Barcelona also known as ‘The City of Counts’ is Spain’s second largest city. Located on the North Eastern Coast of the Iberian Peninsula facing the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of the largest metropolitan cities in Europe. A leader in tourism, economy, cultural centers and home to one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Barcelona the name itself enhances the allure to visit this city.

Barcelona is ranked as one of the most popular tourist destination of all times, but why is Barcelona a must-go destination? Here are 10 tempting reasons to pack your bags and visit Barcelona!

1. Barcelona Olympic Stadium:

Nothing beats the aura of sports in this city, Barcelonans are sports fanatics! Barcelona Olympic Stadium is just one of the few reminders that this city thrives on sport and how much influence it still plays in Europe. Originally built in 1927 this stadium is memorable for the Spanish nation as it hosted the Olympics of 1992.

2. Barcelonans and their love for Museums:

As Barcelona is a city that is built on centuries of history and culture the museums in the city reflect not only the nature of Barcelonans but also how much diverse the community is in terms of how much art is appreciated by the locals. Art categories such as Romanesque, Spanish and Science are an important feature of the major museums in Barcelona. The National Museum of Art of Catalonia and the FC Barcelona Museum are the two museums having highest number of visitors!

3. The Columbus Monument:

The Columbus Monument refers to Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America; the monument is a tall one depicting Columbus pointing towards the newly found world with a scroll in his hand. The monument is a major tourist attraction for all the people around the world; also its particular style and structure showcases aspects of the Barcelonan society

4. Sagrada Família:

Declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church in Church in Barcelona designed by the famous Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudi. The design of Gaudi is reflected in the building’s structure furthermore Art Nouveau and Spanish Gothic influence is a prominent feature of the Basilica. Indeed it is one of the most amazing structural designs in Europe!

5. Beaches of Barcelona:

Setting aside the historical and cultural marvels of Barcelona this city is blessed with natural wonders as well. Barcelona is ranked as number one destination for its amazing beaches by National Geographic. In total, there are seven beaches in Barcelona and each one of them is beautiful in its own way. Do not forget to visit Sant Sebastia as it is the longest beach of Barcelona!

6. Opera Houses:

The cultivation of culture, art, and other influences can be seen in the Opera houses of Barcelona as Barcelonans consider opera as an essential component of their city. The Gran Teatre del Liceu is one of the most famous opera houses in Europe! The most skilled orchestral and choir conductors along with singers such as Deborah Polaski make the entire event a spectacle and is an experience that will make euphoric!

7. Sports:

Barcelona is not just about Football as the entire city is engulfed by both indoor and outdoor sports! Looking at Barcelona’s history it has a long tradition of sports of various sorts and the present state showcases that Barcelona is the most influential city in Europe in this department. The second richest football club FC Barcelona which is a world famous club that has supporters from all over the world! And if you’re looking for to visit a stadium then we suggest The Camp Nou which by the way is Europe’s largest football stadium. Other sports such as basketball, Ice Hockey, and Handball are quite popular as well.

8. Architecture:

The interesting thing about Barcelonan architecture is that it has always been evolving ever since its inception. We can observe some of the buildings as having features similar to Catalan architecture and some having traces of Roman inspired designs. Since Barcelona has been home to several civilizations we can observe various influential styles and designs which together form the distinct Barcelonan Architecture.

9. Relation Diversity:

Statistics indicate that Barcelona is the most densely populated cities in Europe and during the last decade diversity in the form of religions and ethnicity can be seen visibly on the streets of this city. The best part is that you will get to meet people from diverse backgrounds especially in the central part of the city.

10. Night’s in Barcelona:

Are you a Night Owl just like me? Perfect! Nights in Barcelona are simply mesmerizing. From Cafes to pubs and nightclubs this city has everything. Imagine spending the evening in an opera house and then having a few beers in a local pub! There are literally countless fun ways to spend the night in Barcelona!

Don’t forget the amazing skyline of the city; it even looks better at night!

11. Aquarium Barcelona:

Located Port Vell Aquarium Barcelona is a big tourist attraction as it is a combination of 35 separate aquariums housing around eleven thousand animals! Fishes such as sharks, rays, and other large fishes can be found. You can take an underwater walk around the aquariums and see some of the most amazing species of fishes in the world!

Ok, Ok, so that was 11, now you can see why you should pack your bags and head to Barcelona. No matter your background & Preferences, Barcelona has something for you! So what are you waiting for?