The pace is relaxed, the sun is almost always shining and the city has a fiercely proud identity. Arguably more famous than Spain’s capital of Madrid, Barcelona is famous for a food and art scene as well as astounding architecture and of course, the beach. There is a tangibly buzzing culture in the streets and squares, an inspiration for some of the 20th century’s greatest artists and writers, that makes exploring tucked away bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries endlessly captivating.
The true perk of the city is that there is almost always something going on. Keep your eyes peeled for ‘castellers’ – famous Spanish human castles – or visit in August when streets are decorated annually for the Festa Major de Gracia.