Monday, 30 April 2018

8 THINGS TO DO/SEE IN BARCELONA.



If you follow me on social media, you are likely to have seen that I was in Barcelona for 4 days recently, (you'd swear I had moved there as it's all I've posted about the last week, sorry not sorry). Ugh, I'm getting holiday blues as I'm writing this already.. it's just the most stunning city, I really couldn't have asked for a better first holiday with the boyf.
We have already decided we'll be back as we did see and do quite a bit but we want to see it all, and that's one thing we absolutely loved, there is just so much to see. I have decided to put this post together of things I'd highly recommend you do if you're taking a trip to Barcelona.

1. Wander the Streets



Every corner you turn there's yet another beautiful street lined with stunning buildings, like I honestly couldn't get over it, the phrase of the holiday was definitely, 'aww it's sooo pretty' as it came out of my mouth at least 20 times a day. Wandering pretty streets is what I adore doing so as you can imagine I was completely in my element. We walked everywhere, as we just enjoyed discovering the beauty of the streets so much. We really didn't find ourselves racking up 30,000 steps a day as we were just taking it all in. Definitely take a walk through the gothic quarter as you really get a feel for the history of the city as you make your way through the narrow medieval streets.

Barcelona Cathedral


2. Park Güell



Park Güell was a definite for me as we were planning what we wanted to see. Every picture I came across of the park was simply stunning and the park itself did not disappoint. It was designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi and is one of Barcelona's most famous landmarks for obvious reasons. Entry to the park is free and open to the public, however, to experience the mosaic works etc. you must get a ticket, which can be purchased at the park or online, we paid €8.50 each which I thought was a v reasonable price for what you get.

The park is located on Carmel Hill so as you wander around it, the views you get of the city are pretty spectacular. These views can be taken in from the open public areas of the park which are free of admission.

Then this is some of what you get to see in the ticketed area of the park...Worth the €8.50? Absolutely.




3.  Barcelona's Port Cable Car



We got a cable car from the Port to 'Miramar', which is on the slopes of Montjuic. When we arrived to que up for it they said it could be an hour wait, but we really didn't find the time going and it was 100% worth the wait. We got a return ticket as we presumed where we were going was higher than it was so didn't think we could walk back. We did end up walking back however, as it wasn't nearly as high up as we first thought. We actually thought the cable cars at the port and the ones which brought you to Monjuic Castle were connected but due to our lack of research we discovered that wasn't the case. When we got to the Montjuic Castle cable car, we discovered it's separately ticketed. You could obviously get your tickets for the Montjuic Castle cable car there but we decided to just chill at a bar that overlooked the city from Miramar and to be honest, it was ideal.

Views from the Cable Car
Views from Miramar

4. Camp Nou



I'm not a soccer fan in the slightest but I did want to see Camp Nou, for the boyf it was a must see. I'm not gunna lie, I was very impressed by it all, there are various options you can choose when getting your tickets for the stadium but we went with the standard Stadium Tour which were €27.50 each on the day and I felt that you really do get bang for your buck. The tour is so well laid out and you get access to more of the stadium than I thought you would on the standard tour. We got to see the away changing room, press rooms, VIP areas and more. It's any soccer fans dream tbh.



5. La Boqueria 



La Boqueria Food Market is any foodies heaven on earth. Here, you can get the best and yummiest local produce. Everything from sweet to savoury can be found here with casual and more formal dining also. We were in our element wandering around the market trying new foods, and for very reasonable prices too. We loved it so much that we just had to come back a second time and would have come back more if we had the time. This is definitely one of the best ways to get a taste of Barcelona.


6. La Sagrada Familia



La Sagrada Familia is a ginormous unfinished church designed again by the famous Antonio Gaudi. Construction began in 1882 and it is anticipated that the building will be completed by 2026 - the centenary of Gaudi's death. This building has to be seen to be believed, the detail is absolutely phenomenal, you could spend hours looking up at it and discover a new detail you hadn't seen before, it's spectacular. We didn't end up going inside the church as the tour had reached it's capacity for the day when we arrived so if it is something you'd like to do, I'd recommend booking online beforehand. We were content just staring at it from the outside in awe.


7. Have a Sangria



We thankfully discovered Sangrias and for those of you that don't know what they are, it's a punch of Spanish and Portuguese origin and traditionally consists of red wine with chopped fruit, often with other ingredients such as orange juice or brandy. One of my new favourite hobbies is sippin' Sangrias in the sun. It's a massive deal over there and is available everywhere so make sure to give it a try, you won't regret it, well maybe after a few too many you just might..

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7. Walk by the Marina



A walk along the marina is a must simply because it's so damn beautiful and also you get to creep to the big ass yachts, the marina is surrounded by bars, restaurants & markets so it's a fab setting to have some food and some draaanks.


8. Casa Battló



Casa Battló is another of Gaudi's masterpieces, some man for one man is our Gaudi! We actually got to see it on Saint Jordi (Saint George's Day) and that's why it's covered in these beautiful roses. We got really lucky to be there to experience this day. Saint Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia and is celebrated every year on 23rd April with people gifting each other  roses and books as it is also a celebration of world book day. The streets are lined with book signings, roses and more, it was such a fabulous ending to a wonderful trip. I even got given a rose checking out of our hotel and to say I was chuffed is an understatement.


 I really hope you enjoyed this blog post and got some tips if you're planning a trip to Barcelona! :)

Until next time,
Love Shóna xo

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