We visited Barcelona on 6th to 9th of March 2019 and even though we had a short stay, it was honestly one of the best cities we visited. This is our travel summary.
On Wednesday 6th of March, we were having issues with the distribution of our luggage weight at Paris airport (we had packed 3 bottles of red wine to bring home 😂) and after 3 stressful hours, we reached Barcelona with feelings of relief and caviar in our hands.
We checked in to our airbnb with ease - the host was friendly and helpful. On a side note, after staying at so many hotels throughout our journey so far, it was quite difficult for us to stay at this airbnb because we had gotten used to the luxury of comfort and cleanliness. It was the only airbnb we booked for our entire Europe trip and we regretted not staying at a hotel. Call us posh but we loved coming home to fresh towels after a long day of exploring a foreign city. If airbnb is your style, don't let this discourage your options.
After checking in, we headed out to explore the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. We stumbled upon Casa Dorita where we had a delicious mediterranean meal.
The next day we started our tour of Casa Mila, aka La Pedrera at 10AM. This is one of the famous tourist locations of Barcelona, created by famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. Read more HERE.
Since it was still early, not many restaurants had opened yet. We stopped by El Fornet (a chain cafe) to get some breakfast.
Palau de la música catalana
Afterwards, we headed for our 12PM tour of Palau de la Musica Catalana where we were able to watch young students perform.
We had a late lunch of tapas and sangria at Cerveceria Catalana. We ate around 2-4pm. Drunk off 1L of sangria, we stumbled our way through the streets of Barcelona, passing by Placa de Catalunya, to Mercado de La Boqueria (markets) down to the Gothic Cathedral.
While exploring the surrounding areas of the Barcelona cathedral, we found this stone decoration outside Casa de l’Ardiaca. This is the "Lucky Turtle", rumored to give good luck if you rub his shell.
For our dinner at 8pm, we stopped by a random restaurant in the alleyway. It had a rustic mood, with odd frames and old chairs. We did not like the paella or squid as much as we would have liked. For €20 each, we felt it was like a tourist trap.
Back to exploring, we did not go inside the cathedral. At this point in our travels, we were a little exhausted of seeing ancient exhibits. Instead, we enjoyed the peaceful stroll through the warm, old alleyways of Barcelona, stumbling upon different night markets with funky gadgets and antiques. We found a merchant selling ancient pocket watches - almost spent our wallets there. We found the "Kiss of Freedom" too!
Finally, after a long first day, we headed home to our airbnb. Along the way, we stopped by a grocery store where Mick had the funniest interaction.
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
On Friday 8th March, we rushed out the door to see the famous, not-finished Sagrada Famila at 10AM. Read more HERE.
After working up an appetite, we found Caravella for brunch. Read more HERE.
Next, we made our way to the famous Park Guell, where we had an eventful journey and a romantic afternoon.
In the afternoon, we wandered around the streets of Barcelona. Mick indulged in jamon iberico, cured ham - a specialty of Spain. And I made the horrible mistake of ordering a frappuccino from Starbucks. Why? Because on Saturday 9th March 2019, I would suffer the worse 24 hours of my life. To focus this post about Barcelona, you can read about my fuck-up HERE
For dinner, we ate at Cerveceria Catalana, again (HERE).
We had a very short stay in Barcelona but it was one of our favourite cities throughout Europe. The vibe was chill and almost...groovy? Food was amazing!!! 😍 There was so much variety in food and everything was well made and delicious. Sangria was cheap everywhere!! And Jamon Iberico... 🤤
Finally, we loved the Spanish people. We found everyone really friendly, accommodating and happy. From the woman who helped us to Park Guell, to the waitress at Casa Dorita, the entire 2.5-3 days in Spain was lovely and we can't wait to go back and explore more.
Thank you for reading! Adios!