I love living in Barcelona, so it’s easy for me to write about it.
Honestly, the hard part is making this city sound bad.
So I really enjoyed writing content about some of the city’s highlights for a luxury yacht company that planned to expand business to Barcelona.
Check out an excerpt here:
Sun, sea and siestas.
Fun, fresh food and fiestas.
Kaleidoscopic and charismatic, Barcelona offers all this and more.
Historically, the Catalonian capital was founded by the ancient Phoenicians and Carthaginians. Its Roman roots are evident in the Cultural Centre of El Born, the amphitheatre at Montjuic, and the Gotico quarter where the old Roman city of Barcino – Barcelona’s namesake – was formerly established.
The mix of tradition, culture, and the locals’ prerogative to enjoy life to the full, make Barcelona the perfect place to relax, party and simply feel alive.
Dip into clear, aqua coves overlooked by medieval castles and sandy beaches for swimming. Stop off at resort towns that dot the Catalonian coastline for fresh paella and seafood before meandering back to the marinas in Barcelona.
Apart from the jade-green waters and soft sand, Mar Bella, San Sebastian and Barceloneta beaches host numerous bars and cafes.
Down in the former fishing village of Barceloneta, taste salty polpo (octopus) and bacalao (cod), and the quintessential patatas bravas. Wash them down with cava or a local rioja wine.
For football aficionados, watch “El Clasico” between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Camp Nou; the rivalry between the two teams is as much about politics as it is about the sport, and the streets are packed with flag-waving, chanting Messi fans.
If it’s full, see a match at any local bar or pub that have mounted flatscreen TVs, flowing beer and the atmosphere of being there live.
To catch a beat, don’t miss some of the biggest music festivals held in the summer. Primavera Sound’s independent scene, electronica music at Sonar and Cruilla’s mix of hip-hop, rock, pop, and jazz are just a few of the most popular drawing thousands each year, so be prepared to boogie.
Elsewhere in town, marvel at Gaudi’s psychedelic La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, Miro’s surrealist sculptures and Picasso’s cubist paintings.
Then ponder the urban legacies of Rovira i Trias and Ildefons de Cerda’s sweeping boulevards and “manzana” apartment complexes in Eixample and Las Ramblas.