Thinking about a Muslim-friendly visit to Barcelona? There are plenty of reasons why you need to visit this beautiful Spanish destination; HalalTrip takes a look at why you should visit Barcelona, as well as the attractions in Barcelona worth seeing and the activities worth doing.
The city of Barcelona is the 10th most visited city in the world and has a lot to offer travelers - pristine sandy beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic places-of-interest and a wealth of recreational facilities. Being the second largest city in the country, it is often considered to be the best destination to visit when traveling to Spain.
Barcelona reflects the rich vividness of European spirit and will captivate first-time visitors to the city with its unique personality and charm. Muslim travelers to Barcelona will be offered sufficient facilities including numerous Halal restaurants and mosques to ensure a hassle-free visit.
Finding Halal food in Barcelona will not be very difficult. Barcelona is home to quite a number of Halal restaurants that offer fare ranging from authentic Spanish cuisine to Middle Eastern, South Asian and French dishes.
Masjid Tarek Ibn Ziyad is the most prominent mosque in Barcelona – having 6 floors – and attracts Muslims from around the world. Muslim travelers could also visit the Islamic Centre of Barcelona which offers a female prayer section as well as function rooms amongst its facilities.
Summer is the most popular time to visit Barcelona, with tourists flocking to the city in large crowds. Summer lasts from late July to around early September and features a hot and humid climate – with relatively better outdoor conditions in comparison to some of the other major cities in Spain during summer. Most of the local schools are on vacation during that time.
Popular summer activities in Barcelona amongst tourists include visiting beaches, events as well as outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and sunbathing. For sight-seeing travelers, some of the best attractions in Barcelona to visit during summer are Parc de la Ciutadella, Park Güell, the Barceloneta Beach and La Rambla.
Parc de la Ciutadella is considered to be one of the most scenic areas in Barcelona and visiting it during summer can be an unforgettable experience. This historical garden features a series of lakes, playgrounds, waterfalls and a city zoo and is the ideal place to visit for a bit of relaxation and quietude.
Park Güell is yet another garden complex in Barcelona which is famed amongst tourists for its unique architectural elements and its famous tiled bench formed in the form of a serpent. The garden area is home to a diverse variety of wildlife including several species of birds and butterflies and will delight any nature enthusiast.
The Barceloneta beach area forms a key part of the neighbourhood and is ideal for travelers looking for sun and sand during their summer visit to Barcelona. It is an excellent place to relax, to swim, go on a jog or indulge in a few outdoor beach sports. Though numerous restaurants are available at the beach, it is best to enquire about the food prior to buying anything.
La Rambla is a crowded boulevard which is a popular attraction amongst both tourists and locals alike. The street is located in central Barcelona and stretches for over a kilometre, offering numerous note-worthy buildings and restaurants. Travelers should keep an eye out for Joan Miró’s pavement mosaic as well as the Boqueria market, which are must-visit spots while sight-seeing.
Numerous festivals and events are also celebrated in Barcelona during summer such as the Primavera Sound Festival and the Festival de Pedralbes which are celebrated during the summer period.
Traveling in Barcelona during summer will be sure to reveal a wealth of experiences!