7.10.2014

8 Things To Do in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain
One of the final places I visited during my time abroad in 2012 was Barcelona. I spent four days in this lovely town and every moment was amazing. I did not realize how Scotland's weather was hurting me until I spent four days in 80 degree weather on the beach!

Barcelona, Spain
1. STAY IN A HOSTEL. 
My FAVORITE part about Barcelona was the hostel we stayed at. It felt like a home. At Hostel One Paralelo, the staff we so friendly and courteous.  Every night there was a free "family dinner" and ever morning there was a free breakfast. They even took us out on tours of the city and showed us the best night life. Not to mention it was conveniently located. We met some GREAT people while staying the hostel whom we traveled with throughout and still keep in touch with to this day! Oh.. and they had Jenga.

Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona, Spain
2. LA BOQUERIA MARKET. 
On one of our walking tours, we visited La Boqueria Market. It was so full of life, color, and great food! I wanted to buy everything! It is a huge staple in the city.

Barcelona, Spain


3. CHECK OUT THE NIGHTLIFE
The nightlife in Barcelona is unreal. It is not uncommon to eat dinner around 9 or 10pm then go out dancing until 5 or 6 in the morning. We may or may not have done this a few times while we were there, and I am the kind of person who likes to be in bed by 9pm! Barcelona just has that affect on people apparently. One of the more popular bars in the city is Chupitos, which is well known for its large and elaborate shot menu. We tried a few, but the best was definitely the Boy Scout shot! Probably because it was on fire and involved roasting a marshmallow.

Barcelona, Spain4. EAT ALL THE PAELLA.
I mean, this is a MUST while in Barcelona. Ask the locals where to find the best paella and RUN there ASAP!

Barcelona, Spain

5. VISIT THE GAUDI ARCHITECTURE. 
It wouldn't be a Barcelona trip without visiting some Gaudi architecture!

Barcelona, Spain
La Sagrada Familia
I am so happy we made the decision to go inside La Sagrada Familia, it was absolutely breathtaking. Definitely worth the price and the wait. It was SO HARD to get a good photo on my iPhone (I tried not to travel with my good camera too much), so definitely take a DSLR!
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Park Guell
We also visited Park Guell, which was absolutely packed. I'm not sure I got many photos that were not obstructed by people's heads. However, it was so worth fighting the crowd.

Barcelona, SpainCasa Batillo
And we also saw Casa Batillo which was probably one of my favorite pieces by Gaudi.

Barcelona, Spain
Casa Mila
We accidentally stumbled upon this one.
Barcelona, Spain

6. VISIT THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN. 
On one of our final nights we walked to see the famous Magic Fountain. It was such a beautiful night and was completely packed! I would highly suggest watching a video of the fountain if you have a chance!

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
7. WANDER THE STREETS AND CHAT WITH LOCALS. 
Don't be shy! The locals are SUPER friendly and willing to help!

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

8. RUN, DON'T WALK, TO THE BEACH!
I mean, this is just a given, right?

I absolutely loved Barcelona (and I am feeling especially nostalgic as some of my friends are in Spain right now)! I cannot wait to visit again one day!

Have you ever been to Barcelona?
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8 comments :

  1. I feel like I can travel the world visiting your blog. Barcelona looks like so much fun. I love that you had to roast a marshmallow for a shot, how fun!

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  2. How cool! Pinned for when I go to Barcelona someday :) What bright colors in that market...so pretty! That shot sounds like fun too. I was so tired when traveling and people wanted to stay up all night...like in Tokyo...props to you for making it!

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  3. Thanks girl! The market was so amazing, I wanted to eat everything. I barely made it- I could NEVER live that lifestyle haha

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  4. How awesome. I have been itching to do some more traveling. I guess I'll just have to put Barcelona on that list! ;)

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  5. Barcelona looks amazing! The market pictures are beautiful and that marshamellow shot... yes please!

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  6. I wish the photos did it all justice, it is even more beautiful in person. I also wish I had a DSLR instead of my iphone but at least now I have a reason to go back! haha

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