Breathtaking, Beautiful beach town of Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula. This exquisite paradise is in the Catalan City. The City of Colours and flavours. Fun is the first thing that popped in my head when I arrived in this city. Laid back beach culture, enriched with history and exotic food, sprinkled with spanish flavours and culture.
Amazing mountain range of Collserola for all the nature lovers and hikers. Beautiful Mediterranean Sea for all the beach and ocean lovers and the Llobergat river to the southwest and the Besos river to the north for all the boat lovers. It has a marina which is alway busy with cruise ships arriving with tourist’s ready to take on everything Barcelona has to offer for them.
Barcelona is not just a popular destination for tourist from Australia, New Zealand and America, it is also very popular for Northern European countries, the warmer temperatures, nice beach and budget friendly options for accommodation, taxi, food, etc attracts tourist’s and travellers from all over.
Driving in to Barcelona, my first stop was Salvador Dali Museum. This museum is located in a coastal town called Figueres. This town has a great coastal charm about it, the locals told me that it comes alive in Summer. The Museums building is an amazing piece of artwork in itself. The walls are an earthly red colour and the white oval or egged shaped objects get your attention miles before you arrive to the Museum. Wether you are a fan of Dali’s work or not his Museum and his home town is a must visit. His art will definitely get you thinking outside the square. I alway believe there is a beauty in everything, you just have to look hard enough to see it.
Walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Gothic Quarter covers everything from La Rambla to Via Laietana, from Mediterranean saffron to Ronda de Sant Pere. Here you will see a 2000 year old Roman Temple. This area is enriched in history and culture. The tour takes you back in time and gives you the feel of what it was like back in those olden days. Walking is the best way to see this area, but if walking is not your thing you can also get around on a push bike. Remember to stop and smell the roses. This area has so much beauty and it is very soulful, if you don’t take your time to enjoy you will miss the magic.
Hop on hop off tour – East Route and West Route. This is a great way to see all the highlights of Barcelona if you don’t have much time. For around $40 Australian dollar this is an awesome way to get around. It allows you to design your own tour, comes with english commentary, you get to spend more time at attractions you find appealing and my favourite part was, you get to use your ticket all day. I hopped off at every stop to get a more intimate feel of the area and its vibes.
Flamenco dance and Spanish Dinner. This is a must do in Barcelona and I promise you, you will love every minute of this experience. The food is to die for and wait there is more, you also get endless supply of sangria to wash all that scrumptious food down. There are many companies who do Flamenco dance & dinner shows but the one I went to was Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. The dancing was so elegant, the costumes are vibrant and colourful, the music touches your heart and transports you to another world of spanish history. Whether you speak spanish or not, you will find yourself so touched by the music and the dancing.
Coming from a beautiful beach town I was not fussed about going to the beach in Barcelona but I decided to people watch one afternoon sitting in a nice beach bar, relaxing with my Sangria. The Barcelona beach is the place to be during the summer months and swimming in the Mediterranean is a must if you haven’t already. Every bit of the sand was covered with beach towels, beach umbrellas and people. Amazing vibe, fun in the sun, the laughter of people was contagious. I do recommend to drink water with your choice of alcohol on a hot summers day, as one might get carried away drinking too much. ..haha
Cathedral Square, there is always something happening here, you get to enjoy the Traditional Catalan dancing or watch people busking. If for any reason you need to use the toilets, remember you have to pay for them. Its normal $1Euro and it’s always BYO toilet paper. Thats right… How ever if you have lunch or dinner at a café or restaurant, you can use their facilities for free.
Another must visit when in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia – designed by Architect Antoni Gaudi. This was under renovation when I was there. Even then it was breathtaking and Casa Batlló is a renowned building in the Center of Barcelona it is also designed by Antoni Gaudí’s, people say this is his masterpiece. The colour, shapes and shades of this building will blow your mind away.
Last but not the least – The Magic Fountain, this beautiful fountain was designed by Carles Buigas, this is a must see at night. It is definitely beautiful during the day but it truly is magical at night, the colours of light, the music and the atmosphere will captive you. I spent hours watching this fountain doing its magic. It was my last night in Barcelona and what a way to end my amazing journey here.