Barcelona is justifiably renowned as a serious party town. It has an enviable reputation as one of the best cities in Europe (if not the world) for a really fun weekend. So what do you do when you can't drink anymore or are too hungover to think too hard?
Where to Party
Much of the partying happens around the University with its teaming gay village and around the two mile long Las Ramblas – but look a little closer and whole other world opens up to the visitor.
As you wander through the The Gothic Quarter the history of the city starts to come to live. The focal point of the Barri Gothic is the stunning Cathedal. Most of the building was created in the 14th century on the site of earlier religious sites with a church recorded here in the 5th century. Having taken 150 years to build the interior is a stunning example of Catalan Gothic and unlike many huge churches has a real spiritual quality. Much less busy than Gaudi's Sagrada Familia .
Close by is the hugely popular Picasso Museum. Housed in a series of medieval mansions the museum is massive and visitors – even with the online queue jump tickets – need to expect massive queues. Not for the hung over.
If you want to see some 20th Century art pay a visit to the small but really fun Dali Museum – you won’t have to deal with lines of tourists and this little gem of a museum allows you to get up close and personal with some of the genius works of Dali. If this whets your appetite to explore more Dali – then a trip to Figeures about an hour away is well worth a trip.
Overlooking the city this hilly neighbourhood is home to The Olympic Stadium and the whole area is a great area to wander around – great to clear the head.
Hit the beach
The beach at Barcelonetta is a magnet for the fit and healthy. The promenade is over 3 kilometres long - but it's worth the walk.
Where to eat
Can Vilaró - in front of the Sant Antoni market does amazing catalan cuisine and is really reasonable (no website but easy to find).
7 Portes - Arguably the best paella in Barcelona.
And if all else fails - head for a real pharmacy - if it says parafamacia it only sells herbal remedies (don't say we didn't warn you!).