Travel: 8 Reasons all Scousers should head to Barcelona in 2017
As if you really needed an excuse… but here goes anyway. If you still can’t make your mind up whether Barcelona is worth adding to your list of 2017 travel destinations, we’ve compiled eight reasons the Catalan capital should be a top priority this year.
Whether it’s top class music acts, culinary delights or cutting edge exhibitions, there’s plenty to whet your appetite and have you booking your tickets for Barca sooner rather than later!
Both Easyjet and Ryanair fly direct from Liverpool John Lennon Airport on a daily basis with fares as low as £60 return, there really is no reason not to head to one of the most beautiful city’s in the world.
David Bowie Is’ in Barcelona
Literally. This year’s blockbuster exhibition ‘David Bowie Is’ will come to the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona in spring 2017. If you’ve missed your chance to get a glimpse into the life and times of the legendary ‘Starman’ at London’s V&A , you can still catch it here, in its final European destination. It’s the first international retrospective on Bowies life and career. The exhibition showcases over 300 artefacts from Bowie’s handwritten lyrics and original costumes to photography and music videos, from every era of his dazzling career. ‘David Bowie Is’ has already broken records, as the most visited exhibition in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s history. More than 1.5 million people have already visited this one of a kind exhibition. On display from May 17th at Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37. More info here.
The Sagrada Família
Yes, we’re fully aware that this is a glaringly obvious one. However, La Sagrada Familia has become a symbol of the city and is Barcelona’s most visited tourist attraction for good reason. The construction of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece began in 1882, and remarkably its construction is STILL in progress. It is expected that the city’s magnificent gothic temple will be finally finished in 2026, which will mark 100 years on from Gaudi’s death in 1926, and 144 years after the building work started.
With construction still very much underway, there are still some major structural changes to be made to Barcelona’s most famous building, including the addition of the highest towers on the basilica yet. So even if you’ve already been to visit the Catalan capital’s biggest landmark there will be something new to discover in 2017.
Barcelona is well known for being home to some of the most avant-garde artists in Europe, the city plays host to some incredible museums, from the MACBA museum of modern art, to the Picasso museum right in the heart of the Old Town.
But if you’re visiting Barcelona in 2017, there’s an exhibition that you really won’t want to miss.
Romanesque Picasso – Located in the beautiful Montjuïc park, Museo de Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (MNAC) has held some interesting exhibitions over the past years. Its latest exhibition examines Picasso’s relationship with Romanesque art, a style to which he was dedicated for a long time in his career. The retrospective features over 40 works, focussing on 3 areas; The ‘Virgin from Gósol’, which Picasso saw during his stay in the village; ‘The Crucifixion’, which was a popular theme in the Romanesque art; and the skull, which is also a prevalent Romanesque symbol. The exhibition runs until February 26th at Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc. Booking is advised!
The city now has its first THREE Michelin star restaurant
The Catalonian capital certainly has its fair share of Michelin-starred restaurants, but the Michelin Guide has awarded three stars to a restaurant in Barcelona for the first time ever. Lead by chef Martin Berasategui, ‘Lasarte’ restaurant opened its doors in 2006 and rapidly rose in the ranks of Barcelona’s fine dining scene. So if you’re feeling super fancy, this is a once in a lifetime dining experience you won’t want to miss. However, if you’re not looking to splash the cash, the city boasts a host of culinary delights suitable for every budget. It seems that competition amongst Barcelona’s restaurateurs is about to get fiercer than ever.
Europe’s best music festivals
That’s right, there’s not just one but two world class music festivals which take place in Barcelona each year. The good news is, it seems that the line-ups go from strength to strength. The headline acts at this year’s ‘Primavera Sound’ include Aphex Twin, the XX, Frank Ocean and even the legendary Van Morisson. While over at ‘Sonár’ everyone from experimental house DJ Nicolas Jaar to hip-hop legends De La Soul will be joining the party. Primavera runs 31 May- 4 June, and Sonár runs 15-17th June.
2016 ranked Barcelona as the 16th most Instagram-med place on Earth. An accolade indeed.
After all isn’t it all about getting that perfect pic? Be it a restaurant snap of the local delicacies, or an arty shot of some architectural marvels you’ve managed to filer to perfection. As last year came to an end, Instagram revealed its list of most snap-happy places in the world, and Barcelona Centre came in at a very respectable number 16. With it’s amazing architecture, including the fascinating works of Antoni Gaudí, Barca is unsurprisingly a big hit with the Insta crowd. So, head to Barcelona in 2017 to boast an enviable photo album. If you didn’t Instagram it did you even really go?
Sitges Carnival 2017
If you’re planning a Barcelona getaway this February, then you absolutely can’t miss out on one of the biggest and most anticipated festivals in Europe: Sitges Carnival! Just 45 minutes south of the city lays the quaint seaside town of Sitges, and from 23rd – 1st of March this usually quiet neighbourhood transforms for the annual Carnival, or ‘Carnaval’ to the locals. This wild week long party is renowned for its colourful parades and costumes, and of course, the delectable gastronomies on offer! Although the Sitges Carnival may not be as ostentatious as the world-famous celebrations of the same name in Rio de Janeiro, this Spanish fiesta attracts over 300,000 people each year!
Head over to ‘La Farga de Hospitalet’ for Barcelona’s craft beer festival. In this 3 day celebration at the end of March, you can try new and innovative craft artisan beers both from Spain and around the world. The centrepiece of the festival is a very long bar with 50 beer taps where beer aficionados can sample around 300 different varieties of craft, artisan beers. The festival aims to showcase beer culture and introduce the qualities of artisan craft beer to the public. Perhaps most pleasingly of all, admission is FREE! The Festival runs from the 24th – 26th March, at Carrer Barcelona, 44.
Barcelona may be Spain’s second city, but It’s certainly taking the number one spot on our 2017 holiday hit-list!
By Ben & Rosie of @EnVoyage_
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