Most European seniors travel to visit family and friends, but a growing number of older adults are starting to travel for fun. A recent survey revealed that 53 percent of adults 65 years and older are taking trips for recreation and leisure. What’s more, apart from the usual cruises and guided tours, retirees also discover the joys of adventure travel and activity holidays in destinations like Barcelona.
Having a vacation at a place that offers various fun activities can be a memorable experience. If you’re raring to go on an epic adventure, here’s a guide to Barcelona for the young at heart. There are several adventures waiting for you here.
Make Your Own Champagne
Living a pensioned lifestyle can be a lot of fun, especially if you have sufficient funds to retire. By budgeting, planning, and investing wisely to increase your retirement income, you can soon live a carefree life that’s full of possibilities. Moreover, you’ll have the means to travel anywhere you wish to go, and indulge in hobbies or pursue your interests as you’ll have more time to do whatever you want.
If one of your interests include champagne or wine-making, then Barcelona is the place to be as it’s where you can make Cava. Cava is a sparkling Spanish wine made the same way as your favourite fizzy drink. Plan on spending at least three hours at a Cava-making workshop held at an old farmhouse where you can learn the intricacies of making this wonderful drink. After, you can taste three different types of Cava before creating a bottle based on your preference. The best part? You get to label and take home your creation as a souvenir.
See a Flamenco Show
In Barcelona there are amazing flamenco performances executed by Spain’s best dancers and musicians. As flamenco is a part of Spanish tradition, you’ll even get to see some older performers dancing alongside their younger counterparts. To get the most authentic experience, head to Los Tarantos, which is one of the most popular flamenco venues in the city.
You can also check out Palau Dalmases, an establishment that’s located inside an actual palace in the Gothic Quarter. Not only will you enjoy a traditional flamenco, but you’ll get to see it performed in a stunning setting. The backdrop leaves you awestruck and entertained.
Flamenco shows are a way to stay young at heart in Barcelona. They may even inspire you to learn a few moves that will surely impress your loved ones back home!
Go for a Stroll on Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is the city’s most iconic street. It’s where you can find vendors, food carts, restaurants, street performers, local art, and so much more. Wear comfortable shoes as this street stretches on for over a kilometer, and this area attracts a lot of visitors. Prepare yourself mentally for braving the crowds especially during the tourist season.
While you’re here, sample some of the foods and delicacies offered at the various candy stalls. There are also professional artists that make portraits / draw caricatures. Don’t forget to interact with the human statues, and check out some of the shops for inexpensive paintings, tapas, and clothing.
Barcelona is a city that provides an inclusive travel experience for everyone. That includes people who are in their golden years. Try visiting these places for experiences that will keep you young at heart. After all, you’re never too old to try something new.