It’s full of quirky art and architecture, delicious food and incredible street life.
The city has a gothic feel in the Gothic Quarter and a modernist feel represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s spectacular Sagrada Família church.
Restaurants and shops are littered everywhere. The choices from quirky little tapas bars to fine dining are suitable for any eater and the shops range from Chanel to Mango and Zara. (I think it is fair to say that I was in my element)
And if you’re looking for some sunbathing and sailing time, look no further as the stretch of beach is just fabulous and alongside it are the bars and clubs that you may want to visit in the evening time. But we’ll come back to that later.
Where to stay:
Barcelona is an easy city to navigate but I would suggest staying in the Las Ramblas area. It is central, busy and it cuts through the heart of the city centre. There are markets and eateries all along this area, which makes everything so much easier.
There are Hotels and Apartments galore, so do your research and go for it.
Points of interest:
Now, if you are short on time there are certain things you should definitely make time to see. I was only in Barcelona for the weekend (for a good friends hen weekend), and whilst there was a fully packed itinerary due to an amazing hen party organiser, there was still time to do some sightseeing amongst the nights out, cruising the seas, and sunbathing.
There are many bars and clubs on the beach front… but head to Pacha. No really head there. You’ll have a blast.
How to get around:
The main Airport in Barcelona is El Prat or commonly known as Barcelona Airport. The best ways to get from the airport to the city are taxis or the aero bus.
I chose to take the taxi as it is only about 30 euros and takes about 20-30 minutes from the airport into the city centre.
Once in the city the metro will become your best friend and it is possibly the most fun and easy way of getting around. Like any major city with an underground, you’ll know how to navigate the route you need to take. I would suggest printing out a Metro map and taking it with you to save time.
The best ticket to buy on the metro is the T-10 ticket which will allow you 10 journeys around the city.
What is it? Parc Güell is a public park with lots to see, there is a lot of Gaudi’s naturalist phase and it is beautiful to see as you can view the entire city from the top.
How to get there: Getting to Parc Güell is easy. We were travelling from Las Ramblas so we walked to Metro Liceu and got onto the Green L3 towards Trinitat Nova and got off at Metro Lesseps. Once we got off we had a bit of a hilly walk to get to the Park but it was worth it.
What to do: You have two options here; you can either walk around for free and take in the views or you can pay for a tour with some added extras. We decided to walk around for free (mainly because the next tour wasn’t for another 2 hours and the weather was far too hot stand around)
What is it: One of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces; it’s a remodel of a previously built house, and was redesigned by Gaudí in 1904 and has been refurbished several times since. It also houses a museum.
How to get there: Casa Batlló is also on the green L3 line and sits right next to Metro Passeig de gracia (which is the stop that you should get off at)
What to do: You can buy a ticket to go inside or like me; you appreciated the architecture from outside and went off for some sangria and tapas. Casa Batlló sits on a wonderful street full of beautiful shops and eateries so you would be silly not to explore further than one building.
What is it: A Roman Catholic Church designed by… Yup, Antoni Gaudi.
How to get there: Sagrada Família sits on the purple L2 line and the metro stop you need to get off at is… Metro Sagrada da Familia (Easy peasy)
What to do: You can wait in a massive queue to buy tickets and go inside orrrrr you can view it from outside and be on your merry way. It’s a great building to see but, by this point Gaudi will have taken over your senses and you may just want an ice-cream.