Barcelona hosts the second Act of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ as it returns to the city for the second consecutive season following its debut in 2017.
The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia is a major tourist destination and one of the world’s leading cultural and economic centres.
What time zone do I need to set my watch to? UTC+2
What will the weather be like? The city averages 24°C during the day so light, summery clothes are the best choice.
What should I see and do while I’m there? The curious towering structure of La Sagrada Família, a church designed by world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí, is a must see when in Barcelona. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you will see many examples of Gaudí’s distinctive modernist work dotted throughout the city, including Casa Milà and Park Güell. For a true taste of Catalan culture head to the Gothic Quarter and take a stroll down La Rambla, the city’s most famous street. Here you can see a theatre show, visit one of the many art galleries, grab some tapas or even take a cookery class in La Boqueria, which is hailed as the city’s best food market.
What traditional delicacies should I try? Tapas - a traditional Spanish cuisine - comes in all shapes and sizes but one of Barcelona’s most iconic dishes is ‘la bomba’, a large stuffed croquette that was inspired by the grenades used by anarchists during the Spanish Civil War. Pan con Tomate is a quintessential Catalan tapa consisting of white bread rubbed in tomato and drizzled in oil and salt and is a great addition to any meal.
Any interesting facts? Work began on La Sagrada Família in 1882 and it remains unfinished to this day. It is scheduled for completion in 2026, a century after the death of Gaudí. Despite being incomplete, the architectural masterpiece attracts 2.8 million visitors a year.