Travel By Kate Torrone / September 12, 2015 Among the European destinations popular among single women for vacations, Spain has a cosmopolitan vibe yet retains its old-world charm. Barcelona may only be the second largest city in Spain, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint the traveler. Barcelona should be part of the itinerary for vacations for single women who wish to travel to Spain. It is a beautiful old city that dates back to Roman times – 2,000 years ago. A lot has changed since then, but the charm of the old city is still there. It serves as a backdrop for the high-rise buildings that stand as a testimonial that the city is indeed flourishing If you wish to add a stop in this city to your vacation, the best time to visit this old city is in August, which is the peak time for visitors. If you prefer to enjoy your vacation during the off-season, you can do that during the first two months of the year, and if you’re lucky, it won’t rain. The weather can be chilly, but not too cold at this time of year. But of course, any time of the year is a good time to visit this wonderful city. Gaudi is synonymous to Barcelona. Almost everywhere you look, you will see the works of Antoni Gaudi, which is not surprising, considering that it was the home of Gaudi, the father of Catalan Modernism. Here are some places to visit that you should put on your list of things to see during your vacation in Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia–or to give its full title, the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. The cathedral is Gaudi’s masterpiece; however, this Gothic, yet modernist-style church, is still a work in progress – even now,long after Gaudi’s death in 1926. Gaudi himself worked on this church for almost half of his life. The cathedral features towers, spirals, and stained glass windows depicting Christian symbols. Park Güell– This was an ambitious concept right from the beginning. Designed as a garden city containing houses for the aristocracy, it aimed to make use of the land without cutting down a single tree in the area. You can visit the house where Gaudi lived, which has been turned into a museum. Gaudi’s mosaics are everywhere, and the mosaic tiles he used come from ceramic factories nearby. For a stunning view of the park and the city, climb up the hill to the incredible terrace area Casa Batlló– This is an amazing house built by Gaudi for Josep Batlló, who was a wealthy aristocrat. Sticking to his Gothic inspirations, Gaudi created the pillars of the buildingto look likebones – while the balconies resemble skulls. What is interesting about this is that Gaudi successfully mixed both Gothic and futuristic elements. Don’t forget the tapas Gaudi might have stamped his mark on Barcelona, but that is not the only reason why this Spanish city should be part of a vacation. Tapas, though not native to the Catalan province, have also made this city popular among tourists. There is a tapas bar on practically every corner of the city. Be sure to be adventurous and taste all the different kinds of tapas! Barcelona is a wonderful place to visit – for all the right reasons. You should visit the city and see for yourself.