Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction. Work began in 1882 and is hoped (perhaps optimistically) to be completed in 2026, a century after the architect's death. Unfinished it may be, but it attracts more than 4.5 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain.
A pilgrimage site for football fans from around the world, Camp Nou is hallowed grounds. The size is staggering – with a near 100,000-seat capacity, this is one of the largest football stadiums on earth – and during matches, the roar of the crowd, is awe-inspiring. These days, Catalan pride runs high, with fans waving banderas independentistas (independence flags) and giving added resonance to the lines of the club anthem: ‘mai ningú no ens podrá tòrcer!’ (‘we can never be defeated!’).