This city on the Mediterranean coast offers sunny beaches, open-air markets, epic food, and historical architecture you’d expect from a European destination.

As the second-largest city in Spain, you’d be right to expect all the energy that comes with a metropolis. A beautiful skyline rises above a sprawling urban center that stretches to the Balearic Sea. While bustling in the daytime, Barcelona really comes alive at night. This is a true 24-hour party city if there ever were one, so if you’re looking for things to do in Barcelona at night, you won’t be disappointed. From cocktails at sunset to live jazz and flamenco bursting out onto the streets, to clubs that don’t even open until after midnight (or later!), boredom will never be a reason for heavy eyelids.

This is Europe, so you’re right to expect mornings (or afternoons, depending on when you end up rolling out of bed) spent enjoying delectable coffee and pastries at outdoor cafes and strolling through open-air markets shopping for everything from fresh fish and produce to local crafts and piping hot meals. Speaking of great food, plan plenty of time for eating when deciding what to do in Barcelona. You’ll want to try all the flavors, like small, rich tapas plates, pans of paella the size of large bathtubs, and Galician seafood pulled out of the water that morning.

Barcelona perches over the Mediterranean, meaning you can also expect all the luxurious amenities of a resort town. Swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding under the Iberian sun are irresistible. If you’ve (gasp!) forgotten your bathing suit, enjoy the sea from elevated, panoramic views in the mountains or simply atop one of the city’s historical temple columns instead.

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