Hola desde Barcelona!
Some time ago (about a year ago, to be more specific) I had the incredible chance to go on a city break in sunny Barcelona. And you know me, I love me some Spain. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world. I fell in love with it about 12 years ago when I visited it for the first time, so of course I couldn’t miss the chance of going back!
The minute I got there I knew I would like it. The architecture, the weather, the food, the general vibe. It puts you in a good mood. Of course, it’s very touristy, but I think that is part of its charm. We visited it at the end of February so it wasn’t exactly the peak season for tourists, maybe that’s why we didn’t mind that much.
What I visited
Casa Milà and Casa Batlló
We didn’t actually go inside, but on our way to La Rambla we stopped and admired them from outside and the architecture is truly incredible. Gaudi was a truly talented man. We visited several landmarks of his artwork.
La Rambla is a long street full of restaurants and gift shops that take to the Aquarium and the Port Authority
This is the perfect place to watch the boats and take o stroll by the sea. One of my favorite places in Barcelona.
The Gothic Quarter
I love walking old medieval streets and trying to imagine how live there used to be and the Gothic Quarter was the perfect place to go back in time for a moment.
Mercado de la Boqueria (Boqueria Market)
You can find it on the left side of La Rambla as you go the Aquarium. It’s perfect to try some of the local food, sweets or fruits.
You can’t go to Barcelona and not visit Sagrada Familia. It’s a must see. Both the inside and the outside look incredible. (Fun fact: To get in it’s a whole process, similar to getting through security in an airport.)
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
This is one of the oldest parks in Barcelona and it has a really cool labyrinth that you can try your luck in.
I’m gonna be honest. This wasn’t my favorite places. The view it’s nice, but there are other better places in the this amazing city. Maybe it was because it was really cold when we visited it…
We also so other amazing places like: Agbar Tower, Plaça d’Espanya, Plaça Reial, Columbus Monument, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Ciutadella Park.
And now, here are my two favorite places:
If you know me, you know I love the beach and the sea. I don’t know why, but I always feel so at home whenever I hear the waves and I feel the sand underneath my feet. So, of course I loved Platja Barceloneta. Granted, I couldn’t take a swim, but simply sitting by the sea and enjoying the view was pure bliss.
This place was by far one of my favorite places of all the countries and cities I visited so far. Park Güell, if you don’t know, has two parts. One of them, which you have to pay to enter, has a lot of amazing architecture by Gaudi, which is truly incredible, as I mentioned before. The other part is free of charge and let’s get to the top of the hill where the park is situated, so of course we had to take a stroll to the top. Let me just tell you, it was breathtaking. The view, combined with the music of the buskers playing classic Spanish guitar, was something out of this world. The warm weather, is was simply perfect. So perfect, that I didn’t wanted to leave. I felt so much peace and freedom, like all my worries disappeared and a burden was lifted of my shoulders. I never felt anything like it before or since then.
What I ate
Well, besides the classic Subway and fast-food that we had on the run as we were visiting different locations, of course I had to try some traditional Paella and Sangria. It. Was. DELICIOUS. Some of the best, hands down. So if you ever go there you should definitely try it.
Would I recommend it?
YES! DEFINITELY! It was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen, but I would recommend you to visit it in the beginning of spring/end of winter as it is less crowded.
I’ll leave you with some classic Spanish guitar music. I can’t help myself.
Have you visited Barcelona? Did you like it?