What you need to know before you go

    Cosmopolitan Catalan capital Barcelona makes an enchanting first impression, thanks in part to outlandish landmarks by legendary Modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. The flamboyant, fairy tale-like Sagrada Familia church is the city's most astonishing sight, but the multi-hued mosaics and surreal structures of Park Guell give it a run for its money.

    Sizzling summers provide ideal conditions for lazy days on buzzing Barceloneta beach, and al fresco feasts of tasty tapas dishes like succulent grilled razor clams and rich Iberico ham. And Barcelona continues to heat up after the sun goes down, with bohemian bars and pulsing nightclubs to explore.

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