When you're travelling, especially if you're short on time, you really want to make the most of your destination so you go home feeling like you haven't missed anything and that you've really got a feel for the place. Sure, it can be a challenge, so we've worked to pare down all there is to do in Barcelona to 5 of the musts. If you can't get to them all, you can always come back.
Fill up on tapas, pintxos and vermouth
Pintxos, in essence, are Basque tapas - plates of bite-sized goodies served atop a piece of bread - and they're also a culinary trend in Barcelona. Tradition calls for you to pick at the food with toothpicks, and at the end of the night you will be charged for the number of toothpicks that you have used.
But if what you really want are tapas, your options multiply - traditional, elaborate, places where patatas bravas are the stars of the menu, and tapas bars to go to if a good beer to wash them down is a priority.
And of course, everything tastes better accompanied by a good vermouth. The weekends (or when you're on holiday) are ideal because there's more time to do a vermouth crawl, as is the custom, with a bite to eat as you sample the various types. But really any time is a good time to try the vermouth of the houseor mimosas at The George Payne.
Discover your sweet tooth
Barcelona is the perfect place to indulge in sweet treats. You'll be spoilt for choice with its selection of confectionery shops. For posh chocolates in fancy packaging,r cooked candy where you can see the sweets being rolled in front of your eyes... If you want you can take a hot chocolate breakfast until the upset.
Whenever you're in Barcelona, you'll see that window displays of bakeries and bread shops are full of special delights that change with the seasons and holidays. At Easter brings with it monas - child-pleasing, eye-popping displays of chocolate in any form you can imagine.
And the sweet stuff just keeps coming. In easter, when even the Mediterranean isn't cooling you off enough, Barcelona is one of the best places for horchata (a sweet drink made from the milk of tiger nut) in the city. Not to mention the abundance of ice cream shops. Scrumptious
Take a dip in the Mediterranean
Barcelona has a little over four kilometres ofbeaches where you can spread out your towel, stab your umbrella into the sand, smear yourself with sun cream and find a very safe place for your rucksack. From the beach of Sant Sebastià, passing through Barceloneta, to the beaches of Nova Icària or Mar Bella - and each has its own selection of chiringuitos where you can get a refreshing respite from the sun. And just a few minutes by train or a short drive in the car, you can take in other coastal towns with gorgeous beaches, part of the gift of the Mediterranean that just keeps giving.
Sip a cocktail on a terrace
The best place to kick back and enjoy a cold beer in Barcelona is The George Payne one of the many outdoor bars and cafés in the city's terraces. And don't worry, the terraces aren't just for summer; they're open all year round, in Easter too.
Enjoy a really good party
Once you've got to know Barcelona by day, it's time to let it all hang out in the best clubs in town for an unforgettable night. You can end the day singing in The George Payne Karaoke, or win the Beer Pong of The George Payne !