Barcelona is one of the most dazzling, energetic and vibrant cities in Europe. Due to its delicious sangria, gin and wine. It’s rich history and culture and rare or I should say unique, uncommon architecture, mouthwatering paella and warm weather are what make Barcelona worth the visit. And what makes it’s super fun to be back in the city. Barcelona is also a great place for fashionistas and makeup artists to shop the latest trends.
Barcelona is a city with late-night dinners, late mornings and afternoon siestas. It’s a city that doesn’t rush and neither should your visit be ;). SLeep late, take breaks, eat lots, and enjoy Barcelona at a Spaniard’s pace. Immerse yourself in everything the city has to offer would be my advice. There is so much to do that it might be a bit tight to try out everything, but then again that has never stopped me from trying (I love a good challenge).
So here goes! All the best things to see and do and to help you organize your city trip to Barcelona so you can see it all! A mini Barcelona Travel Guide.
1. Palo Market Fest
Palo Market Fest is an urbane street/flea market, taking place on the first weekend of every month in the beautiful area of Poblenou. I always wanted to go to this event but couldn’t because I never came during the first weekend of the month. Yet this time I was prepared haha I really wanted to go and explore the market. And as expected it was worth the visit! In the Palo Alto Market stalls, you can find accessories, vintage crafts, books and records, street style fashion. You will also find organic and street food. During the market you can enjoy various concerts, art exhibitions they also organize workshops.
2. Take a stroll on Las Ramblas
The world’s famous promenade Las Ramblas is a famous street in central Barcelona that you must see at least once during your city trip to Barcelona. Tip: Barcelona is a city that comes very much alive in the evening hours. The warm climate makes it a perfect time to go out and about during the evening.
3. Gaudi Architecture: Park Guell
Gaudi’s work has a highly individualized, one-of-a-kind style. Most of his work is located in Barcelona, his main work is the church of the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. A little background story about Gaudi. Antoni Gaudi i Cornet was a Spanish architect mostly know for his exponent of Catalan Modernism.
4. Mercat de la Boqueria
In the heart of Barcelona and right in the centre of one of the most vibrant boulevards in the city, Las Ramblas, you will find the Mercat de la Boqueria, which is a traditional food market since 1200! As one of the biggest fresh food markets in Spain, to get some fresh fruits, nuts, candy, eggplant omelette or fish.
5. Portal de l’Àngel
Portal de l’Àngel is the perfect area to go shopping. If you are looking for some affordable fashion, then you should go to the Portal de l’Àngel, where you can find many international retail shops such as Mango, Oysho, Benetton, Loewe, Zara and so much more can be found.
6. Get lost in the Barri Gotic
Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is my favourite part of town, filled with narrow, streets filled with trendy bars, clubs, Catalan restaurants and historic buildings. I love spending a few hours getting lost in this district. To me, it’s the most beautiful area in the city.
Barcelona recommendations on food and hotel based on my last visit (this month).
Where to eat in Barcelona
Food in Barcelona is amazing. During my last visit, I found two new gems of restaurants that I just had to share. The first one is called Boko it’s an Asian restaurant which has the best Karaage I have ever had. I also have to say that the waiter was wonderful!
The second one is Real Club Nautico de Barcelona where they serve the best Paella (that I ever had). It was very good and also here a friendly personal. Also, the location is worth visiting as it is right at the port of Barcelona. You’ll be getting a restaurant with a view ;)!
Where to stay in Barcelona
When searching for a place to stay in Barcelona I compared the hotels vs the Airbnb’s prices and found that a hotel is much cheaper. So I went to a hotel called Silken Sant Gervasi. If you want to save some money and don’t mind sleeping on a couch than Couchsurfing would be an option or a hostel. Both were no options for me this time around. But I do want to recommend this hotel called Silken Sant Gervasi as the location is great and the staff is incredibly kind.