The first time I visited Barcelona was during high school. So when I got the invitation to visit this wonderful city again and see it through grown up eyes, I immediately booked my flights to have the perfect girls weekend in this vibrant city.
Strolling through Barcelona is an experience on it’s own cause the city is so diverse.
- There are the cosy streets in the Gothic quarter, with small terraces everywhere and a street musician playing your favourite ABBA-song around every corner.
- You can have a nice and relaxing beach day and walk underneath the palm trees enjoying an ice cream.
- But the main reason why people visit Barcelona is to admire Gaudi’s works of art. They are spread out through the entire city and add a pop of colour and a magical feeling.
How to get around in Barcelona?
- Barcelona is a metropole, so expecting to do everything in foot is honestly a little nuts.
- Their public transport is pretty good and if you don’t mind taking the bus or subway this option will be just fine.
- But if you would like a little more adventure I suggest you rent out a scooter. It’s definitely the most fun way to see Barcelona and the traffic is well arranged. You can either choose to go with a rental company or you can go for eCooltra.
- Don’t put the phone that you’re using to access the bike in the seat, cause then you won’t be able to open it again (of course that happened to us).
- Don’t park outside of the grey area, you won’t be able to lock your scooter. So for Park Guëll and El bunker de Carmel the scooter is a no.
- Make sure you can always drive enough kilometers. The battery tends to drain faster when you drive up hill so take that into consideration before you take off and end up like us. Cause if the battery dies, you can’t lock the scooter anymore which also means you can’t take out your stuff from underneath the seat.
Where to eat in Barcelona?
- La Pepita: for some delicious tapas paired with a good glass of wine.
- Tia Santa: go for the grilled octopus! I swear you will not regret it!
- Flax & Kale: to get all of your healthy nutrients
- Casa Lolea: the perfect place for brunch (the avocado toast with salmon is delicious) before visiting the Palau de la Música
Which places to visit?
1. La Sagrada Familia
Tip: You need to book your tickets at least a week from before (especially if you’re visiting on the weekend). You can do this here, otherwise you might not have the opportunity to visit. Cause they let visitors in in time slots and only a certain amount of people can enter during that specific time.
2. El bunkers del Carmel
3. Park Guëll
Tip: you need to buy your tickets a few days from before cause the most beautiful part of the park only allows a certain amount of visitors per day.
4. Casa Milà and Casa Batlló
5. Palau de la Música
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6. Gothic Quarter
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