See: The city light up after sunset by hiking Bunkers del Carmel
Barcelona is a charming city on foot, but getting a different perspective allows you to see the beauty that is Barcelona. On one side of the hill are the mountains and the residential neighborhoods, on the other is the ocean and the more famous areas of the city. It all comes alive at night. As soon as the sun sets, Barcelona comes alive, and stays alive until the sun rises.
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Smell: Toasted marshmallows from “Boy Scout Shots” at Espit Chupitos
Everyone knows Barcelona is another European city that doesn’t sleep, but one thing that makes it stand out even more is the literal “night life.” Dinner isn’t until after 8pm. Its meant to take a while and be enjoyed. Drinks follow, and the next thing you know you’re not “out” until well after midnight. If sugary shots set on fire isn’t for you, there’s something for everyone: La Xampanyeria, offering free tapas with bottles of champagne, L’Ovella Negra for the beer lovers, and plenty of “discotecs” if that’s more your style.
Taste: Eggs Benedict on a waffle at Travel & Cake
Travel & Cake is a sister restaurant to the more famous Brunch & Cake, offering the same delicious brunch specialties with less of a wait. The menu is filled with goodies from chocolate popcorn pancakes to eggs benedict on sweet waffles, and offering fresh squeezed orange juice, (“zumo” in Barcelona, pronounced “thumo”), lattes, and teas. Try and go early on a weekday to skip the touristy lines on the weekends. Even if there’s a wait, its well worth it.
Hear: The fountains near Barcelona’s Arc de Triumph at Parc de la Ciutadella
This park is a hidden gem within walking distance from La Rambla and offers a tranquil getaway from the touristy areas of the city. Here you can see the Arc, as everyone else is, but walk past the Arc and catch your breath. Here you can cool down under a tree, purchase €1 fresh juice from a local stand and relax with locals.
Find out more about the iconic park, here.
Touch: The pristine sands of the old town Sitges
This isn’t Barceloneta, but it still has great opportunities for people-watching. Located just 40 minutes south of Barcelona by direct train from Barcelona-Sants station, this is a great day-trip during the Spring or Summer. It’s a small town with picture-perfect white buildings, cobblestone streets and beachy vibes. It’s beaches are long stretches of soft sand and much less crowded than the man-made beaches of Barcelona. Bonus: This particular town is known to be especially LGBT friendly, and offers exceptionally good Indian food.
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Have you been to Barcelona? What’s on your “do-not-miss” list?