Top Retirement Destinations: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain is a beautiful destination for those wanting some quality travel during retirement. Boasting great culture, history, and landmarks, it’s one place you don’t want to miss out on. Some Medicare supplement plans may even cover you while you travel abroad.

 

One site you couldn’t even miss out on if you tried is the beautiful, unfinished, Sagrada Familia. Started in the late 1800’s by Antoni Gaudi, this Roman Catholic church and museum has spectacular city views and awe inspiring architecture. Not far from there is the popular Park Guell, famous for it’s Mosaic covered buildings, beautiful gardens, sculptures, and panoramic views. It’s also home to the Gaudi House Museum.

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If you like Gaudi’s famous architectural style, and are also into the performing arts, swing by the Casa Mila. The building is famous for its facade and also hosts exhibitions and performances. Not far away you’ll find La Rambla, a popular shopping district famous for its treelined street and historic buildings. You can find street festivals and popular shops here. For fresh, authentic meats, cheeses, and produce, head over to the popular La Boqueria indoor public market.  Continue on to the Gothic Quarter for authentic Catalan cuisine and trendy bars amongst the narrow Medieval streets. Buy handmade products from the artisans on the streets here or find your next art piece at the weekend art market.

 

La Barceloneta is the perfect seaside neighborhood for beaches and boardwalks. Dine al fresco at the delicious seafood restaurants along the water or try some traditional tapas restaurants. For some spectacular harbor and yacht views, take the cable car up to the famous Montjuic hill. Its historic site is home to a castle and museums, with a beautiful park. Or head to the city center of Placa de Catalunya to marvel at the square’s sculptures and enjoy some time at the shops and cafes.

 

What is a trip to Barcelona without catching a football game with the famous FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou Stadium. If there’s no match during your trip, you can also get a guided tour of the largest stadium in Europe.

 

You’ll get plenty of exercise walking throughout this bustling city and no shortage of things to see. Although many of Barcelona’s popular attractions may be walkable, they also have a vast subway system that will get you to all of your destinations easily. Don’t forget your camera for this trip.