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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

Tapas, Churros (in chocolate) and Gaudi - yes please!

Welcome to the vibrant city of Barcelona, where history, culture, and artistic masterpieces harmoniously blend with a lively Mediterranean spirit. From its iconic architecture, including the breathtaking Sagrada Familia and whimsical Park Güell, to its bustling food markets and golden sandy beaches, Barcelona offers a kaleidoscope of unique experiences. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets of the Gothic Quarter, indulge in delectable tapas and paella, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the city's bustling boulevards. With its distinct Catalan character and a wealth of attractions, Barcelona guarantees an unforgettable adventure that will leave you yearning for more. Get ready to embark on a journey full of sensory delights and create memories that will be stories to last a lifetime.

Unique Alternative Experiences You Must Take in Barcelona, Spain:

Climbing the Columbus Monument

Located right in front of Barceloneta Beach in the city center, you must have seen Columbus Column several times before. But did you ever think about climbing up it? Did you know that it has an elevator inside that can take you to the top and give you a wonderful aerial view of the city?

Many people seldom have any idea about this unusual thing to do in Barcelona, perhaps because it has quite a hidden entrance. When you go to the column’s base, it looks more like a help desk where you can seek information. Although you can seek help there, it also has a cash register from where you can purchase your tickets and enter the elevator. The best thing is that it is quite affordable and solitary.

Visiting the Sant Pau Hospital

Have you ever thought about visiting a hospital?

Being one of the most art-nouveau sites of Europe, its domes, sculptures, stained-glass windows, and facades are worth admiring. This masterpiece will quickly remind you of the hospital where Harry Potter was admitted after his battle with Voldemort. Enter its pavilions and see them exactly as they were designed at the beginning of the 1900s. Getting down the tunnels will give you an idea about popular medical practices of that time. Live music events are also organized during summer, which you must not miss.

Watching the Sunset from Bunkers del Carmen

If you love watching sunsets, then no place can be better than the Bunkers. It is a local gem that remains far from crazy crowds of tourists. Walk up to the Bunkers from Parc Guell for 15-20 minutes and get 360° spectacular views of Barcelona. In fact, the reason for constructing these bunkers was to get strategic views of the city during the Spanish Civil War. When you see Barcelona from the Bunkers, there is almost nothing else left to see. Grab your picnic and stay there to wait till sunset.

Going Aboard a Catamaran Boat

While most people are busy enjoying the city of Barcelona, why not take a getaway to the Mediterranean Sea? Booze cruises depart every day for amazing sunset parties. However, if you are looking for something relaxing to do, take a catamaran boat trip and watch the sun while it is setting behind the mountains. Grab cava in your hand and lie on a comforting net while enjoying the music.

There is no experience in cuisine like a churro. Similar to what we in the US eat, yet different. Although we love ours with cinnamon sugar on them, the majority of those in Spain do not have sugar - However, they do have melted high content cacao that you can dip it in......What a tapa that is.

When I think of Gaudi, I think of a lot of stuff melted together, a little too much of this and that. And when you go to Barcelona you will see that is exactly what it means. If anyone ever thought outside the box - Gaudi did.

And last, but definitely not least, how can you go to Spain and see a fantastic flamenc dance. These women have a talent like no other. Just don't be quick to volunteer to get up on the stage and try it with them - unless you have calves of steel.

Undoubtedly, Barcelona is the city of Picasso, Miro, and Gaudi. But here are a few new alternatives that may not have heard about, but are worth enjoying.

When you are ready to explore Barcelona, I am here to help you plan your next memories!

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