- By John
- On Oct 30, 2018
- Travel Tips
Spain Top Attractions worth to explore
Barcelona has it all: sunny Mediterranean beaches, awe-inspiring architecture and mouthwatering cuisine.
You can start your morning with a coffee al aire libre in the Barri Gòtic, a neighborhood known for its unparalleled variety and concentration of Gothic buildings.
Then you can meander past the sprawling Plaça de Catalunya to Manzana de la Discòrdia, a city block featuring four of the city's most stunning examples of Modernista architecture including Antoni Gaudí's masterwork Casa Batlló, which you can enter for 23.50 euros (around $28).
You'll have worked up an appetite after crisscrossing town, but beware of overpriced, mediocre restaurants geared toward international visitors. The Gràcia neighborhood has yet to be corrupted by mass tourism, and there you'll find a bevy of mom-and-pop joints, such as Bar Casi (Carrer de Massens, 74, 08024 Barcelona) and La Pepita (Carrer de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona), serving delicious local fare.
Insider tip: Tickets to Parc Güell, the monumental park and UNESCO World Heritage site designed by Gaudí, are limited. To ensure you're not barred from a site you've traveled all the way to Barcelona to see, buy tickets in advance.
When to go: It's all about beating the crowds in Barcelona, a city that's become overrun with tourists, particularly in summer. For the best of both worlds -- warm water and short lines -- go in the fall. The best place for leaf-peeping is the Carretera de les Aigües, a shaded 10-kilometer trail overlooking the city's majestic skyline and the open Mediterranean.
San Sebastián, a picturesque city on the Bay of Biscay, may boast more Michelin stars per capita than any other place on earth, but you don't need deep pockets to eat well there.
Pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, make it easy to sample local dishes, like bacalao al pil-pil (cod in an emulsified garlic sauce) and Gilda (brochettes stacked with anchovies, pickled peppers and olives), in affordable one-bite portions.
Insider tip: To feed your mind as well as your stomach, consider signing up for the Secrets of San Sebastián food tour with Devour San Sebastián.
When to go: To make the most of the city's pristine beaches and buzzy indoor-outdoor restaurants, visit San Sebastián in the summer.