Barcelona has become a very fashionable tourist destination. The 1992 Olympic Games stimulated lots of interest in the city around the world. Visitors now, are attracted by the mild climate, Mediterranean waterfront, sunshine, art, culture, friendly people and special features, such as Antoni Gaudì's modernist architecture. It's easy to have fun in Barcelona.
There are colourful local fiestas (holidays and festivals) throughout the year, and together with a wide variety of national and international cinema, theatre, music and dance festivals and performances. The city's nightclubs offer great music and atmosphere every night of the week, and are especially busy from Thursday through to the weekend.
But entertainment isn't just nightlife. Here are a few things to entertain -
The Beach -
The beach can be a wonderful place to 'stand and stare', sunbathe, or swim, and of course, great for the family. Barcelona has over 4 kilometers of beaches, with some less than 10 minutes from the city centre, even so it's not normally advertised as a beach holiday resort..
Museums & Galleries - Art lovers should meander to the MNAC (Catalonia's National Art Museum), with its exhibits of Catalan Romanesque art. Or the MACBA (Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art). Close by you will find galleries devoted to individual artists, including the Museu Picasso, Fundacio Miro and Antoni Tapies.
Some of the Museums in Barcelona, enough to keep you busy for weeks - Barcelona FC Museum, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Caixa Forum, Casa Quadras, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Institut Botanic de Barcelona, Pedralbes Monastery, Museu de les Arts Aplicades, Museu Barbier, Museu de Ciencies Naturals de la Ciutadella, Museu Frederic Mares, Museu de Geologia, Museu Maritim de Barcelona, Museu Nacionald'art de Catalunya, Museu Picasso, The Espai Gaudi in la pedrera, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, plus many more.
To see the best examples of Catalonia's unique Gothic architecture, you should see the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi. For the best in modernist architecture, head for Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia, and Parc Guell.
The most popular nightclubs are within walking distance of each other down near the harbour area, in Port Olimpic and Maremagnum. The selection is almost endless. There are nightclubs playing techno, salsa, rock, Spanish pop music and more.
Live Music -
L'Eixample district has many live music venues, including the famous Luz de Gas. Bikini, a popular nightclub, also has concerts during the evenings. To enjoy alternative and Spanish local bands, take the metro to Razzamatazz, Sidecar or BeCool.
Discos & Clubs -
In the Maremagnum and Port Olimpic there are a number of discos with plenty of atmosphere and different sorts of music. These two districts have a very cosmopolitan feel, partly because they are mostly frequented by tourists from all over the world.
If you find shopping the best entertainment, prepared to be spoilt. Apart from 10 department stores and shopping centres, there are 11 markets and countless shops to get that little thing you always wanted. Enjoy.