February 02, 2022

Barcelona , you had us at hello...

By Philippe Jolicoeur
Barcelona , you had us at hello...

Barcelona is one of the most famous and beautiful cities in Spain and one of my personal favourites. It is a city full of culture and history. Located on the northeastern coast of the country, Barcelona is known for its stunning architecture, Mediterranean atmosphere, and passionate culture. Whether you're visiting Barcelona for a weekend getaway or spending an extended period of time here, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied: sightseeing, shopping, and incredible dining.

With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, the Ruhr area, Madrid, and Milan. The locals,called Catalans are a special, unique breed of people. They are friendly and welcoming, making it easy to explore the city

From visiting world-renowned landmarks like Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia to sampling delicious Catalan cuisine, there's something for everyone in this vibrant city. Soak up the sun on Barceloneta Beach, wander through the Gothic Quarter, or take a day trip to nearby towns and villages – whatever you choose, you're sure to have a wonderful time in Barcelona!

So, whether you're a first-time visitor or a local looking for something new, read on for our list of the best things to do in Barcelona. First stop should be La Rambla ,a popular street in Barcelona with plenty of shops, restaurants, and attractions. Then head over to Park Guell, an incredible park with stunning architecture and views of the city. The Gothic Quarter in the old part of Barcelona with its narrow streets and historic buildings are also a must.

Much has been said about the Sagrada Familia; a world-famous church that is still under construction: It's been under construction for over a century…It used to be the site of a school. ...Gaudi is buried there. ...It's a man-made masterpiece, inspired by nature. ..It's the tallest religious building in Europe. ... Builders of the Sagrada Familia are immortalized in stone etc. Let me say this: if you are an atheist, being inside the church looking at the mesmerizing stained-glass windows you will believe that God does exist. It is simply, a truly intense,spiritual experience.

At the end of the day, I found myself laughing to myself. Like if the city had not enough to offer, it is situated on the ocean! Barceloneta Beach is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea, and make you ponder how can a single city on earth have so much to offer.

There is something to be said about having dinner at 10 PM: I love it! Spain has some of the best food in the world, and Barcelona has some of the best food in Spain. Enough Said .Start with Gilda, an appetizer made with olives, anchovies, and pickled peppers. Order a plate (or two) of Jamón ibérico, the most famous type of ham from Spain, made from black Iberian pigs. Wash these appetizers down with a tinto de verano, a refreshing drink made with red wine and lemon soda.

As a main course you have to have paella, the classic dish from Barcelona made with rice, seafood, and vegetables. Paella, like its Italian cousin the risotto is often poorly made. I would say 90 % of the time. Here they make it right, with pride. Don’t forget to try the Calçots, a type of onion typically served grilled with romesco sauce.

For dessert you MUST have the Churros con chocolate, a fried doughnut-like pastries dipped in chocolate sauce. Accompany it with a nice cup of torrefacto coffee source of inspiration and much love for our 1936 instant torrefacto coffees.

If you're looking for a vacation spot with lots of activities, culture and beautiful scenery, Barcelona is not to be missed.

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