Barcelona Once Again
Barcelona is one of these cities you may live in forever or visit very often and always discover new things. I´m tired of counting how many times i´ve been here. And yet another weekend in BCN and it´s all new once again. Here are some things I love doing when in the city…
Everyone Loves Barcelona
City that inspired many: unique, cosmopolitan and friendly. Why everyone loves Barcelona? – You should visit it once to understand….
First time in the city:
- Sagrada de Familia (there is always a line there, but normally it goes fast – go up to the towers for a city view, if open)
- Parque Guell (nice place, it´s not my regular spot only cause it´s just the way too touristic)
- “La Rambla” and “Barrio Gotico”
- Gaudi buildings: Casa Mila, Casa Batllo etc.
- Montserrat (Read more)
- “Paseo Marítimo”- has a lot of bars, seafood restaurants…a lot of life in general
My own Barcelona “must do” list:
- Parque de la Ciudadela (really beautiful park)
- Barrio Gotico (especially in the evening after a rainy day: I so love getting lost in between all its beautiful art galleries, shops and restaurants)
- Eclipse Skybar at W Hotel Barcelona (fancy place with good, but overpriced coctails – a view, worth coming back)
- Visual Panoramic Restaurant (good food&service, a bit overpriced and overrated, but also with the most amazing views)
- Tibidabo (If you are looking for cool roller coasters it´s not the place, go to Port Aventura instead. However, Tibidabo has the most wonderful atmosphere – old, romantic and magical.)
- Camp Nou, live the real football match and see the great Barca in action (Even not a football fan would say it´s once in a lifetime. Most of europeans love football, but in Spain it´s a second religion. Personally i´m more of a Real Madrid fan, but great football is always great football, no matter your favorite team… so I´ve seen Barca playing at Camp Nou a couple of times and loved it too. You can also take a tour if there are no games scheduled. However, in my opinion – to see the actual game is a must.)
More on Food:
Spanish food is already a daily routine for me [lol] so of course, i love paella, jamon, patatas bravas, tortilla, churros etc. but Barcelona is always a great chance for me to eat foods from across the globe. This time i went for Middle Eastern foods, Career Verdi is full of arabic restaurants and there is an amazing fresh backed arabic pastry store called “Principe” nearby. Vegetarian Restaurant Teresa Carles is ok as a healthy option, they have a cool selection of cold-pressed juices. In general, Barrio Gotico has a lot of nice and cozy places. For fresh fruits or juices, drop by Mercado de Saint Josep de la Boqueria, open almost all day long.
- !!careful!! with your wallets and bags (especially when you use the metro), probably 70% of my friends got robbed there…
- Barcelona (and Costa Brava in general) is known as a sunny-beach vacation spot, though in my view, the most beautiful beaches in Spain are in Alicante and Balearic Islands. So every place has its charm, but don’t expect it to be more than it is. Crowds of tourists, strong waves (this is why it was called “costa brava”), artificial or no white sands. Barcelona is more of a cultural capital for me.