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VISITING BARCELONA //

Casa Mila (aka La Pedrera) A building by Antoni Gaudi

Barcelona is a hugely popular European destination for tourists and this could be due to a number of things. It has a Mediterranean climate meaning the Summer's here are scorching; the people are welcoming; the food is delicious; the city itself is home to beautiful architecture, mostly known for Gaudi's impressive building works and 19th Century grandeur of the Gothic Quarter.

Having visited a couple of weeks ago for just a night, I was reminded of all the fantastic places I've had the chance to visit here previously. I've listed a few of the locations I've explored and what I adore about Barcelona.


La Sagrada Familia


Arguably, the most notable landmark in the city. This is Antoni Gaudi's biggest masterpiece and is still being built to this day - the suggested finish date will be in 2030 having started in 1882 (IKR?!)

To see the building from the outside is hugely impressive, however if you do get chance to go inside then DO IT. It has an incredible amount of stained glass windows, superbly detailed columns and lots of information about its history. Remember to book your tickets online here before your visit.


Tapas


Food is the best part of any new country, wouldn't you agree? Local delicacies, weirdly named things you should try and may never want to try again - that's a huge part of experiencing a new place in my opinion. We found a wonderful little place when we visited a couple of years ago and got lucky enough to stumble across it again this time.

Mirinda can be found down an alleyway just off the famous Las Rambla. Here, you'll find a fantastic tapas menu (including lots of veggie options!) great selection of drinks and lots of street entertainment throughout the evening. When it comes to Spanish tapas, you'd be hard pushed to not find something you like here.

We also stumbled across a beautiful bakery called Tiana Forneria near the Gothic Quarter, perfect for breakfast pastries and a chocolate croissant treat should you fancy it.


Park Güell



For the traveller on a budget, there's absolutely no excuse not to visit this place. Situated in a public park (at the top of a heck of a lot of street escalators, I might add) is Park Guell. Another reflection of Gaudì's work, you can wander around these beautiful gardens and if you do want to splash out, get a ticket to explore the Monumental Zone and see the close-up detail of the architecture.

We didn't get a ticket but the experience of visiting is enough by itself. You also get an incredible view of the whole city if you climb the lookout point at the top - I won't lie to you, it's steep!

At the bottom of the park area there are some lovely little shops selling handmade gifts, so keep your souvenir spending until you get here.


Gothic Quarter


We stayed in a great (budget friendly) guesthouse in this area called Guesthouse Barcelona Gotic - super location, especially if you want somewhere central. This place has a lot of choice when it comes to bars and restaurants.

One of our favourite finds was a rock bar called The Bollocks (yep, you read that right) which had a fantastic drinks selection and a burger menu named after guitars. All very cool and as someone who it quintessentially uncool, nevertheless, I felt very welcome here.

In the daytime, it's definitely a worthwhile place to explore for the amazing architecture. There are beautiful buildings around every corner and you're certain to get some superb Instagram shots around here.




Hopefully there's some Barcelona inspiration here if you're planning your next trip. Let me know on Twitter if you have any other notable places I should go to next time I'm in the city.




leanne

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