A must on many of our bucket-lists, Barcelona is a world-famous port of call and that’s no surprise with the captivating culture it beholds and breathtaking beaches.

There are many reasons to love this Mediterranean port, from the colourful streets full of art to the toe-sinking golden sands – you’ll fall head over heels for every Spanish street corner. Here are five reasons we love Barcelona and why it’s a must-visit destination you won’t be able to get enough of.

1. The best of both worlds

A paradise for those who love to explore and those who’d rather spend their days underneath on sun-drenched shores, you well and truly can experience the best of both worlds in Barcelona.

Much like your average city there’s plenty of adventures to be had, from the Sangrada Familia to La Rambla, there won’t be a street corner that doesn’t have a story to tell.  Follow in the footsteps of your favourite artists, explore local markets or shop till you drop in local boutiques.

And for those who’d rather lap up the Spanish sunshine, Barcelona has some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean with a coastline that stretches 4.5 kilometres and there all in prime spot for restaurants and bars.

This destination delight has everything covered, whether you’re a foodie, adrenaline junkie, explorer or sun worshipper – there’s something for everyone! Check out all the top things to do in Barcelona.

2. The food

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You’re in one of the most authentic cities in Spain, do we need to say more?  We’re talking about endless amounts of paella, tapas, sangria and a few local delicacies too.  Barceloneta beach is situated in an old fishing district, making this the prime spot for the likes of lobster and grilled seabass, not to mention it’s only moments away from the port.

Get a taste for the local culture with culinary treats such as Fideua, a tasty seafood paella but with noodles instead of rice or canelons not to be confused with cannelloni, contains stewed meat in pasta tubes dressed with béchamel sauce.

Finish your dinner off with a traditional dessert, Crema Catalana is a firm favourite among the locals which is much like a crème brulee, but not baked and is left to set in cinnamon and lemon peel. Or overindulge in deep fried pastries and coca, a sweet bread.

Barcelona is a great spot for wine drinking too, sample a Vino Tinto, Tinto de Verano or Kalimolxo straight from the vineyards! For all the best restaurants and bars, check out the food and drink in Barcelona.

3. Amazing architecture

The architecture in this city is one of the main draws and we can certainly see why with Barcelona being a showcase of Antoni Gaudi’s work. You won’t have to stroll far to notice many of his famous creations such as La Pedrer, one of the most imaginative houses in the history of architecture or Parc Guell, a garden complex which houses a number of characteristic buildings.

You’ll find most of these buildings are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and rightly so! One of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona is the La Sagrada Familia which has been under construction since 1892 and is yet to be finished, this fascinating building also provides some of the best views of the city right from one of the towers.

Of course, there are many other wonders from many other famous architects including the Santa Maria del Mar, whose gothic mansion resemblances leaves travellers all over the world in awe. For something a little more modern, the Torre Glories is bound to impress- especially at night.

4. The beaches

When your feet need a rest from all the wonderful culture, one of many Barcelona beaches will be ready and waiting. There’s a beach to suit all walks of life, from the peace and quiet in Nova Icaria to the hustle and bustle of Barceloneta.

Most of the beaches here boast various water sports including paddle boarding, scuba diving and windsurfing. And for those who’d rather stay on land, find volleyball and football courts along with a bundle of restaurants and bars by the sea front.

Expect golden sands and shimmering blue Mediterranean waters, there are even some Blue Flag awarded beaches here too. Take a look at our guide to Barcelona’s beaches for all the inside information.

5. Perfect for football fans

Regardless of whether you’re a football fanatic or not, FC Barcelona stadium, also known as Camp Nou is seriously impressive and one of the main reasons holidaymakers flock to Barcelona. If you time it right, your cruise might fall on a match day and trust us, it’s not something you want to miss with an outstanding atmosphere.

Not only will the stadium amaze, but the streets will be filled with supporters and celebrations. Music and food stalls will fill the streets, as the locals take pride in their football club and who knows you may even bump into a player or two.

If you’re blown away by what Barcelona has to offer, check out our favourite cruise itineraries here!

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