After years of feeling certain that I’d never want to live anywhere other than London, I changed my mind. I had been on holiday to Barcelona with my friends and immediately envisioned myself living there. I completely fell head over heels for everything about this city. The consistent sunshine and the fact this place rolled city and beach life into one was extremely appealing to me. It was a lot less expensive than London and had so much to offer. I’ve always loved Spanish culture- the food, music, traditions etc. So, when I got offered a job out here I knew straight away what my answer would be. Barcelona life is filled with restaurants, shops, busy bars with outdoor seating, nightclubs, beaches and so much more. So after much thinking, I gathered my top 5 favourite places to visit in Barcelona. But there’s so much more that didn’t make my list
Favourite places to visit in Barcelona
Las Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona and for good reason. It runs through the heart of the city and is filled with the lively atmosphere and action of Barcelona. The street goes on for 1.2 km and you’ll find many restaurants with traditional Spanish tapas, markets with various homemade items and lots of hotels. You’ll even find art on Las Ramblas. As the famous Spanish painter, Joan Micro actually created part of the Ramblas ( look out for the circle which features a large and colourful circular mosaic). The street undoubtedly possesses its own distinct character which is why it attracts thousands of tourists every year. As the Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca once said it’s “the only street in the world which I wish would never end” and I can definitely agree. You can spend a whole day and evening here and keep yourself entertained.
Barceloneta Beach is unquestionably the most popular beach in Barcelona. On an average summer day, it’s actually difficult to even see the sand. I understand that that’s not everyone first request when finding a beach, but somehow it adds to the overall lively, fun and exciting atmosphere. The surrounding area from the beach has something to offer everyone. From a huge selection of bars, restaurants of all cuisines, outdoor gym areas, volleyball nets and so much more. And with a spectacular view of the most famous hotel in Barcelona, the W. A hotel that has a magnificent design. And of course, the sea! This is my favourite place to hang out during the summer.
You can’t come to Barcelona and not visit the Gothic Quater. This place is full of history and architecture. It has many traditional Catalan restaurants, medieval streets, stylish bars and clubs and many other charms. You will also find many flower stalls and street markets selling food, drinks and homemade gifts. This place is incredibly picturesque. It features old cathedrals but also modern twists.
Park Guell is a public park that’s open to visitors. It celebrates the life of the well-known and famous Catalan artist, Guadi. It acts as a reflection of his, free-flowing, colourful and buoyant artwork. Everything you see is unique which gives this park a special ambience. And the best part? the incredible and breathtaking views over the whole of the city (especially at night). You’ll have to take a lot of stairs to get to the best viewpoint, but you won’t regret it. The architecture of the buildings is unique and you’ll be surrounded by big green palms (there’s always parrots sitting in them). It costs 10€ to access but it’s extremely worth it. You will leave with even more love of Barcelona city than you already had.
Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. I strongly recommend taking a cable car right to the top and enjoy a ride across the city and the specular views it offers. Or if you fancy a hike, the walk is fun too. You can visit the cactus garden and take a beverage at one of the bars. Or visit the Olympic pool which is open to the public and overlooks the whole city. Or even immerse in some history at Montjuic castle!