Barcelona is one of Europe’s most fashionable cities and an enduring tourist favourite. Its unique mix of a diverse and fascinating metropolis, skirted by beautiful golden beaches, make it a year-round destination that attracts all manner of visitors. The stunning architecture, statues and parks, as well as a myriad of galleries and cultural attractions make Barcelona truly stand out as one of the world’s must-visit destinations - with most people finding that one visit simply isn’t enough.
Barcelona’s popularity as a tourist destination means it is full of great places to stay - ranging from luxury hotels to backpacker hostels. Those who are planning to spend a little longer in the city, will also find it offers some of the best serviced apartments in Europe. The Squa.re carry a range of such properties, each having been selected according to its range of conveniences, the desirability of its location and its quality of decor. These properties offer many of the benefits of traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and concierge services whilst affording an enhanced level of privacy as well as the convenience of full kitchen facilities.
No visitor to Barcelona will be stuck for things to do, whether you enjoy cultural pursuits, relaxing on the beach or an evening on the town, the city has unlimited options. It’s collection of museums and galleries, along with some of the best dining anywhere in the world, make exploring the city an attraction in itself.
Of course, one of the city’s most famous resident is Antoni Gaudi and his influence can be seen at several important sites - both houses and parks. These are some of the most popular attractions in the city and perhaps the largest concentration of his unique artistic vision.
In the summer months, the city’s golden beaches are filled with people soaking up the exciting atmosphere and sampling some of the local seafood dishes. Whatever you enjoy doing on holiday, you’ll find it in Barcelona - its sheer range of attactions, landmarks and culture make it one of the most exciting cities in the world - and one that will no doubt draw you back again and again.
Barcelona is famous for its range of restaurants, serving everything from fine Catalan cuisine to exotic foreign foods. Con Gracia, Can Vallés and Restaurant Angle Barcelona represent the upper tier of dining experiences, serving contemporary local cuisine in elegant and refined settings. Alternatively, places like Viana Barcelona and Petit Pau Restaurant offer great food in a slightly more relaxed atmosphere.
Barcelona is also known for its excellent shopping, with famous streets like Passeig de Gracia, which is lined with designer fashions and high-end luxury goods. Alternatively, Portal de l'Angel is the place to go for familiar high street brands, including fashion and other consumer goods. Of course, Barcelona’s infamous La Rambla is home to plenty of gift stores and street vendors, selling everything from flowers to local hand crafts.
No one can visit Barcelona without seeing at least one of the Gaudi houses - Casa Batlló being one of the most popular and offering guided tours. There’s also the stunning Guell Park, which is home to the Gaudi House Museum and features stunning gardens and structures by the famous architect.
Barcelona is served by an excellent and reliable public transport network, which includes trains buses and a metro system. Taken together these make traversing the city a straightforward affair, and the Hola Barcelona travel card makes for an extremely cost effective solution for those making multiple journeys. Alternatively, Barcelona’s stunning buildings make the city a pleasure to explore on foot.
Catalonia is one of Europe’s more affluent region and Barcelona’s strong economy is driven by a combination of manufacturing, tourism and financial services. Automotive giant SEAT is headquartered locally, and Nissan also has a strong presence. Fintech firms such as Storm and tefPAY are also becoming increasingly more prevalent.
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