Surrender yourself to Barcelona, home to eclectic culture where passionate nightlife, unique architecture, and delicious tapas all come together. This weekend also coincides with the epic Abroadfest. During the day, you'll be entranced by this culturally diverse city overrun with works of art by Gaudi, Picasso, and Dali. Whether relaxing on the beach or getting caught up in the bustling city life, you'll never forget Barcelona's rare blend of modernity, old Spanish tradtion, and Catalan roots.
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The trip departs Florence from the Santa Maria Novella train station. The meeting point is in the International Ticketing Hall opposite tracks 8 and 9. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Barcelona is by private luxury coach with A/C, DVD, and bathroom. We make one 45 minute stop. Upon arrival to Barcelona, we will immediately check into our accommodation.
At 11:30 Friday morning, after some breakfast, we will meet in the hostel lobby and head out on an included walking tour of Barcelona. The walking tour will take us through the beautiful neighborhoods of Barcelona while covering a brief history of the city. After the tour, you will be taken to one of the most delicious sandwich shops in all of Spain, Bo de B. Next, your trip leader will accompany you to the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s famous church that has been under construction for hundreds of years. You can also explore Parc Güell, the Picasso museum, the beach, the gothic district, or just wander around and get lost in Europe’s most beautiful city.
Later in the evening, your trip leader will be available for dinner recommendations. You can taste-test typical Spanish dishes including tapas, paella, or tortilla at different restaurants throughout the city.
Friday night, your trip leader will direct you to the venues for Abroadfest. If you are not attending the festival, your trip leader will direct you to other options in Barcelona’s famous nightlife, including popular bars such as Los Chupitos or Oveja Negra, and ending at one of the rocking nightclubs.
Saturday morning, your trip leader will meet you in the hostel lobby to explore Antoni Gaudi’s famous park, Parc Güell. This gorgeous park is known as one of the largest architectural works in Europe, containing the best views in all of Barcelona. After, your trip leader will inform you how to get to Barcelona’s top sites, including Montjuic via cable car, the Picasso Museum, the beach and more.
Your trip leader will be available again for dinner recommendations.
Saturday night, your trip leader will again direct you to the venues for Abroadfest and Springfest. If you are not attending the festivals, your trip leader will provide suggestions for exploring more of Barcelona’s famous nightlife, including Le Cyrano and the beach clubs.
Sunday morning we depart for Florence. Meet in the hostel lobby for departure. We will make one 45 minute stop for dinner.