Spain

Unique cosmopolitan architecture and an incomparable nightlife on the beach, add in some sangria and paella and you start to get a taste for a typical weekend trip to Barcelona.

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For the cosmopolitan aspect check out La Ramblas, for the historical aspect check out the gothic district, and for a taste of Catalan culture prepare to learn about Antoní Gaudi.

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Barcelona strongly prides itself on being Spanish Catalan. No architect embodies the Catalan culture like that of Antoni Gaudí, a pioneer of neo-gothic architecture and a style unlike any the world has seen.

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His most renowned work being the jewel of Barcelona, the Sagrada Família.

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Although Gaudí was unable to see it finished (estimated to be completed in 2026-2028), this church is unlike any church in the world.

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Mostly inspired by natural elements such as trees, roots, honeycombs, and leaves, Gaudí uses organic tessellations, hyperboles, parabolas, and other mathematics combined with nature to create his unique architectural touch.

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Each pillar in the Sagrada Família has a different sized base in order to make you feel like you’re in a forest.

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Park Güell, which employs a typical Gaudí technique of curving recycled broken tiles into functional pieces of artwork.

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Casa Batlló, a house that completely embodies the element of water and the feeling of Dr. Seuss.

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Shimmering fish scale walls,  facades that evoke the surface of water lilies, and glass that refracts  water in the same way light does.

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Casa Milá or La Pedrera, an apartment complex that gives every single room access to natural light without a single straight line.

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The rooftop of Casa Milá also has many unique statues, which inspired George Lucas’s storm trooper helmets.

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Though exploring the works of Gaudí is fun, the real enjoyment in Barcelona starts at night.DSC_0360 Barcelona has a wide range of bars and amazing clubs, many of which are situated on the beach. Go to Chupitos and get a Monica Lewinsky shot for a unique experience ; )Barcelonaclub

The whole overhype of nightlife in Barcelona is well met at Sotavento.

Prepare to party until 4 or 5 in the morning.

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Wake up late to enjoy a plate licking good Paella and tour of Spanish cuisine, I was lucky to have booked a hostel next to arguably the best tapas bar in Barcelona.

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Creamy yogurt underneath a layer of fresh salmon and drizzled honey. Swordfish, balsamic reduction, topped with a spicy pepper. All paired on top of a crostini, the tapas at Quimet & Quimet were some of the best bites I’ve ever eaten.

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Pair it with a nice Rioja wine, and you’ve got one unforgettable Spanish meal.

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Overall Barcelona is a unique city proud of Catalan culture and unrivaled nightlife.

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