the work of Antoni Gaudi. Brought to life more than 135 years ago, it still remains under construction and is set to be completed in 2026. As you make your way inside and through this iconic landmark you’ll feel as if you’re in a giant kaleidoscope as vibrant colours beam in from every direction through the beautiful stained-glass windows.
The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona dates back over 2,000 years. Full of charm and captivating history, this neighbourhood offers visitors a chance to explore the enchanting squares and mystical alleyways. Harkening back to its bustling past, the Gothic Quarter is always lively. Discover ruins that lie preserved within the Musea d’História de la Ciutat and stroll along Calle Avinyo to discover great shopping, bars and restaurants.
Calling All Foodies
Barcelona is a city where the food is just as exciting as the architecture. Known for tapas, fresh bustling markets, and mouth-watering paella, Barcelona offers up an array of foods that will spark everyone’s taste buds.
No foodie trip to Barcelona is complete without indulging in the famous paella. This iconic dish is made with rice and seafood and can be found in nearly any corner of the city. Some restaurants in Barcelona will serve paella dishes as big as the table, so you can really get your feast on – just make sure you have few friends to join you to help with the huge serving size!
What better way to discover the taste of the city than with a walking tour? Barcelona has various guided food tours at reasonable costs, it’s a great way to experience all the flavours of Barcelona, to meet other travellers, discover hidden gems away from the touristy restaurants and dine like a local while you try some of the best dishes in the city.
There’s something quite magical about making your way through Barcelona’s food markets as you hear the charming background noise of street performers and feast your eyes on the colourful array of produce. With over 40 different markets to explore, grab a basket and enjoy some of the freshest fruit you’ll ever taste.
Get Your Game Face On
Whether you’re a die-hard soccer fan, or just looking to experience the thrill of it all – Barcelona doesn’t fall short when it comes to their sports scene.
Feel the excitement all around as you visit The Camp Nou in Barcelona; one of the biggest stadiums in the world. Known as the home to the local FC Barcelona team, you can see some of the best soccer players in the world including Messi and Malcom. With an electric energy among the thousands of fans gathered to cheer on their team, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Seas the Day
With 300 days of warmth from the Mediterranean sun Barcelona makes for the perfect holiday destination anytime of year. No matter what type of beachgoer you are, something for everyone can be found here.
Barcelona has a plethora of beaches that are easily accessible from the city centre by transit or on foot, making it a perfect way to spend a day. From sandy spots with a lively vibe – like La Barceloneta Beach where street performers, restaurants, and bike rentals can be found – to a more secluded and tranquil experience at Ocata Beach, you’ll be able to spend your days basking under the Catalonian sun in warm golden sands while taking in the beautiful ocean views.
Starting May 24, WestJet will begin non-stop service between Toronto and Barcelona. With WestJet’s expansive network of flights to Toronto from all over Canada, getting to Barcelona has never been easier.
What are you waiting for? Tapas, a world of history and stunning beaches await. We look forward to taking you there.