Barcelona and Antoni Gaudí, the Catalan architect responsible for some of the city’s most unworldly buildings, have become synonymous over the past century. Famed for his wildly distinctive designs – which feature hobbit-like curved walls and elaborate stained glass window panes – Gaudí’s iconic creations dot the cityscape. His unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, consumed much of his later years – the gothic-inspired cathedral boasts 18 towers and an abundance of Venetian glass and enameled ceramic designs. More fantastical modernism can be found at Casa Batlló, a magnificent residential building built at the start of the 20th-century, or in the fairytale grounds of Park Güell, a public park that he landscaped.
Beloved drinking hole Boadas holds the title of Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar. Opened in 1927 by its Cuban-born proprietor, it’s a low-key place to grab a gin and tonic after a day of shopping along Las Ramblas. If craft cocktails are your jam, Dry Martini continues to wow critics and punters alike with its elegant creations. Catch the eye of a tuxedo-clad mixologist and they’ll whip up a stiff drink – dry martinis are the house speciality. Suitably lubricated, follow the cool kids to La Terraza, an open-air night club perched just above the city on Montjuic Hill.