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We sat down with Carlos Sainz for this Spanish-themed travel blog, given his upbringing, hoping to pick his brains and dig for some inspiration. By the time we had said Barcelona, Carlos had welled up, stood on his chair and started singing from the top of his voice the immortal lyrics:
“Barcelona – it was the first time that we met. Barcelona – How can I forget. The moment that you stepped into the room you took my breath away…”
By that point, it was dictaphone off, Carlos out of the room, and back to the drawing board. Thankfully, we see a lot of Barcelona due to Formula 1 winter testing. Our knowledge runs so deep, some may call us Barcelonians. Or Barcelonites… Whichever you prefer.
Did you know, for example, that our home away from home, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, was designed to represent a crab poised to fight? Yep, once you see it, it will never leave your mind. Setting aside for a moment the fact that we just made that one up, experts have also agreed that the track layout looks a lot like the Pokemon Geodude. Feel free to look that one up in your own time.
Barcelona itself is widely regarded as one of the globe’s most beautiful cities and has inspired huge names in the music industry to create their hit songs; none more so than Freddie Mercury (before Carlos ruined it), Ed Sheeran and George Ezra.
In terms of architecture, the Sagrada Familia is a real standout in the city and remains one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Antoni Gaudi, a maverick of the architectural world, designed it and combined Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms for his masterpiece. He just forgot to complete it, and to this day, it remains unfinished! The building boasts eight spires which pierce the Barcelona sky, and, after one too many sangrias, the structure is easily mistaken as something more likely to be found in an episode of Game of Thrones…dragon included.
Another landmark which stands proud is the mightily impressive Nou Camp, home of Futbol Club Barcelona, the 24 (soon to be 25) times LaLiga winners, also known as Lionel Messi and friends. 90,000 people squeeze into the colosseum-like structure to watch their heroes do battle, and by heroes, we mean Messi. Carlos is a Real Madrid fan so we’ll go no further on this topic…
It’s impossible not to mention food in a travel blog. We like food. No, actually, we LOVE food and there’s plenty of choices in Barcelona. Seafood is the classic go to, but what could possibly be better than sipping a nice cold Estrella Galicia 0,0, while scoffing copious amounts of Jamon on the Barcelona beach!? Dreamy.