Travel Man: 48 Hours In… launches on Channel 4 tonight, with host Richard Ayoade spending 2 days in Barcelona. It got guest blogger Zara Gaspar thinking about the how to make the most of a weekend in the city, whatever your travel style…
From stunning architecture and a vibrant art scene, to sandy beaches and mouth-watering Spanish food, Barcelona offers something for everyone. And it’s playing a starring role in Richard Ayoade’s new TV show – Travel Man: 48 Hours In… – which launches on Channel 4 tonight. It doesn’t matter how long you’re spending in the city, pick your travel style and then tick these must-sees off your to-do list…
If you like to shop until you drop, make sure you book extra baggage for your flight back from Barcelona. For high-end fashion and top Spanish designer names, visit Passeig de Gracia. If vintage clothing is more your style, Raval and the Independent Design Market are for you. Spanish department store, Corte Inglés, offers a bit of both.
Barcelona is an art lover’s paradise. The Picasso Museum, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the Fundació Joan Miró and Museum of Contemporary Art are the highlights. However, art is not only confined to galleries. The city is renowned for its architecture, including Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. Other must-see works from Gaudí include Parc Güell and its modernista buildings.
If you’re looking to relax in the sun, Barceloneta is the closest beach to the city and great for people-watching. For those with more time, Sitges, 30 minutes outside the city is a lovely coastal town. If beaches aren’t your thing but you love water, Parc de la Ciutadella is the perfect spot for a tranquil walk or lake-boat trip.
Food is a huge part of Spanish culture. Barcelona is a fast-paced city, but the locals always make time for meals. La Boqueria and Santa Caterina food markets are a great way to sample local delicacies, such as figs, olives and salted cod. Head to Barceloneta for paella or to the Gothic Quarter for Catalan specialities such as mar i muntanya – surf ‘n’ turf – and tapas.
Home to Barcelona FC, Camp Nou is a must-see for sports fans. The Museu del FC Barcelona is also popular for its football memorabilia.
To enjoy the best of its buzzing nightlife, view the city from a rooftop bar. For views and culture, you can listen to live jazz on top of La Pedrera, another of Gaudi’s masterpieces. Head to the Plaça de Espanya to watch the fountain and light show, or see a band play at music venue Razzmatazz.
Take the cable car from Barceloneta to Montjuic Hill to see the city from above and experience the castle and Poble Espanyol. Thrillseekers can go on fairground rides at Tibidabo, and the more active can climb Montjuic or take a bike trip along the 6-mile Cametera de les Aigues for great views of the city.
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Author: Zara Gaspar
Published: March 30, 2015
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