Ciutadella Park / on the metro / Cuitadella Park / lunch at Juice Dudes / Arc de Triomf / Jardins de Laribal
Warning: very long, photo-heavy post ahead.
One thing I absolutely should not have been doing right before the most important exams of my whole degree, was go to Barcelona for the weekend. That said, I did it anyway and I have absolutely no regrets.
I have been meaning to post this for several months now, as it was all the way back in April that I visited, and I had got to the point that I wasn’t going to any more. But, Barcelona is of course still there and people are still going to visit the same places as I did, so in a way it is a bit of a timeless post that I figured I may as well anyway. Plus I got to enjoy looking over all of my Barcelona photos again which now means I want to go back.
My best friend from university (and former flatmate until she ditched me) was on a year abroad in Spain as a requirement for her course, since she studies Spanish. Of course, this is very sad because it means that I had to go a very long time without seeing her when I was used to seeing her practically every single day of my life and sharing a bathroom with her. But it does have it benefits, mainly that I got to travel to Barcelona for the weekend a few weeks ago to meet up with her. She got a bus in from Logrono in the north of the country where she was staying at the time and we met in Barcelona.
I have never visited Spain with a person who actually speaks the language before, and let me tell you it makes the absolute world of difference. I absolutely love the Spanish language and have always wanted to learn it, and that weekend had just made me want to do it even more. Because she had visited Barcelona once before with her boyfriend a few months ago, she already had a fair idea of what there was on offer and what kind of things we could do. Plus, she has a far better sense of direction than I do and I would probably still be wandering aimlessly trying to figure out how to get the metro back to the airport if I hadn’t made her send me detailed instructions.
I did a photo diary of my time in Hamburg in January, which turned out to be a popular post, so I thought I would do the same for Barcelona.
Looking up / Palau de la Musica / walking around in the Gothic Quarter / Catalonia Square / La Rambla / La Rambla – Mercat de la Boqueria
We had absolutely beautiful weather, and it was the perfect temperature for walking about. No sweating and no shivering – IDEAL. I have completely fallen in love with this city and I know for a fact that I want to go back. It is the kind of place that you could go for two days or two weeks and never feel rushed or short of things to do. From the more modern inner city and beautiful parklands to the impressive Gothic architecture and tiny side streets that feel like taking a step back in time, Barcelona very quickly wormed its way into my heart.
City Hall / Cathedral / cable car views
I would also say it is a fairly cheap city to visit, depending on what you are planning to do. There are certainly cheap ways to do it, anyway. We spent a lot of time walking around and seeing the sights, but didn’t go in to a lot of them where you had to pay entry fees. For me, seeing them was enough and we only had a weekend to do it all in. Walking through parks, along the beach and old Gothic streets is enough to satisfy, as it turns out.
I can’t remember how much the cable car ticket cost us (maybe around 20 euros in total for both of us going one way – we got the metro back) but whatever it was, it was definitely worth it. It was all over within five minutes, but the view you got over the city and harbour was incredible.
Jardins de Laribal / National Art Museum of Catalonia / dinner at Tlaxcal / Barceloneta Beach / the weirdest Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had (can’t find the name of the cafe but my phone says this photo was taken on Carrer del Veguer – it was an amazing little place with the best coffee) / ice cream at Dino’s at the beach / Casa Milà / Arc de Triomf (again) / La Sagrada Familia
Another really fun – and cheap – activity we did was hire bikes and cycle along the promenade. It turns out that when you don’t cycle for years, you become incredibly wobbly and it is very difficult to dodge people. But that’s all part of the fun, isn’t it?
The metro is such a cheap and surprisingly easy way to get around the city, once you get the hang of how it works. It did take a couple of tries for me to finally understand it instead of just following Fiona wherever she went and hoping she knew what she was doing (she did).
Phew, that was a long post. Hats off to you if you are even reading this sentence.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? Or is it on your bucket list? If it isn’t, it certainly should be.