2. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the best city breaks to take in Europe. The bustling Spanish city is renowned for its architectural wonders, and combines everything we love about the Mediterranean.
Reasons to visit Barcelona: Architecture, art, music, beaches, food
La Sagrada Familia is the most visited place in Barcelona. The basilica remains unfinished since 1882, though it is considered as the best of Antonio Gaudí. A tour of its majestic interior is worth every penny at $18. The nearby Park Güell by Gaudí is no less impressive with its expansive greenery and mind-boggling landscapes. It is decorated with colorful mosaics and odd sculptures depicting Catalonian culture. Meanwhile, the Palace of Catalan Music designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner delivers the finest of Catalonian music within its walls, and was also built in Art Noveau style.
Gothic Quarter is one of the city’s oldest attractions. While there you should go to the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia. It’s a wonderful example of Gothic architecture built from the 13th to 15th centuries. For art aficionados, The Picasso Museum is a must-see as it features thousands of works by Pablo Picasso and other famous artists like Rembrandt and El Greco.
A true Mediterranean destination, Barcelona is popular for its beaches and great food. There are seven beaches to choose from along the coastline. And if you’re hungry, you can go to Saint Joseph of Boqueria Market where there are dozens of food stalls, bars, and restaurants.