Last month I was really lucky to have the opportunity to spend a couple of nights in Barcelona. I went with my friend who is learning Spanish, so this was the perfect opportunity for her to get some practice in. Once thing we hadn’t considered, is that Catalan has a big presence in the city. An extra challenge for those learning Spanish! Is it bon dia or hola?!
If you love architecture, then Barcelona is the place to explore. As it was a short break, and not that warm, we avoided heading to the beach and used our time to explore the streets and attractions the city has on offer.
Knowing it would be a huge attraction, we headed to La Sagrada Familia first thing to avoid the queues. It is difficult to put this place into words and I feel that the photographs just don’t do it justice. Even if you’re not seeking worship or a religious experience, this is worth a visit. The detail within the building is incredible and the coloured lights, filtering in through the windows are awe inspiring.
We made use of the metro pass to take us to La Sagrada Familia, but we decided to walk towards Las Ramblas so that we could explore some shops and cafes away from the tourist hot spots. We found a lovely cafe to stop in half way and get a needed pick-me-up.
Before we hit the main strip, we spotted Antoni Gaudi’s colourful Casa Batllo. We didn’t visit inside, but there was plenty to admire on the exterior. Las Ramblas is full of shopping, flower stools and places to eat. I can imagine its very busy in peak months, but we had the chance to stroll along the street and take in the sights without the hustle and bustle of tourists.
As we were so close to the beach, we thought it would be a good idea to at least sit on the sand and take in the views! As you head along the boardwalk you can easily spot the sail-shaped W-Hotel at the end of the beach.
We spent a lot of time walking around the city, which was a fantastic way to explore and see views you may miss if you stick to the metro. From roof top bars to skylines to local entertainers, there was a lot to pack into a couple of days. We finished off the break with a nice evening of tapas and cocktails.
You can see my full set of photos over on Flickr