Five things to do in Barcelona
1. Stay at the Casa Camper: Fabulous hotel, excellent location, just off La Rambla. The bilingual staff will assist with day trips and dining. Rooms overlook a wall of giant potted aspridistra. Free breakfast and lunch snacks. Separate terrace bar with city views. Close to the tourist bus, or bicycles are available.
2. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia: One of the world's most stunning churches. The interrior structure of the Antoni Gaudi masterpiece is abstracted from nature and resembles a forest of trees with sunlight poking through. It belongs on your bucket list. Gaudi's Park Guell on Carmel Hill is also a must-see. At the entrance sits a giant mosaic salamander leading up to an enormous patterned terrace with panoramic views over the city. Gaudi's personal residence, Casa Museu Gaudi, is also located here and showcases his private rooms, furniture and design.
3. Girona: Explore the medieval town on a day bus trip and go on to the Salvador Dali Museum at Figueres, home to the master's surreal paintings, sculpture and jewellery. An unforgettable experience.
4. Picasso Museum: Located in the El Raval district, it occupies a medieval mansion and houses over 3000 works from all periods of Picasso's career. Then catch the tourist bus to the Joan Miro museum on the mountain Montjuic.
5. Eating out: Pop into Bar Centric and mingle with the locals. It's a small venue with great wine, tapas and music. In the evening dine at Dos Palillos, a couple of doors up from Casa Camper, for delicious Asian fusion degustation. Bookings essential.
Fact file: A sightseeing bus leaving from Placa de Catalunya, a three-minute walk from Casa Camper, will take you around the city with easy drop-off points for most of the major attractions.