Barcelona was my entry point to Spain and I fell in love with the city. There was so much to see and plethora of activities to engage in. But, I had only 2 days to spend here and decided to cover the maximum of the city before moving out. On my arrival, I took a two day unlimited metro and bus pass from the tourist information counter at the airport. Barcelona offered a lot in terms of history, art, culture, beaches, and the delicious food. The city boasts of the architectural marvel of the Spanish architect Gaudi.
I started with the famous Roman Catholic Church La Sagrada Família, designed by Gaudí. It is huge structure and is difficult to miss. As I entered, I was greeted with different coloured glasses on both sides of the main hall facing the Christ. The architecture of the church and its towers was worth admiring as I spent my next hour exploring the different parts of the church.
Thereafter, I made my way to the Gothic Quarters which is located at the heart of the city. It is called so because it used to be the Roman village and thus has some remnants of its glorious past. The entire area was around 4 blocks with the narrow, winding streets that create a labyrinth. As I walked in these lanes admiring the history and architecture that exists so beautifully in the city, I reached right in the heart of the district. There is the huge Cathedral with a stunning courtyard full of plants and oddly geese. At the end of it are some good restaurants and bars to treat yourself while you relax and enjoy the surrounding.
My trip to Barcelona would have been incomplete without visiting the famous and most beautiful street in the Spain, Las Ramblas. Famous and infamous for many things, you will find almost anything you wish for somewhere along the Ramblas, if not on Las Ramblas itself. There is an abundance of restaurants, cafes, live sketch artists, live performance, flower and craft stalls, fashion shops and many more. The best part which I loved was the La Boqueria market, also known as Mercat Sant Josep, a world renowned indoor market. The moment I entered, I was in for a treat. The market was full of candies, sweets, fruits, spices, meat and fish products (Oh the food!). At the end of it were some bars which served delicious cuisines and amazing drinks. It was full of people and yet somehow everyone was able to reach their desired shops with no problem. I treated myself with some of the delicacies and went out to explore the rest of the street