Headed to Affiliate World Europe?
This July, Affiliate World Europe is headed to Barcelona, Spain for their three day conference. The event is in its fourth year and has quickly become one of the top conventions of its kind. The ThriveTracker Team is looking forward to the panels, exhibitions, and exploring beautiful Barcelona. From incredible museums, majestic cathedrals, and an impressive variety of nightlife, there is no shortage of ways to spend your time in the Catalonian capital.
To help you map out your trip to one of the most popular destinations in the world, we’ve compiled a list of ThriveTracker’s “Must Dos”.
Places to See:
The Sagrada Família:
This basilica is one of the most famous in the world due to the fact that after 140 years, it is still not finished. When it is completed, it will be the tallest church structure in the world. There is no consistent style to the architecture because of how trends have changed throughout the construction of the basilica which makes this a Barcelona must-see.
Barri Gótic (Gothic Quarter):
As the oldest part of Barcelona, spending time in the Gothic Quarter is pretty much mandatory for anyone who loves history. Because of its location right off of the city center, this is a lively area filled with Medieval-era architecture. There are cafes, bars, and charming plazas lining the narrow, winding roads. Throw the map away and just wander; see what you can find!
Things to Do:
Visit Camp Nou:
Home to arguably one of the best and most famous soccer (fútbol) clubs in the world, this stadium hosts the 99,000 fans that come to support F.C. Barcelona throughout their season. Considered a “football cathedral,” even non-fans are amazed by the size and quality of the arena. And if you are a fan, you’ll be in Barca heaven touring the stadium and browsing the displayed memorabilia. This is certainly a fantastic way to spend a part of your day in Barcelona, and it’s even better if you’re there on a match day.
Navigate through the Park Güell:
This public park system is composed of gardens and architecture inspired by Antoni Gaudi’s art. It was opened in 1926 and UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site in 1984. The park features peaceful green space, twisting pathways, sculptures, and mosaics designed by Gaudi himself. The top of Park Güell showcases great views of the city, so bring your climbing shoes.
Places to Eat:
For a more luxurious evening out, a dinner at Acces is the way to go. It’s on the pricier side, but its food will more than justify the cost. The location is perfect, right in the center of the city, and the unique design of the restaurant will leave you breathless. You can observe your dish being made through the open kitchen or be surprised when your plate arrives at the table.
What appears to be a seemingly random shack on the beach is actually one of the most highly rated restaurants in all of Barcelona. Fun, colorful, and known for their exceptional staff, Bo Kaap has a great customer retention rate. The delicious food and view of the beach make this restaurant difficult to pass up.
Places to Drink:
Featuring delicious cocktails and unique bar foods (like crepes), the vibe of Creps al Born makes it a place you won’t want to leave.
This special cocktail bar has no menu; all you have to do is tell the bartender your flavor profile and then marvel at the drink creation given to you.
Tips & Tricks:
- If you’re going to be using the city’s metro more often than not, you’ll get your money out of the 10-trip pass that you can purchase in advance or at any of the metro stations.
- With Barcelona being such a popular destination for travelers, you need to be constantly aware of where your phone, wallet, and camera are at all times. Keep them out of sight while just wandering around!
- Only carry around as much money as you need for each day, not taking it all with you ensures that if you have an issue you’ll still have back-up funds
- Barcelona is a safe city filled with incredible sights, food, and culture, so go out and enjoy!
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