Barcelona is a city full of architectural delight and an opportunity to drinks loads of Sangria! I decided to take my boyfriend there for his 21st birthday and we both rather enjoyed the city. The buildings are so beautiful and there’s endless things to do there! We stayed for a weekend, but I just wish we had more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and discover more. Obviously it’s a tourist-based city, meaning people try to make as much money as they can from you! Try not to buy into it too much though.
We managed to visit quite a few of the main attractions known to Barcelona, however as we didn’t book any tickets in advance we didn’t manage to take advantage of them fully. So, I recommend picking where you want to visit in advance and booking tickets prior to visiting the city. If you have been to Barcelona before then you already know that there is a very long list of tourist spots to tick off your list. Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Museu Picasso, La Catedral, Palau Guell, Basilica de Santa Maria de Mar, La Rambla. The list is pretty endless, but I do recommend visiting them all!
Park Guell was my favourite place we visited, it’s such a beautiful park and you could easily spend the whole day there if you’re like me and like to stop every 5 minutes to take pictures. Remember to take really comfortable footwear though, you will be walking for a while and it might be worth taking some food along with you as there isn’t many food stalls available there. I wouldn’t say it’s essential to go through the ticketed section, we had an amazing time just exploring the park, but the gardens did look really beautiful! Take the paths up to the higher ground of the park so you can take in the amazing view across the entire city – it’s really beautiful!
Everywhere we went was absolutely amazing, but we found so many beautiful buildings just by walking around the city and discovering unique places. I really would recommend just wandering around the paths, it means more walking but it is really worth it! Our hotel was really close to La Rambla, which is a long strip filled with restaurants and shops and it gets insanely busy, so to avoid that we would walk down the windy little paths and there’s so much to discover.You could spend a whole day just walking around the city and you would not be disappointed, but obviously you do still want to visit the main attractions!
Mercat de la Boqueria is a market just off La Rambla and I can’t explain how excited I was walking around it. It’s honestly the best market I have ever been to and I highly recommend going there! There are endless stalls that sell fresh fruit, smoothies, ice cream, nuts, fresh vegetables, fish and meat. It’s insane! There are so many flavours of ice cream – basically you have to go there!
In terms of getting around the city we chose to use the Metro, it’s pretty similar to the Underground, so if you use the tube often you’ll have an advantage! It’s really reasonably priced and if you want to get a lot done in one day the Metro is definitely a good idea! Obviously there are tour buses that you can get on too and the Runner Bean Tours offers some great opportunities to make the most of your trip in Barcelona. I do recommend researching in advance the method of travel you’d prefer and gain an understanding of the Metro if you are going to use it, just so you don’t have to stress about it when you’re there.
So that’s my round-up of Barcelona, I hope you got some ideas if you’re considering visiting this beautiful historic city. Let me know if you have ever visited and where you recommend going – could be a restaurant, cafe or an attraction I didn’t mention. Leave a comment down below!