Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The Spanish city received more than 9 million overnight tourists in 2016 alone. As a mecca of visitors looking for sun, sports, and culture, Barcelona is a can’t miss holiday destination.
According to the Telegraph, Barcelona receives 2,524 hours of sunlight a year. No matter what time of the year you chose to descend on the city, there will be plenty of great sunny weather and sites to visit.
The Catalan capital offers so much for car enthusiasts, as it has a number of great venues that will please racing fans. While Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia will delight your other half, Ferrari Land will be right down your alley on a trip to Spain.
Local Favorite: Caragols a la llaunaCaragols a la llauna is a delicacy of the Catalan region and widely ate around Barcelona. What is Caragols a la llauna? It is grilled or oven-cooked snails. The snails are served with a vinaigrette or aioli dressing. Mayonnaise and garlic are also added to the dish for taste. The L'Aplec del Cargol is a festival held in Catalonia every year that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to dine on snails. While Barcelona is located in Spain, it draws a lot of its food influence from neighboring France. However, snails have long been eaten in Spain as well as France and Italy, with Spaniards eating snails documented back in the 11th century.
La Sagrada Familia
Top Tourist Attractions
The Sagrada Familia is synonymous with Barcelona. It is one of the most eye-catching structures you will ever see and a cathedral that must be viewed to be believed. Designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1883, the basilica was supposed to be a neo-Gothic church. However, Gaudi created a church in his own Art Nouveau style instead. When he started, he had no finished plan of what the Sagrada Familia would look like. He liberally changed his mind as he went. Today, the church is incomplete as Gaudi was unable to finish it within his original 10 to 15-year plan. It is beautiful inside and out, and a truly unforgettable tourist attraction in a world of throwaway travel experiences.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is the current home of the Spanish Grand Prix. It is also an excellent travel destination when visiting Barcelona on holiday. Visitors to the circuit can take the official tour of the race track. The tour will give you the ins and outs of the entire race track. You will get to know what it is like to be a driver during the Spanish Grand Prix as you tour the paddock, briefing rooms, podium and other areas that only drivers can go to on race day. The hour-plus tour is a unique adventure for Formula One enthusiasts and gets you closer to the track than a race day experience.
La Rambla is the social heartbeat of Barcelona. The avenue that runs down the middle of Barcelona’s Old Town is a central meeting spot for locals heading out for the evening. The street is lined with trees offering shade from those nearly endless hours of sunlight each year. Visitors can find some of the best shopping in Barcelona at La Rambla along with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Many of the buildings offer a look into the city’s past through their architecture. The shops and restaurants are typically filled with locals living in the city as they shop for their everyday needs. Many of the top tourist attractions and beaches can be reached easily from La Rambla, and using it as the center of your Barcelona holiday is a great idea.
Formula GT Experience
Fancy driving a real Formula race car? Maybe you would like to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini? Well, the Formula GT Experience gives you the chance to do just that. There are different packages provided by the company, but each allows you to sit in a 'dream' car and drive around the race track. The Formula GT Experience has two race tracks in Barcelona, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and the Circuito de Can Padró. Each offers you the thrill of a lifetime as you go at speeds you previously only dreamed of. If you are interested in experiences Formula GT offers, you should check the schedule at the two Barcelona tracks. The experience only takes place on select days.