Barcelona

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageI arrived in Barcelona in spectacular fashion….. a day late due to having to stop in Saville (post coming soon) as my travel buddy had a severe bout of gastro. I am a true believer that holiday plans are made to be modified or changed depending on what pops up along the way, especially in Europe. You never know if you are going to meet the love of your life be it a city, best friend or partner while you are travelling and so plans need to be able to be altered.

My first morning I did the free walking tour, something I make an effort to do in most cities to get a good overview and some restaurant recommendations however in this case I don’t think it was worth while, the information provided was average however on a higher note I did make friends with two Canadian boys who were even staying at the same place as me and due to my friends illness I had been left venturing on my own so I jumped in on their plans and we had a great few days wandering the city.

Places to see

All things Gaudi                                                                                                                               Antoni Gaudi was a Spanish architect however he was also somewhat of an artist. He designed some of the spectacular buildings in Barcelona specifically Park Güell, Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia, these works all cost a small fee to visit but are defiantly worth it! I did not have a chance to see Sagrada Familia but it is on my must do list for my next visit.

Tip: Book your place online a few days in advance especially if you are going during June/July when there are lots of tourists as these  attractions get very busy and sell out.

Wander through the Gothic Quarter                                                                                           There is a different story to be told at every corner including a very interesting one about potatoes, I will leave it for your to discover it on your own trip or click the link.

Tip: Make sure to look up, it sounds so simple but so much of the detail is in the second or third story so if you aren’t looking for it you might miss it.

Beach                                                                                                                                                        The beach in Barcelona is nothing spectacular especially for an Australian but it is defiantly a good place to go and cool off when the weather gets warm or if you are looking to relax after a busy night the previous day.

Mercado de La Boqueria (Market)
Visit for amazing food as well as bright and colourful stalls. It is worth the trip for something that is a bit more traditional then what you might come across as a normal tourist.
Food
I was fortunate enough to have had a friend who had recently studied in Barcelona and gave me some inside tips. If you eat in a touristy area try to find a hidden gem as the food will almost certainly be better.
El Xampanyet was best for tapas, Travel and Cake is amazing for brunch and for the Vegetarians La Bascula is a really good vegetarian restaurant.
My favourite was the Federal Cafe, the food was spectacular and I sat at the bar and chatted to the strangers (new found friends) who were sitting next to me. The service wasn’t amazing but fortunately I was not in a hurry.
Night Life
Barcelona is well known for its incredible party scene so if you are looking for some fun night time places the beach clubs are always good fun and they start a lot earlier then the clubs so for those of you not used to European night life this might work best for you. My list is The Castle, Opium, Pacha and Shoka.
If you want to follow more of my travels I am on Instagram as @thenomadsproject and (new to) twitter as @thenomadsproject_
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62 thoughts on “Barcelona

  1. Fun post! I went to Xampanyet the first time I was in Barcelona, cirka 1999. I think it was recommended in Lonely Planet back then, I wonder if it still is? I really liked it. What is that free walking tour you were talking about? Is it via a website or something? I usually just do free walks of my own, hahah. But sometimes it would be fun to get some insider tips

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    1. There is a company called sandemans http://www.neweuropetours.eu that does them in nearly all cities. They are usually only 2-3hours and I always try to do them on my first morning in a new city so I can get a fast overview and the guides usbnually have some good restaurant recommendations. Plus I find when I’m travelling alone they can be a great place to meet people.

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  2. This is beyond stunning. Do you mind telling me which camera you use? Also do you have any tips for students abroad specifically in Barcelona you may not have covered above?? I run a travel study abroad advice blog. 🙂

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    1. I use a DSLR600D. I am an Aussie studying in London so I have heaps of tips but I didnt study in Barcelona so these are my general top tips is to just wander around and make sure you get involved with as much as possible. I play netball for my uni so I have gotten involved that way.
      It sounds kind of silly but I use Instagram a lot to find the hidden places that you wouldn’t hear about on trip advisor etc. I type in the location and then scroll through the photos to find unique spots that I want to visit.
      When you travel abroad especially when you come from somewhere like Australia to Europe there is the temptation to travel somewhere every weekend to see as much as possible but if you do that you also miss out on a lot of stuff that is going on where you study and on making the life long friends. Instead I would do a few trips during semester/ mid term and then make the effort to travel before or after the semester abroad.
      I also know there are specific trips such as ski week that are run specifically for students and they are fun and great places to meet people.

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      1. Thank you so much for the advice! I am going to research everything you said and then post on my personal blog. If you dont mind, I will use that tip of instagram, and credit you! I really appreciate the advice! Happy and Safe travels to you!!

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  3. Love Barca – Milk is a great brunch spot too! The one thing I noticed on my last trip is how busy it is so definitely book in advance for Sagrada familia and Park Guell viewing platform. We couldn’t get into either on a Monday in Oct! Prices for everything have skyrocketed in recent years too which is a shame, Park Guell used to be completely open and free a few years ago

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  4. Great post and I love your photos! I’m heading to Spain this summer and I wasn’t sure if I should stop in Barcelona. Of all the places you’ve been in Spain, which cities/towns are must see in your opinion?

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  5. The Gaudi photos are nice! (I swear I have one very similar of the arches up top). And yes, El Xampanyet is brilliant. Have to say the Euskal Etxea at across the road is fab, too.

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  6. So glad you enjoyed Barcelona. I was there 2 weeks ago. It’s such a beautiful and vibrant city. I lived there for 6 years 38 years ago so this visit was very much a nostalgic return to my early days of fun and laughter with the people (friends) I lived and worked there with! Would I go back 38 yeas later? You bet I would!

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  7. Such a good post. I always find it to write so comprehensively about everything to see and do after a relatively short visit. You must have crammed every moment of your trip! I spent just 2 days in Barcelona in June and needed way longer!

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