Staying in Barcelona

Known to some as the city of Gaudi or tapas heaven perhaps, but, for me these are just two things that make it my favourite European city. It has so much more for you to discover.

I was in Barcelona for 3 very different occasion last year which made me fall in love with Barcelona even more so than I already was. The first trip was with a group of friends for a long weekend, second was a hen do and third was a wedding. As you can imagine, each trip was very different and filled with an array of activities.

I’ve been to Barcelona around 5/6 times now and every time I discover something new and interesting. So here is my list of top things you must do if you visit Barcelona…

See all of Gaudi’s beautiful work including the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Casa Batllo. There are so many more pieces to see but these are a few of my favourites. I could get lost in Park Guell gardens for hours if I wanted too and I actually went inside Sagrada Família last year for the first time and its amazing – so much detail.

Park Guell

inside sagrada familia

Eat lots of tapas! There are so many nice tapas restaurants in Barcelona but my favourite is Bar del Pla. It’s not fancy but does amazing traditional tapas. A little tip for picking which tapas restaurant to eat in – do not judge it by the exterior/interior! All of the best tapas restaurants I have been to have been very plain and by no means fancy. If the restaurant is full of locals then you are probably on to a winner.

Walk though Ciutadella park and do some rowing on the lake (or at least attempt to row like me!)

BCN does not only do amazing tapas, it’s a huge foodie city and there are lots of good restaurants popping up. My favourite place to go for brunch is Brunch & Cake – I had the most amazing quinoa burger ever there!

Brunch at Brunch & Cake

Go to the market just off La Rambla – you can get amazing snacks and there is a good wine bar tucked away to the right hand side of the market.

Have fun exploring the Gothic Quarter and walking alone the cobble streets. If you love seeing beautiful architecture you will be in heaven here! So many amazing buildings. Close friends of mine got married there last year and it was the perfect place for a small, intimate wedding. Their reception drinks were in an incredible courtyard tucked away, where we spent hours outside in the dappled sunlight.

Gothic Quarter

Make sure you spend a day on the beach, there are some good beach bars you can have lunch at and its a nice break from busy sightseeing.

If you get the chance to visit Barcelona and do any of the above, let me know your thoughts. And if you have anywhere else to suggest let me know 🙂

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