This lively seaside city checks all the boxes — history, culture, amazing food, a thriving art scene and so much more. When you visit Barcelona, you can start every day with a steamy cortado in a charming sidewalk café. After that, the options for adventure are endless. Swim with sharks at Aquarium de Barcelona, one of the largest aquariums in Europe. Check out ancient Roman relics at the Barcelona City History Museum, located in the vibrant Gothic Quarter. Make a reservation to see a sultry flamenco show. And when hunger hits, head to Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, a pilgrimage site for foodies. It was a covered market back in the 1200s. Now it’s one of the top food markets in the world and a must-visit stop before you leave Barcelona.
Barcelona is perfectly positioned on the Mediterranean Sea: From its central location, it's easy to cruise to other exotic ports on the Spanish coast as well as the unique Balearic Islands, France and Italy. Before you depart, you can spend time soaking up Barcelona's stunning sights, like the infamous Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church designed by the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Cruise out of Barcelona and enjoy a quick dip in warm Mediterranean waters. The city will instantly charm you with its friendly locals, abundance of cultural attractions, sensational Spanish cuisine and appealing summer weather year-round.
Barcelona's locals have an unparalleled vivacity — they're not only friendly but welcoming, intellectual and culturally rich. How could you not love Park Güell and Sagrada Familia on your doorstep?
Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.