When it comes to cities rich in art, cultural heritage, and beautiful sights, Barcelona is a top contender. The capital city of Catalonia, Spain, boasts the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. It is quite suiting that legend has it that Barcelona was founded by the mythological Hercules. Endowed with its lovely beaches, culinary treats, myriad of parks, world–renowned architectural works, and a one-of-a-kind nightlife, Barcelona has become a top travel destination.
Barcelona owes much of its architectural wonders to Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan architect. Admired for its unique and distinctive style, Barcelona’s Catalan Modernism architectural form stands out from the conventional. Gaudi drew his inspiration from natural structures, defining a unique, branded style. Inspired by the organic, the Gaudi structures found in Barcelona celebrate the genuine chaotic beauty found in natural environments. Beautiful mosaics, vibrant colors, and unique structures set Barcelona’s visual landscapes apart from the rest.
The many themed parks in Barcelona are yet another way to experience the particular charm of the city. Since you’re already a fan (or new fan) of Antoni Gaudi’s architectural works, Park Güell should be at the top of your list of parks to visit. Utilizing natural form to its full potential, the park translates Gaudi’s organic architectural style into an open-aired visual treat. The perfect spot to familiarize yourself with Barcelona’s trademarked style, all while absorbing the breath-taking views that the city has to offer, Park Güell is an enchanting world stolen from a fairy-tale (Hansel and Gretel, anyone?).
Looking for more mesmerizing views of the vibrant city? Tibidabo Park, located at the highest point of Barcelona, brings you back to the “simpler days” of good ole’ fair time fun. This antique fairground features rides from the 1920s, mixed with modern-day attractions. For the young at heart, Tibado Park seamlessly blends the nostalgia of the past with the immediacy of today.
Not a ride person? Not a problem. National Geographic dubbed Barcelona’s beaches as number one in their list of the top ten city beaches in the world. Yes, in the world! Taking a dip in the Mediterranean can be done at a variety of different beaches, depending on the vibe you are searching for. Whether you are looking for a peaceful-day in pristine waters, a bustling beach-party complete with water-sports, or a secluded nude beach where you can bare it all while avoiding tan lines, Barcelona’s beaches offer a different experience for everyday of the week.Barcelona isn’t anything if not consistent. Following the words of Gaudi, “Everything comes from the great book of nature”, and this of course, includes fashion. While black may be a staple for many fashion cultures, Barcelona’s colour palette is representative of its environment. Palettes inspired from the Mediterranean Sea, picturesque beaches, and fall foliage are typical of Barcelona’s street style. Accessorizing with bold colours makes these palettes pop. Due to their warm climate, lightweight and fluid fabrics are popular. What’s the secret to their effortlessly relaxed, yet luxurious looks? Dressing for your figure, prioritizing comfort, and drawing inspiration from nature. Confidence, after all, is the best accessory. Looking to emulate these looks? Go for relaxed, layered styles, in a variety of neutral tones. And don’t forget to personalize your look with a pop of colour!
Have you visited Barcelona? What did you love about it?