There are many ways to fall in love with the beautiful city of Barcelona – in my case, it all started on a snowy morning in England, actually. I just woke up, realized that it’s the 16th of April and it is indeed snowing (crazy shit, huh?!?!?), checked the weather app on my phone and it was supposed to be around 25 degrees in Barcelona and I already knew I was in love with the place. So I grabbed my bag, wished ‘fuck you bitch’ to the British Spring and hopped on a plane bound for the capital of Catalonia.
During my short 4 days stay, I found many other reasons to fall in love with this pretty city, here are some of them!
La Boqueria Market
I have to start with this one as I loved this place so trulymadlydeeply that I visited it 3 times in 4 days! This market offers amazing fresh fruit, juices, smoothies, seafood, ham that must’ve been sent from heaven, so basically everything that you’ve ever dreamed of and more (or is it just me daydreaming about food all the time?!). The raspberry-coconut smoothie was one of my personal favorites!
Some of the most famous Gaudi buildings you can visit are the following: La Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens & of course Park Guell. Make sure you book a visit online to La Sagrada Familia to avoid standing in queue for hours. The famous Monumental Zone within Park Guell is free to enter in the end of the day (check the official website for opening times as this can vary in different seasons).
Daaaamn Fanni, back at it again with the food topic! I found the idea of ordering all these small portions of different delicacies especially awesome as someone who suffers from type1 diabetes – I was able to try a little bit of everything, without feeling guilty or having to give myself huge doses of insulin. And God, the quality of the food was ah-mazing!
The beach & all the palm trees!
I don’t know about you, but for me, cities near the sea are an instant love affair anyways, and the beach in Barcelona is so lively and awesome, I just loved the vibes around here. Bring a blanket, grab your friends, grab a beer (or sangria) and just come out and enjoy the sound of the waves, the sunshine and the beautiful coastline.
The Gothic Quarter
The little streets and alleyways of the Gothic Quarter stole my heart as well. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to just get lost here, without further planning! This area is full of ambiance and charm.
Another thing I loved about Barcelona is that there’s plenty of greenery! Parc de la Cuitadella was my favourite. There’s also a zoo in here. And a huge mammoth statue in the middle of the park (quite random huh?). If that’s not reason enough to visit, I don’t know what is.
Brunch and Cake
The best brunch spot I’ve explored in Barcelona was definitely Brunch and Cake. Someone on TripAdvisor has actually described their latte as ‘so good I wanted to bathe in it’. I guess that says it all!
MACBA is the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Barcelona, and if you’re into contemporary arts, this place is a must!! Also, watch out for the skaters in front of the building. I just couldn’t stop watching them, amazing amazing guys.
All sights, museums and everything else aside, what really makes Barcelona one of the best European cities to visit are its people. They are some of the friendliest, coolest folks I’ve ever met and as soon as you get there, you will see exactly what I’m talking about! So just go ahead, book your ticket to Barcelona and let it make you fall head over heels as well!! 🙂
And now, over to you – what are your favourite things about Barcelona and what other places in Spain would you recommend visiting?