Barcelona has a reputation of being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and I for one could not agree more. So very cliché, but I really did fall in love with every aspect of this city; the laid back lifestyle, the friendliest of people, the historical architecture and the breathtaking views!
Visiting in January I was a little skeptical of the weather as here in London (as I’m writing this) we are experiencing almost freezing temperatures and even snow. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed with sunshine and blue skies with temperatures hitting 14-16 degrees during the day but of course dropping at night, I couldn’t complain.
You can never run out of things to do in this city, whether you like typical tourist-y spots or discovering hidden gems, Barcelona is full of them! One of my favourite places we discovered (thanks to: hostelgeeks.com) was ‘Bunkers Del Carmel’ a stunning and spacious viewpoint, the perfect spot for a picnic and a panoramic view of the city. Best of all its entirely free and not at all as crowded as some of the more famous parks. Appropriately named ‘Bunker’ at the top, as well as views, you can see old bunkers made and used during the Spanish Civil War to protect the city from the bombings, and ‘Del Carmel’ because of the neighbouring area it’s located in. Catching the sunset at the summit of this viewpoint has to be one of my highlights, the view includes some of the points that make up Barcelona’s skyline including; La Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo and many more iconic buildings.
Another wonderful (more tourist-y) discovery was the food paradise, La Boqueria Mercat (a food market to you and me). Labelled as one of the top food markets in the world you can totally see why when traipsing past all the vibrant fresh produce and the sheer amount of food at your disposal is incredible. The list of different foods available is endless, from fresh seafood to meats, to fruits and vegetables galore, to dry ingredients, sweets and hand-made chocolates there really is something for everyone. You could literally spend hours browsing through the colourful walkways. Just be warned, I stopped at almost every fruit stall in awe, don’t buy at the first one you see! As you delve further into the market, you will find cheaper prices and different produce which you may prefer (I learnt the hard way!)
All in all, I could write for hours on end about the beautiful Barcelona. As much as I’d love to, I have assignment deadlines coming up which I should probably focus more on. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post of a few moments in BCN, until next time!