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.
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Experience Camp nou Stadium – The second most visited place in Barcelona, after Sagrada Familia. Even though im not really a die hard soccer fan, I loved this place.it is an experience of retracing the footsteps of FC Barcelona’s legendary players and entering the field from the tunnel !! You can explore the VIP area, Lionel messi space, Press area and also where the players sit. Along with the stadium, there’s also a museum with all the laurels that FCB has won and the Nike store with FCB merchandise.Hit the Beaches and port’s – For sun worshippers, Barceloneta is just what you’re looking for! it is the most bustling and touristy stretch of sand and sea. There are a plethora of sea food eating options near the beach. The best time to visit the Mediterranean beaches is summer.
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.
I just had until 11 am on my third day in Barcelona. After an early morning stroll on the La Barcelonata beach, I packed my bags. Although I was all set to leave for Girona, I was in no mood to say "Chao" to this beautiful city, yet. (Article on Girona, Costa Brava, Besalu and Banyoles, coming up soon!)MAIN EXPENSESEntry fee to Casa Batlo and train to Montserrat- 19+22=41eurosStay – 17 x 3 = 51 Euros at Hola Hostel (probably the cheapest you can expect, especially for a B & B)Metro – 3x2 = 6 Euros (appx. 10,500 INR)
Plaça de Catalunya
Travel Tip : While strolling through La Ramblas and travelling by Metro, be alert as they are the hotspots for a lot of pick pocketer’s(more than 600). DO NOT stand near the metro door’s as you will easily be a target to them. You can thank me later ! ???? . I am glad that I knew this and was careful with my stuffs.Apart from the one’s I mentioned above, there are many other places to see like the Park Guell, Montjuic, where you can take the cable car and get a skyline view of Barcelona against the sea. I couldn’t visit them due to the lack of time but i’d strongly suggest to visit.I took day trips to Costa Brava and Montserrat mountains which were worth going.
Castillo de Montjuïc
Due to the weather conditions, I decided to call off the trek that I had planned for the day. I returned much earlier than anticipated. My craze for photography drove me to pay another visit to the balcony in Castillo de Montjuic. The convenient tubes connect all parts of the city very well. So I took the metro to the castle from Placa Espanya.It was a most perfect opportunity for me to capture some aerial views of the city. By then, even the sun was slowly starting to make his way out from behind the clouds. On my second visit, I learnt that Castillo de Montjuic probably had some entertainment planned for its visitors, throughout the day. The bird-charmer (as I call her), had me speechless as she set her birds off on a man, that afternoon. Even though the birds didn't harm him, I was glad, I wasn't the victim. Because I wanted to be the spectator. I wanted to be the camera-man.
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.