Barcelona favourites

barcelonatitleTwo more sleeps and then I’m traveling to Barcelona for a long weekend with my girls! It’s going to be soooooo much fun! Right now is the time I’m busy with planning the whole trip, which gave me the idea to start listing my favourite things I did in Barcelona during my previous visits. I’ve been to Barcelona three times before, and loved the city each time. For me Barcelona, with its mild climate, is a fun colourful party city that easily puts me in a good mood.

Here’s a list of things I really loved doing in Barcelona.

  1. Getting to know the great architect Gaudì during a visit at Casa Milà. The thing I liked the most about the house, also called La Pedrera,  was the roof, just look at the pictures! It was like walking through an enchanted place. I’m going to visit his other famous house, Casa Batllò,  this time, I’m really looking forward to that.
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  2. Taking tons of pictures in Parc Güell. I first visited this fairytale like park more than twenty years ago and instantly fell in love. I’m seriously considering visiting again this time around, even though I think the park is nicer in spring when it’s all green and the sun makes the colours of the mosaics pop. Again, let me leave the pictures do the work, stunning isn’t it?
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  3. Ordering tapas on the terrace of a bar in the Port Vell area. Sitting there on the sea, people watching, sipping a cold drink or a glass of wine and enjoying some fine tapas is just pure bliss…
  4. Awakening all the senses at the Boqueria market, the most wonderful food market I have ever seen. The way the food is displayed is just wonderful, the colours, the smell… and of course the food tastes good as well. I’m sure I will love it even the fourth time I’m visiting…
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  5. Eating paella in a typical Spanish restaurant. Just a few hours ago I was researching the best paella in Barcelona and noticed how different the opinions of the people are when it comes to food. What some people think is the best paella in town, others found dry, too salt, or even raw. I don’t even remember the name of the restaurant where I had the paella on the picture, but I will be more attentive this  time around and maybe come up with a nice suggestion or two.
  6. Sitting on the steps of the MNAC while looking at the font magica de Montjuic. I remember seeing these colourful fountains during my first time in Barcelona, but went back to see them all the other times too. Not sure that I’m going to this time around as it’s winter and it will be a bit too cold, also last time I saw them I wasn’t that impressed anymore. I still think  they are nice to see if it’s a warm spring or summer evening and you’re in Barcelona for the first time.
  7. Spend some time walking around Montjuic. I don’t know what it is about this hill, I just like the atmosphere there! You’re in the middle of the city but it feels as if you’re far away from all the stress and the traffic. Of course there’s a nice castle to visit, some good museums, a concert venue and many other interesting things.
  8. Ride a rickshaw around the beach area in Barceloneta, and if it’s warm enough take some time to swim in the sea. Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world where you can combine sightseeing and relaxing on the beach… do you really need anything else? Yep, good food and drinks, but that’s covered in the area too…
  9. Walk around the narrow lanes of the Barrìo Gothic. I know I have been there before, but I only realized how beautiful and precious this area is the last time I was there in March this year. Maybe when you’re younger you don’t appreciate historic buildings as much… I’m really looking forward to explore this are some more this time around so I booked a hotel just in the middle of the Gothic area.
  10. Spend a few hours at the Sagrada Familia marveling at all the details of the architecture. The Sagrada Familia is THE ONE thing to see in Barcelona, so can you believe that I have never been there? There’s a simple reason, the endless queue to get in! I have seen the cathedral from the outside more than once, now I’m looking forward to see the interior and the view from the towers too. I made sure to buy tickets in advance this time so that I can skip the queue. Yay!

Well, I’m sure I will come up with a few more great things to see in the city during the next weekend, I can’t wait! So expect a few more Barcelona related posts in the near future!

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