Barcelona is a city I have been to many times, as part of a European tour with the family, or just a short break with my wife on a couple of occasions, and even years ago with my work in more of a jolly capacity.
I must be due another trip - as looking at some of these snaps, I have not been for a couple of years at least...
As the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, Barcelona always seems to offer something new, a protest, a march, a demonstration and some good old fashioned shouting normally suffice (a loud-haler is mandatory if you are visiting this place!)
Essential components of any visit would include the following for me at least -
A visit to the amazing Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, a large public market
in the Ciutat Vella
district and one of the city's foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla
, not far from the Liceu
, Barcelona's opera
The market has a very diverse selection of food and drink, a fantastic place to spend the morning watching the world go by
The second mandatory excursion in my humble opinion would be to pop into MACBA - the Museu D'Art Contemporani De Barcelona
(or to us - the Modern Art Gallery, tucked away behind the market)
My third chosen activity would be to chill out, do some serious people watching, and have a swim in a rooftop pool at the 5 star Grand Hotel Central
, somewhere we have stayed a couple of times and really enjoyed.