Barcelona is a magnificent city, every time you travel there you have a different experience and you see things which you didn’t notice before. Also, it is the perfect destination for the weekend getaway.
Be aware that the first language of Catalonia isn’t Spanish but Catalan! It is a mixture of French and Spanish. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, which is a region in Spain that has a separate language, culture and traditional meals to the rest of the country. Those are a few reasons why you should visit this astonishing city!
Barcelona is famous for its monuments dotted around the city. The most popular architect is Antoni Gaudi whose works are highly respected, like the La Pedrera, Casa Vicens, and the Parc Gúell. Barcelona has many buildings, cathedrals and churches that helps you to soak up the rich history of the city.
The park itself is free and you can easily enter it, although the colorful tiling is in the monumental zone in which you need to buy a ticket. You can do that online or next to the gates, but you have to consider that you buy a ticket for a specific time and you have only 30 minutes to enter the monumental zone. After you enter the zone you can be there as long as you want. Despite this restricted system be mentally prepared for a lot of tourists and that it will be pretty hard to get a perfect shot without hundreds of selfie sticks in the background.
The first time when I visited Barcelona we made a mistake and we waited until I think 7 pm when the entrance to monumental zone is free. Trust me you don’t want to do that, because it gets dark very fast and you can’t see anything. We had to use flashlights on our phones to see the beautiful tiles and we couldn’t make any photos.
the architecture is fascinating! The whole place looks like from a dream, like it is a gingerbread house made from candies. Mosaiced colorful benches, archways, balconies everything is just breathtaking and it wakes up the child sleeping inside.
Sagrada Familia is the combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles and it looks so crazy! It reminds me of evil villain’s castle in cartoons which should be surrounded by dark clouds and a storm. Except it’s in the middle of the sunniest city in Spain. I love it and I hate it at the same time. Actually, we made a funny mistake when we visited Barcelona for the first time, we took the photos of the front of Sagrada Familia and that’s it, we didn’t go around the church and actually we saw only the Gothic part of Sagrada Familia. Make sure to walk around the Sagrada Familia.
Castell de Montjuic
The entry to the castle is only €3 or free on Sundays but it looks fair price, because there’s absolutely nothing there. Only one corridor, some walls and a small rundown garden. Although, I would still add the castle onto your Barcelona bucket list, because of the city’s panorama. Over the South walls from the castle the view were over an industrial shipping port with rows of metal cargo and ships. It was not so nice sight. Although the views over the city on the opposite side were much nicer, you could see all the main objects in the city.
Arc de Triomf
I just want to make a point that I am not a huge fan of this kind of architecture. A lot of European cities have those arcs and I thought that if you saw one then you saw it all. However, this Arc de Triomf was quite impressive, because the whole atmosphere there were so energetic and you’ll spot it from a while away. When you walk from the Arc de Triomf, down the palm-tree lined promenade you will hear and see street artists, kids jumping around, people blowing giant bubbles and laughing tourists. It was such a vibrant and lively vibe.
Another reason why you should visit this amazing city is for the culture and art. Artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali helped Barcelona to get famous from artistic side.
Picasso is one of the most famous artists, which is why the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona is so popular. While Pablo Picasso is best known for his cubist paintings, you will not see it in this museum. This Picasso Museum shows the artwork which he did during the early part of his life.
I really enjoyed this museum and I highly recommend it.
I think you heard about Las Ramblas, because it is the main street of Barcelona and the city center. Take your time there and absorb the architecture of the place. Walk down the pedestrian area that runs down the centre of this street. Here you will find a lot of souvenir shops, cozy restaurants and everything which you need.
In Barcelona there are miles upon miles of wonderful beaches to explore. One of the most popular is Barceloneta beach which attracts people all year round. There are plenty activities to do, including water sports or you can just relax and watch surfing people at the beach.
Port de Barcelona
Take some wine and Paella at the local restaurant and enjoy the view of Port de Barcelona. Those lined up yachts and sailboats are so beautiful that it is impossible to forget that view.
Watch out for your belongings!
Unfortunately, Barcelona is also known for pickpockets and I also have a bad experience with it, so make sure to stay safe during your trip. Read my blog : “How to stay safe while traveling”.