With all the negativity about Catalonia in the news every day, I thought it might be a good idea to spread some love and write a post about its capital, Barcelona, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to.
From the 11th to the 16th of April 2015 I went on a citytrip to this wonderful place together with my uncle, aunt and cousin. You’re probably wondering why I would go on a trip with my uncle and not my parent or friends? Well, my other cousin couldn’t go anymore and since the fourth place was already booked, they asked me to join. I’m still very grateful that they did, because this was one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on.
As it has been more than two years since I was there, I don’t remember exactly in what order we visited places, so I’ll simply list my favourite spots below.
1. The Aquarium – I am a huge animal lover and I love seeing everything that lives deep under the sea. The aquarium in Barcelona is huge, and you can simply spend hours being fascinated by all these beautiful creatures. Definitely worth a visit!
2. Park Güell – With its distinct architecture and colourful patterns, Park Güell is one of the most beautiful parcs you’ll ever see in your entire life. Nonetheless, the architectural monuments are only a small part of the actual parc. Whereas that is always filled to the brink with tourists, the bigger part is much more calmer and gives you the chance to enjoy some peaceful and beautiful nature within the metropole. Beware though: entrance to the historical part is under a fee and you have to come early enough to reserve your spot to be let in. I remember we arrived at about 11AM and we weren’t allowed to get in until 1PM! Nevertheless, this is more than worth the wait.
3. The Olympic stadium – In 1992, Barcelona hosted the Olympic Summer games, and up until today there are still some remains left, the biggest one being the stadium. Entrance is free, and gives you an overview over the place. However, what I found the most astonishing, was when you stepped outside and into the back. There you had a fountain with some pillars and the standard for the olympic flame, with an amazing view over the city as well. We just spent about half an hour sitting there, simply because it was so impressive. Definitely worth the wait! It is located on top of Montjuïc, a mountain overlooking the city. The Olympic swimming pool was only at a walking distance, but not available to the public, unfortunately.
4. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – When you walk further down Montjuïc, you find the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. We didn’t actually enter the place, it was the view outside on top of the stairs that made this place worth a visit. It gave you a complete overview over the city and it was simply astonishing. If there is one spot you must have definitely visited when you’re in Barcelona, then it’s this one. I fall in love all over again when I think about it. Is that weird? Also, at the bottom of the stairs there is a huge fountain that is basically a show. The water constantly goes in different directions and it is even lit up at night!
5. Las Arenas – Calling all shop-a-holics! Las Arenas used to be an arena for bull fighting, but has now been rebuilt to a shopping mall. With dozens of fancy shops, you’ll definitely find something that your heart has been longing for all your life. What do men do while their girlfriends/wives are shopping? From the outside you can take an elevator up to the top to enjoy the breath-taking view. Joy garantueed for everyone!
These are my top 5 locations to visit in Barcelona! These are the ones that stuck with me the most, although the city has many more beautiful things to offer. This was definitely one of my favourite trips I’ve ever done, and is a city I believe should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Lots of love,