Day 8Now to the coolest part of our trip. If given a choice and if asked to settle down in Europe, I'd choose Spain, hands down. Although, there's much more to Spain than Barcelona, it was enough to make me fall in love with the country.Fascinated by Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona, I was that excited fan girl, trying to revisit every experience Christina had, tracing her footsteps to every Gaudi architectural creation and capturing them in my mind.Three days of soaking in Spain, roaming tirelessly on La Rambla and eating mouthfuls at La Bouqeria, I realized I need to revisit this country. A standalone Spain trip. Because, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Barcelona is from December to June
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Las Ramblas is a large pedestrian street lined with restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, flower kiosks and bustling with tourists, locals, hustlers and performing artists from almost every genre. Depending on whom you ask, you will be told that the promenade is either a "must-see" or "to be avoided at all costs". While Las Ramblas abounds with pickpockets, it's a MUST for people-watching! And that's not all, Las Ramblas is dotted with some beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings like the Liecu Opera House (our apartment was right next door to the Opera) and the Boqueria Open Market, it also has some amazing art deco sculptures. At one end of Las Ramblas is the huge Place de Catalunya and at the other end, the old port. It would take you no more than 20 mins to walk the entire length of the promenade from end to end.
Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Gràcia is among the most expensive shopping real estate in the world; all the leading luxury brands hotly competing to occupy the elegant modernista buildings of Barcelona’s widest street. Make sure you see La Pedrera which was Gaudí’s last major project before he started on his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. if you stand in the middle of its gently lit courtyard, it’s easy to forget that you’re inside a man-made structure. The rolling curves, seaweed-like wrought iron and gnarled roof of this Barcelona landmark have been astounding passers-by on Passeig de Gràcia for over a century. Yet to properly appreciate this building you need to head indoors.There’s a forest-like quality to the interior of La Pedrera – the designer’s careful use of light mirrors that of a canopy of leaves. Try as you might, you won’t find a single straight line in this massive structure.
Parc de Montjuic
Sants-Montjuïc is marvelous in the spring, especially at Miramar viewpoint, where the rose blooms and fountains create the ideal setting for a romantic date. The most popular attraction in this neighborhood is the Montjuïc Castle, which offers beautiful vistas over the rest of the city. In the summer, Plaça d'Espanya comes alive with music, while locals and tourists alike stroll around, in the quest for the next café.
Castillo de Montjuïc
The Balconies of Barcelona"Another one hour's walk from here", said the shopkeeper at Singh's superstore. I was on my way to the last destination on my list, for the day. Castillo de Montjuic. I had stopped to confirm directions and buy an ice cream, at another supermarket. Although the idea of a castle and its magical fountain filled me with enthusiasm, I wasn't sure how much longer my legs would carry me. But it was as though the streets of Barcelona wanted me to keep going. They wound their way along these quarters, that had the privilege of such beautiful balconies. I was stunned by the intricate designs.I had been too pre-occupied to notice the time. As the same roads exited into the city, I realized that I had only half an hour more to go.
How can you leave beaches out of a Barcelona itinerary? So, here it is. One of the most amazing places to warm up and indulge in some sunbathing in Barcelona- Barceloneta Beach. The mediocre tourist spends all day in the sun at crowded Barceloneta Beach finding a square meter to place his towel and always in danger to get robbed. The further you move from the center the less crowded it gets and you will spot more surfers in the water. Dare to hop on a boat yourself? Also there are many other beautiful places to enjoy the sun: On one of the many terraces in the city with a cold beer, grab a bike and climb to the top of Tibidabo to get a great view of the city.
After suffering 6 bitingly cold months in England, 17 degrees at 7 am in the morning, was pure bliss. The weather was lovely. It made the 1 hour walk from hola hostel to Parc Guell much more pleasant, than it seemed.This place was home to many buildings that were embellished by Gaudi architecture. Each had its own charm, and they could easily pass for dream houses.