Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city is home to perhaps one of the most photographed brilliant architectural gems in the world, Sagrada Familia as well as Gaudi’s many stunning masterpieces. Tourists often flock to Las Ramblas to enjoy the bustling atmosphere or head to Montserrat to marvel at the spectacular mountain range. However, there are little delightful finds around Barcelona apart from the main tourist attractions that exude Catalan character and charm that should not be missed.
The essence of a place is always reflected in the market. Public markets are always one of the best places to soak in the local culture. The colors and vibrant life buzzing in a market makes it one of the most exhilarating experiences of any trip. The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to, as La Boqueria is a massive public market is located along La Rambla and has been said to be in operation for more than 800 years! This market that cuts through the heart of the city is a complete sensorial paradise bursting with unimaginable array of tempting foods from an insane variety of brightly colored (and some even glittering!) candy and truffles to exotic foods such as sheep’s heads. La Boqueria oozes the Spanish ambience that nobody should miss, the haggling, the animated way of talking with the active gestures and hands against a backdrop of an exceptional food market.
The Parc del Laberint d’Horta is the oldest park in Barcelona. The fact that this park is in the outskirts of Barcelona makes this an excellent getaway from the crowds and bustle of the city. This park has various landscapes from a ‘jungle-like’ setting of trees and a stream to gardens, grottos and fountains. The labyrinth, which makes getting lost a lot of fun, makes this the perfect destination for travelers with children. This park also makes a good place for a picnic on a hot summer’s day, lots of shade and peaceful. On Wednesdays and Sunday, entrance to the park is free.
It is easy to see why Barcelona is ranked as one of Spain’s most popular destinations. The rich architecture, cuisine, medieval streets, and people display the colourful character of this city. For the fashionista, Barcelona is a treasure trove of brand name shops and exquisite vintage pieces while for the incredible palette will bewitch any foodie. There is just so much to do and see in this city and with cheap flights and affordable accommodation, why wouldn’t you book immediately. Go ahead! Experience Barcelona and like everyone else, just fall in love with the city.