A taste of Catalan life
Ready for some Catalan sunshine? Fresh off the OUIBUS in Barcelona, you’ll want to start off by exploring the Barri Gotic, or Gothic quarter, the heart of the old town. Wander among medieval buildings, crumbling remains of Roman walls, pretty 19th century buildings and churches, and through pedestrianized squares lined with palm trees, and the sound of fountains trickling and pigeons cooing. The main artery of the old town is Las Ramblas, a long avenue that’s packed with tourists and locals, day and night. You’ll find artists painting here among the cheap souvenirs. Just off Las Ramblas is La Boqueria, a food market that’s a kaleidoscope of colours, scents and flavours. Next, visit some of the famous buildings designed by Gaudi: the Sagrada Familia (book tickets in advance if you want to go inside). Stop to admire the wonderfully amorphous façade of the Pedrera, and go for a wander in the Parc Guell, with its fantastic mosaic-covered lizards and other creatures.
Now it’s time to hit the beach. Make your way to Barceloneta, with its beach front cafes and restaurants. This is the place to see and be seen, to top up your tan and cool off in the sea.
In the evening, join the locals in one of the hundreds of buzzing bars, shouldering your way to the front to order some tapas and a glass of cava. After dark, Barcelona is as lively as ever, its bars and clubs will be jumping until the early hours. Once you’ve sampled the delightful way of life here you’re bound to want to come back. Time to plan your next trip to Barcelona by OUIBUS!