I have to limit myself to visiting Barcelona every second summer because I would never go anywhere else! The Catalan capital feels like Sydney in Europe to me - the perfect example of a seaside city: big but not too crowded (by a Londoner’s standards anyway), spreading out of the central area to a number of really interesting districts, such as up-and-coming Poble-Sec, lefty heaven Gràcia and Dalston-like El Raval (which is where I prefer to stay). In the summer it is hot and cheerful, saturated in colour and sunshine. It would be hard to ever grow bored of this beautiful city.
This first weekend of the month staple of Barcelona well deserves its popularity. A mixture of food trucks, flea market and music, the atmosphere is friendly and easy-going. The market also helps to promote local arts and crafts and small traders. It feels like everyone is out... General advice would be to ensure you get there on the early side, or well after the lunch rush. The line to get in can get busy during lunch time.
One of the major works of Gaudí in Barcelona attracts millions of tourists all year round. A must see landmark. Art Nouveau landscape-architecture has been designated a UNESO World Heritage Site. The park is set into the hills overlooking Barcelona. Serpentine terraces, seats, galleries and arcades run with the mountainside. Truly captivating experience, inspiring and very relaxing. On a hot summer day or evening make sure you bring some water, comfortable walking shoes and a map.
Four kilometres of beach with a delightful sea-front promenade featuring turn of the 20th century colonial "Indiano" mansions on one side and the sea on the other, makes it always a good excuse for a trip to Sitges.