Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world.
I love the contrast of vibrant, modern culture and beautiful, historic buildings. It is such a pretty city, with winding, cobbled streets and impressive architecture.
There’s something for everyone, whether you like an active holiday or relaxing holiday. I know lots of friends that had been back several times and I’d like to do the same. I feel like I barely scratched the surface!
I visited Barcelona in September and it was still beautifully sunny. I’d planned the trip for my sister’s hen do and it was the perfect send off for her, as well as farewell to the summer.
The best way to see the city is a bike tour. I booked private group tour with Fat Tire Tours, which was a brilliant introduction to Barcelona. We cycled through the city centre, the park and alongside the beachfront. It was so much fun! As it’s quite a big city, it would have been way too far to do this on foot.
Food is always a high priority on my list. Make sure you pop into one of the gorgeous little cafés, delicatessens or bakeries to sample Catalan delights like fresh baguettes stuffed with Parma ham, pesto and cheese. I’d definitely recommend pizzas too, freshly baked in huge pizza ovens and topped with plenty of mozzarella, goats cheese, ham and cherry tomatoes. Of course, you must try at least one paella whilst in Barcelona too!
You can’t go to Barcelona without visiting Gaudi’s infamous basilica, La Sagrada Familia. Make sure you book a basilica tour in advance though, as spaces fill up incredibly quickly! We weren’t able to go up the tower as it was fully booked, so it’s definitely on my list for next time I visit!
Make sure you check out these other tourist spots too!
It is a stunning piece of Gothic architecture, with dramatic turrets and gargoyles on the roof. It’s well worth stopping for a photo, or popping inside too if you have time!
Museu d’Historia de Barcelona:
We were amazed to discover there’s a roman underground city in Barcelona. You could easily spend a few hours looking around the ruins of Barcino. It’s located in the Gothic quarter (along with the Cathedral).
Parc de la Ciutadella:
We visited this park whilst on our cycling tour and it was such a pretty place! There is an impressive fountain and a lake where you can hire little rowing boats to go out in.
This public park was also designed by Gaudi. We only explored the free area of the park but it was still worth the visit! The winding, mosaic seating was really impressive, with vivid colours and beautiful patterns. The view from the top of Carmel Hill was pretty good too. To get to the park, take the metro (Green line) from Las Ramblas to Lesseps. It only takes around 30 minutes.
Font Magica (Magic Fountain):
We only visited the fountain during the day but I wish we’d gone back one evening too. I’ve heard the light display there is awesome!
The city scape merges into the seaside with this man-made beach, lined with ice cream parlours selling the most scrumptious sorbets!
x Morts x