Barcelona, a vibing city.
If you have a love for food and music and a penchant to stay up late, then get yourself to España. Dan has long raved about his "favourite place in the world" and arriving into Barcelona I fell immediately in love with the city.
Stay in the thick of it.
Stay near the lively La Rambla to be in the heart of the action. Wander along the side streets to find yourself amongst a plethora of restaurants, bars and perhaps an impromptu opera busking session.
Oh, the food!
Skip breakfast at the local cafes and start your day off at La Boqueria, a true foodie haven. With its reputation as one of the best fresh food markets in Europe, you will walk away laden down with fresh produce fit for a gourmet picnic. Go armed with an empty bag and have your pick of the best fruits, meats and cheeses for the day. You will find the best prices in the stalls towards the back.
If the weather is right, take a wander down to the beach and wait for the offers of icy cold cervezas to quench your thirst.
Get your architecture on.
Delve into the city's architectural history by embarking on the Gaudi trail. We marked the points of interest on our GPS and took to the streets on foot. There are also plenty of bicycles for hire if you are short for time.
Make time to visit:
My favourite time in barcelona was spent wandering this park. You can avoid the fees and tourist queues and still enjoy the buildings from many vantage points. This beautiful park offers views over the city including the Sagrada Familia.
Under construction since 1882, Gaudi's masterpiece is set for completion in 2026 to mark the centenary of his death. Described as "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of gothic architecture since the middle ages" the church is a must visit.
With each fountain more ostentatious than the next, make sure you climb all the way to the top. Come back in the evening on weekends to see the magic fountain illuminated by colour, light and musical accompaniment.