Our New City Guide Series.
We get around here at Black Sheep. Not in a 'free-love' sense, but in our absolute passion to explore every corner of the globe, preferably on two wheels. In what is an ongoing series, we are taking you to the places you won't find in the brochure. Anywhere. Everywhere.
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Barcelona has our heart now and will forever. The Catalonian capital is a thriving, bustling city, full of life and an eclectic and intoxicating mixture of people and passions. Emphatically Mediterranean. Long after the mindless, heartless atrocities that have occurred this last week, it will reign on as one of Europe's most popular and inspiring places to visit.
Like Rome or, perhaps Paris, to attempt to conquer Barcelona in just 48 hours is futile. To master a definitive city guide exhausting. But we encourage exploration. Local residents still confess to unearthing hidden treasures amongst the cities labyrinth of laneways and side streets. If you walk down the same Carrer twice, you'll be lucky. But getting lost comes highly recommended.
The perfect mix of old and new, Barcelona boasts a stunning medieval past, endless Gothic facades and beautiful modern architecture. It has the design clout to rival any of the more established European cities. And is both a cultural mecca and retail paradise. The flagship Zara store on Plaça de Catalunya needs a fold-out map of its own and is well worth a visit if only to behold the opulent former bank building it occupies. But it's the boutique stores and design-led, independent cycling and sportswear brands that piqued our interest.
Antoni Gaudi's fairytale flights of fancy are prevalent throughout the city, and one would find it hard to leave the town without having witnessed his extravagant imprint on Barcelona's skyline. The Sagrada Familía, the most famous of his dallies, is 130 plus years in the making and a swamp of eager onlookers. Save for Dubai, it is probably the only place in the world where the cities most popular tourist attraction is still under construction.