Barcelona is a stunning city, so make the most of your time here with our student's recommendations!
The Mediterranean is known for its rich and diverse gastronomy, taking inspiration from its vast cultural and historical heritage. Grab a bite to eat and experience this in full within many nearby and affordable restaurants surrounding the venue, with local favorites being Txokoa, Restaurante Baló, or Can Vador. Udon, Green Spot Diagonal, and L’Angolo Italiano also offer great vegetarian and vegan alternatives beyond Barcelona’s coastally-influenced cuisine.
Take a much-needed break from the long day of debating and representing your country, and enjoy the scenic views in Jardí Botànic, Barcelona’s biggest (fourteen-hectare) botanical garden, located within the picturesque setting of Montjuïc Hill. Home to over 1500 plant species from as far as Southern Australia to the coasts of Chile, Jardí Botànic is a great place to unwind and discover diverse flora from around the world.
Prefer a smaller yet equally enriching stroll? Visit the infamous Park Güell known iconically for its colorful mosaics and nature-inspired architecture. Dubbed one of Antoni Gaudi’s greatest and most impactful creations, the park offers eccentric sculptures and remarkable displays of Catalan modernism.
Described as Barcelona’s most elegant boulevard, Passeig de Gràcia was historically a show of the city’s bourgeoisie at the beginning of the 19th century. In the present day, this 1.5km street is best known for the vast variety of stores it provides, with brands from Chanel to Zara covering the street and into Plaça Catalunya, the latter of which is a must-visit destination for those seeking a blend of vibrant streets, shopping, and contemporary architecture.
With so many food cuisines available, it can be difficult to decide where to eat in Barcelona at times. Visit Fast Eddies, a burger restaurant in El Born for something simpler but equally tasty. Here you can get to know the city and the people deeper. After a tiring day of debating, head here for some excellent music and some well-earned burgers, shakes, and fries. Another amazing restaurant option is Nap Antic and Pizza Local also located in El Born, home to some of the best pizzas with several options and prices.
Barcelona is home to some of the best sunsets along the Mediterranean. A perfect location to view this is Bunker del Carmel, located above Parc Güell. Its origins date back to the Spanish Civil War where they were created to protect from bombing and anti-aircraft fortification in Barcelona. Now decades later, it's home to one of the best viewing spots in the city. It's recommended to come here on a sunny day with no clouds for the best experience. Bring warm clothing since it gets windy and cold!
Right off Placa Cataluyna, Zen Zoo is a nice spot to quench your thirst if you become thirsty while exploring Barcelona. One of the greatest spots for bubble tea in the city is Zen Zoo, which serves a wide selection of beverages, including milkshakes, milk tea, fruit tea, and more. Additionally, it offers a wide variety of tastes and customization choices so that you may entirely tailor each drink to your preferences.
Barcelona has its own Arc de Triomf, it was created for the Universal Exhibition as the gateway to the event in 1888. Now, millions of people visit it every year as well as its neighboring park called Parc de la Ciutadella. Visiting these places never gets old because of their beauty and architecture. After walking through the park and visiting the Arc. Walk around the El Born area and enjoy the beauty Barcelona has to offer.