Hi! Welcome back. 🙂 I’m very excited about sharing this post with you guys because I’ve been waiting to post it for an entire month! Scratch that: I’ve been too lazy to put it up here on the blog, but today’s the day! I’ll be sharing with you cool things we did in Barcelona and the places we saw. We spent about 45h in Barcelona and it all started at
1:40 am when we landed on the 7th August (we were 1h late).
Then, at 2:25 am we got our luggage – again, much later than planned which made us uber late for our airbnb. We got a taxi from the airport, which was very easy, even at that time, and in 20 minutes were in the city centre of Barcelona. Now, you can see that this is not starting very well… and just like my glycaemia, it gets worse. And better, much better. And then drops as if I’d been running for 20 minutes. Yep. 👍 We had an awful night that first night. Not because of the airbnb we stayed at but because Barcelona experience the worst heat wave they’ve had in some time. And we were there to witness it. It was hot: 30/35°C hot. However, even though I am quite used to these temperatures, the humidity was at 100% for the 2 days we were there. If you’ve never experienced this kind of tropical heat, I promise you it’s not fun. You feel sticky all the time. One second after the shower, you feel as if you need another shower. I’m not painting a good picture here, and I’m sorry, I’m sure you’re here for all the fun and coolness (see what I did there?) of Barcelona, so here we go.
We changed to a hotel in the morning, an amazing hotel! No, we’re not that snob, but we really couldn’t stand not sleeping for another night. We needed air-con. We stayed at this beautiful hotel next to Urgell Metro station; I definitely recommend it.
We left our bags at the hotel but because the check-in was only at 2pm, we left to the city centre. We first visited Plaça de Catalunya, of course! A must when visiting Barcelona. It is the centre of the city centre.
And because my sister really recommended it, we popped in Hard Rock Café for a quick look. L had never been in a Hard Rock, so I figured Barcelona could be his first. It was smaller than I had expected but we got to see an outfit Madonna wore in one of her tours, which was cool. 😎
We walked down La Rambla, checking out many little souvenir shops and obviously, we had to stop at Mercat de la Boqueria, which is a big food market. You’ll find any typical yummy dishes there and the very famous fruit juices. 🤤 They’re aesthetically pleasing, which is the main reason people love them. They’re good but you can taste the water they add. It was a cool experience anyway and I would definitely go back to try a few other delicacies.
And walking down La Rambla is honestly one of the things you have to do. The avenue has trees on either side, so shade is guaranteed and you’ll see great architecture too. I know it’s all very European, but I still love seeing these type of buildings.
After getting to the Mirador de Colom, which I would have loved to actually go up (next time!) we walked down Passeig de Colom to the Barceloneta area. It was all very beach-y and L.A. sort of vibes. It was scorching hot by this point and we should’ve just taken the metro or ridden a bike, but we didn’t. We actually had lunch at KFC (lol) because we couldn’t decide on where to eat. L doesn’t like seafood and obviously,every single restaurant in the area sells seafood and only seafood.You shouldn’t be surprised when I tell you KFC was crowded with French… go figure. 🙄 😄
And we finally made it to the beach! The very crowded but cool looking beach. Again, very L.A.
We didn’t stay for long but I got to dip my feet in the water. 😍 👙 We were exhausted by this time and we just wanted to go back to the hotel and take a nap. I know, we were in Barcelona, we needed to enjoy it, but we did in the end. We just needed some time out.
Things got fun then! We chilled by the hotel pool for 2 or 3h, took a nap and had brilliant food at a very cosy restaurant: El Martinet. We later found out that locals hang around here, so we made a great choice for sure. The food, as you’ll see from the pictures, was on point!
We walked around the neighbourhood and the next day we visited the Parc de la Ciutadella, the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia,…
We had empanadas for lunch, yummy! And in the afternoon we went to visit Casa de les Punxes, La Pedrera and Caso Batlo. Walking along Passeig de Gracia you see all the luxury brands. Quite impressive! A little Champs Élysées.
Later, when going towards Montjuic, L got his phone stolen in the metro, so we went back to the hotel to block his phone and everything that he needed to do. It was another little mishap in Barcelona, but we were so exhausted by then that we just quit. Literally. We had a few more hours to spend but we just went to this super nice fancy Parisian-like-bakery and had yummy cakes.
At 7pm-ish, we got to the airport and we were well ready to leave Spain. Granted, we didn’t have the best experience but we’ll be back. We truly loved every place we visited and we were gutted we didn’t get to see and enjoy more! Have you ever been to Barcelona? What did you visit? What would you have done different?