This past weekend was my third time in Barcelona, and the city continues to hold a dear place in my heart.
The atmosphere, the people, the architecture: the city does not disappoint.
One of the greatest perks to living in Munich is that it is central for traveling anywhere in Europe. And with my friend Liana and I having an extended free weekend, why not return to our favorite city in the EU! (Aside from Munich of course.)
From the instant we landed in the city of sun and fun, we walked into an atmosphere of excitement and relaxation that can only be found in a city like Barcelona on a Saturday night.
It was only a six euro, thirty-five minute bus ride with AeroBus from the airport to Placa Catalunya.
Rather than stay right in the center of the city, Liana and I opted to stay closer to local areas. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful architecture and alley ways.
One of the greatest things about Barcelona is that they have beaches for you to recover on after a rough night out. So we started our Sunday with a few hours of sun to re-energize after being out until sunrise, and then Liana and I made our way over to see the Picasso museum. But as it is free entrance on Sundays, the line was obnoxiously long.
So we settled for indulging in chocolate churros and exploring La Rambla. The best part of the famous street is the La Boqueria market. It is popping with bright colors from fruits and vegetables, tables lined with rows of Spanish desserts, and smelling of freshly caught fish.
For dinner Liana and I found an adorable local place called Hugo for a meal of Paella and Sangria. The workers were so nice and kept bringing us complimentary shots. Needless to say, it was a good time!
Right next to Hugo’s is the Arc de Triomf, with an absolutely beautiful park and laid back atmosphere. Groups of locals can be found running, roller-blading, skateboarding, and biking through the park, along with groups of people relaxing on the grassy areas. It is a much more local feel then Park Guell, and in my opinion, even more charming.
Even without having the sun for the rest of the weekend (which was such bummer), we still enjoyed every second of the city.
After two failed attempts my last two times in the city, I finally managed to visit the Sagrada Familia. A local had given us the tip to purchase the tickets online, which would allow us to skip the line, which we were glad we did as the line was wrapped around the entire building! The audio guide is also worth the investment, as it gives some really interesting information and quotes from Gaudi.
Gaudi himself knew that the church would take many years to complete, and stated that it is the “responsibility of centuries to complete the Sagrada Familia”.
The inside of the church is lined with pillars made to look like trees, to give visitors a sense of peacefulness in nature. The windows are also very strategic, as all are stained glass except for the windows over the alter becuase Gaudi wanted that specific light to be completely natural.
It is quite the experience to enter a church that is aimed to provide calmness and peacefulness and hear jackhammers and drills on the roof above.
Another gem of Barcelona is the fountain show at Placa Espanya. From 9:30-11:30 pm during the spring and summer, a spectacular show is put on at the massive fountains. Every fifteen minutes the music changes and the water choreography changes. It’s the perfect place to enjoy sangria and the Spanish night. Just be warned, if you go on a Sunday the metro closes at midnight (as we were unaware of, and it resulted in a long walk home).
The four days in Barcelona flew by, but as always, I enjoyed every second of it. Already planning my next return trip.