Barcelona! Barcelona! Not just a hit record to sing in the shower, Barcelona has lots to offer any vintage loving city traveller. As the home of Screamin' Festival, naturally it's close to our boppin' lovin' hearts but teamed with the fact that it's a haven for vintage shopping, Barcelona is one of our favourite cities. With so much to see, we've picked our best spots.
Where to go for culture?
It's likely you'll have already heard of Gaudi, but no visit to Barcelona is complete without visiting one of his many works. Visited by millions each year, the Basilica of Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona's top attractions and was Gaudi's pinnacle project. Arrive early to take in its impressive grandeur and beat the queues. You can take a guided tour or hire an easy to understand audio guide. Inside the church, you'll find there are no straight lines and no right angles as Gaudi was inspired by curves and the flow of nature. Our top tip, buy tickets on the official website to skip the line! If you're inspired by architecture, hop along to what is considered Gaudi's finest work, Casa Batllo.
There are many ways to see the sights of Barcelona, hot foot it on a free walking tour or try Fat Tire Bike Tours. We can't think of a cooler way to see the sights of Barcelona than on a Vespa, hire a Vespa from Via Vespa from as little as 35 Euros a day!
Where to eat?
Whilst most city slickers might head to La Rambla, a tree-lined boulevard bursting with restaurants and cafes, here at Lindy Bop we like to recommend places a little different to the norm. Take a short journey to the hip neighbourhood of 'El Born', to find the a feast of delights. For breakfast, try Casalolea: a rustic, vintage bar serving up bocadillos and pastries. For tea, head to Papa's for modern, Spanish cuisine in a communal and social environment. As one of the best rated places to eat in Barcelona, book ahead or risk disappointment! If you're looking for an injection of kitsch, try Bananas. An international restaurant serving up a feast in a neon, 50s wonderland.
Where to drink?
If you're seeking a traditional Spanish experience, stay in the neighbourhood of El Born. Close to the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, you'll find an array of cozy bars where you can sip cocktails and small beers (called caña). For those seeking old fashioned charm, fans of gin and tonic will revel in the delights of the Old Fashioned Gin & Tonic Cocktail Bar. Sample a Breakfast at Tiffany's and never feel the same way about gin again! For retro lovers, head to Pub Fiction and try its famed mojitos.
Where to shop?
The bustling 'Passeig de Gracia' is the main shopping street in Barcelona. Branded the 'fashion mile', you'll find international chains and shops mingled with the architecture of Gaudi. At night, the Passeig de Gracia is the perfect place to take a stroll underneath the lit street lights. If it's vintage you're seeking, there are two main streets: Carrer de Tallers and Carrer de La Riera Baixa. On Carrer de Tallers, you'll find an eclectic mix of second hand and vintage pieces. We recommend the fabulous 'Retro City' for well-priced vintage finds. If you're around on Saturday, the shops on Carrer de La Riera Baixa spill out from 1pm, creating a market-style feel. Barcelona also holds regular flea markets. We recommend checking out the huge open-air outdoor market, Els Encant.
Where to bop?
For one week each year, the sandy beaches of Calella come alive with the sounds of the 50s. This year, Screamin' Festival returns to Calella on 15th June for a week of beach parties and boppin' until the early hours. The 50's rock 'n' rhythm festival is a short journey by train or car from Barcelona. For Screamin' style survival tips, check out Lindy Bopper, Christine's top tips here.
What to wear
For Screamin' Festival, you've never fully dressed without a sprinkle of Hawaiian floral. We recommend our Zsa Zsa wiggle dress. Perfect for days in the heat and to guard off the evening chill, it even comes with a coordinating shrug. For busy days in the city, our Matilda dress will keep you fabulously flirty in 50s fashion.