We shouldn't play favorites but…for Barcelona, it’s impossible not to.

This sunny Spanish city is known for its beauty—from its art to its architecture to its gorgeous inhabitants—pushing it to the top of our recommendations.

For a party scene, make your way northwest of the city center, where you’ll find L’Eixample, the neighborhood affectionately nicknamed Gaixample (the gay extension) by locals and tourists alike. The high-energy party scene starts late (most clubs heat up after 1 am and go strong until 4 am... at least), so make sure you get plenty of beauty sleep.

During the day, make time for some of that aforementioned beauty—like the half-naked beaches of Mar Bella (Llacuna station on the Metro) and Sitges (about 40 minutes outside of the city), Catalan Art Nouveau architecture, the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) and beautiful Gaudi buildings, especially the famous La Sagrada Familia. Coming in August? Be prepared for one of the wildest times of your life at the Circuit Festival, which gathers tens of thousands of your most scantily-clad best friends to party, play in the sun, and celebrate in this Mediterranean paradise.

In case we didn’t say it enough before, get Barcelona on your bucket list—and come back and thank us once you make it there.

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