After a brief city break to Barcelona, I wanted to share some of my travel highlights with you all! As I have so many, I’ve decided to break this down into two parts; one detailing places to visit and another dedicated to some of the best food and drink spots in the city, as well as information on the budget you’ll need for a city break…
If you haven’t visited Barcelona before, you definitely want to add it to your list of cities to travel to. I anticipated it to be a beautiful city and I couldn’t have been more right! Barcelona’s culture and history is felt strongly throughout the City, with numerous Catalonian flags proudly displayed throughout the various roads and allies which we walked through. Along with this, the monumental statures around the city such as the Arc De Triomf and the ever popular Sagrada Familia Cathedral at the soul of Barcelona, are sights not to be missed!
On the day of our arrival, it was St George’s Day, or Sant Jordi as it’s also referred to. On our arrival it was unknown at this point of the mass celebration which takes place on this day. If you too aren’t aware, on this day each year, Barcelona celebrates with the exchange of roses and books between men and women. The central streets of Barcelona were lined with market stalls selling books and roses and what was even more beautiful was to witness the Casa Batlló garnished with roses. Casa Batlló is another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi’s, along with the Segrada Familia and Park Guell.
On our second day, we used this to visit all the necessary tourist spots such as the Segrada Familia, Arc de Triomf and Park Guell. Unfortunately, we were unable to actually go inside the Segrada Familia as we weren’t aware that we had to pre-book online. If visiting Barcelona, ensure that you do this prior to your visit so you don’t miss out! Tickets I believe are roughly 30€, however if you don’t get the chance to visit inside then there’s no doubt you’ll be just as in awe of it’s beauty from the outside.
Park Guell was next on our list of places to visit, which is another captivating sight with it’s abundance of mosaic detailing. Again, this is another place which is a must-see and due to it’s popularity will also require pre-booking. There is however, another area of the park with views which span the whole of Barcelona. You may be in luck if you get serenaded or find artists ready to create caricatures out of you and your company!
Arc De Triomf, which is located on the northern end of the central promenade, was built by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas in 1888 to represent the main access for the Barcelona World Fair. I kid you not, it’s large stature is so beautifully detailed and definitely a monument to visit. If you stay in central Barcelona, it’s easily a 10 minute stroll to get to. If you’ve visited Paris, you’ll find that there are some similarities with the Arc De Triumphe, however slightly different in their colour, detail and also their purpose.
Overall, Barcelona was an amazing trip from start to finish. A city break that I’d recommend for any keen traveller! Combined with the fact you can get a city break and beach holiday in one, I’d say Barcelona is somewhere I’m definitely excited to return to!
As already mentioned, there will be a second part to this blog post detailing some of places we visited for food and cocktails, as well as providing you with a realistic budget for a short city break!