With last year’s British Summer being a bit of washout, James and I decided we needed some sun and booked a short trip to Barcelona. I had been to Barcelona a few years ago and loved it, whereas it was the first time for James but I knew it was just what we needed. If you’re decidedly fed-up with Winter and in need of some spring getaway inspiration, hopefully this blog post can help.
Barcelona is a fun city that has everything; beautiful weather, amazing architecture with interesting history, a great food scene and all within a stone’s throw from the beach. Living in this city locals must lead a great way of life.
I know you can find lots of guides on what to do in Barcelona, but I thought I’d create our own. We crammed a lot into the few days we were there but I feel the below are things you should definitely not miss out on.
We went to Barcelona in July when the it was swelteringly hot. The idea of walking around getting from one tourist attraction to the next didn’t bear thinking about. If you’re going in the Summer, I would recommend one of their hop-on, hop-off buses. The city is actually pretty spread out so it’s probably worth doing all year round. We got to see all of Barcelona from the top of a breezy open-top bus, getting off when we wanted to explore somewhere a little more.
You can’t escape the wonderful works of Gaudi in Barcelona, his work is everywhere. There are even replicas and copy cat buildings dotted around the city. Guell Park is free to wander around and explore, however Gaudi’s Mosaic Park is a paid-for exhibition where you’ll see the famous mosaic lizard. You can climb to the top of Guell Park that gives you fantastic views across Barcelona. Even in the heat, it’s worth the climb.
Another jaw-dropping piece of architecture by the main man, Gaudi. Both the inside and the outside of the Sagrada Familia are outstanding, and still yet to be completed. The large stained glass windows cast vibrant colours across the inside of the building, highlighting the intricate details Gaudi planned out in his drawings. A must visit on your Barcelona trip.
Taste some tapas
A bit of an obvious one but take advantage of the authentic Spanish tapas. Although the region isn’t known for eating a lot of tapas, they still serve up some of the best. One of my favourite foods during the Summer was Padron peppers and I thoroughly enjoyed having my fill of these whilst we were away! On my last visit I did a Tapas food tour which is also a great way to try out some of the best Tapas in the city.
La Boqueria Food market
I would be very surprised if you came out of this food market without being tempted by at least some of the treats on offer. With hundreds of stalls piled high with food, it’s a feast for the eyes. There are sweets, spices, meats, fish, cheese, smoothies, fruits, vegetables – you name it, it’s here. It’s easy to get lost in too, there are stalls selling the same thing, so it’s hard to know if you’ve passed them already. Go hungry, you certainly won’t leave empty handy.
A pretty spectacle for an evening in Barcelona and very popular. A few evenings a week you can gather around the fountain to watch it light up and dance to the music – not entirely in time to it, but the water bursts up high, often spraying the crowd with a mist of droplets when it falls. It’s a bit of fun and you can dance along to the music, and then walk along the parade to check out the street vendors.
You should at least give yourself a break from all the sightseeing and enjoy a couple of hours on the beach. Catch some rays on the sand or take a dip in the sea. There are also an array of bars and restaurants just a short stroll from the coast so you don’t have far to go when you start to feel peckish.