Barcelona is a city that had been on my bucket list for some time, so when Jack and I decided to treat ourselves to this little end-of-summer city break I was very excited. I instantly fell in love with the city, with its fascinating culture and history in amongst the bustling streets and sandy beaches.
We stayed in the Eixample district about 2.5km from the city centre, which was a perfect location. To get around the city we used the Barcelona metro service, which was great value and very easy to use. We purchased a T-10 ticket for €9, which included 10 journeys on the metro/buses/trams.
Day 1 – Morning
On our first day we took a stroll down Las Ramblas, a long tree-lined street full of shops, food stalls, bars and restaurants. This was a great place to explore and we enjoyed soaking in the sights around us. Whilst here we visited La Boqueria, a bustling food market full of vibrant colours and delicious smells. We took a slow walk around the maze of stalls and were fascinated by the huge variety of food and drink that the market had to offer. Before departing for lunch, we made sure to try one of the market’s famous fresh fruit juices.
Day 1 – Afternoon
In the afternoon, we explored two further sections of Barcelona – Barri Gotic and El Born. Unlike the grid street pattern of the outskirts, these two inner city areas had a labyrinth-like, irregular street pattern, making it terribly easy to get lost but also wonderfully easy to discover the city’s hidden treasures, such as the stunning Barcelona Cathedral.
Day 2 – Morning
On our second day we visited Park Güell, one of Barcelona’s very own World Heritage Sites and the best place to see all things Gaudi. We booked this online in advance and decided to go early in the morning, when the park was a bit quieter, to allow us to truly take in the detail and beauty of Gaudi’s building and structure designs. It’s a lovely place to wander around and take photos, especially at the top of the park with the famous mosaic seating, offering fantastic views of the city below.
Day 2 – Afternoon
In the afternoon, we visited La Sagrada Família, Gaudi’s most famous project and an absolute must-see. As soon as we stepped out the metro station, we were in awe at the sheer size of the cathedral and the intricate detail covering each and every surface. If visiting, I would definitely recommend booking online in advance as the entire area was extremely busy. Nonetheless, it is absolutely worth it for the breathtaking interior. The immensely tall columns, branches upon branches of ornate decoration and stunning stain-glass windows all add to make the cathedral one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen.
Day 3 – Morning
On our final full day we went on a Barcelona Segway Tour, which was something a bit different but definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The route was 12.5 km, which took approximately 2 hours, and we learnt a great deal about the city’s past and present. On our journey we ventured through the Parc de la Ciutadella, a luscious green area that includes a small lake, museums and a large fountain. It was clear from the number of people enjoying a picnic here that the park provides a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. We then took a journey around La Barceloneta, which consisted of boat harbours on one side and sandy beaches on the other. We also came across La Vila Olímpica, an area full of modern architecture and interesting sculptures created for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Day 3 – Afternoon
Back on our own two feet, we took a leisurely stroll along the seafront and made our way towards Barcelona’s Port Cable Car. A lift at the tower took us 70 m above sea level and we excitedly (and nervously) awaited our turn to enter the car. Lasting approximately 7 minutes, the cable car cuts across the city, through a central tower, to Montjuïc mountain. The journey offers fantastic panoramic views of the city and you end up in the peaceful Parc de Montjuïc, where you can find a nice spot to take in the view from the top.
We had a wonderful time exploring Barcelona. There are some amazing sights to be seen and the city itself has a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere.
Below is a short video of our trip – enjoy!