A quick guide: Barcelona, the heart of Catalonia.

Barcelona is a travellers dream – one of the reasons i can’t stop writing enough about the city. Here is a quick guide.

What not to miss?

  • Gaudi – breathtaking architecture
    • Sagrada Familia  – A church that’s under construction since 1882 and hopefully the city will fulfil Gaudi’s dream. His love for natural forms is clearly visible. Get tickets by booking online to avoid long queues. 
    • Also visit Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and Park Guell 
  • Civil War tour – a unique way to experience the city
    • The rumbles of the war can be seen and felt in the story that Nick Lloyd or Catherine Howley will present.
    • No better way to experience the city, especially la rambla and gothic quarter.
    • 3 hours of tour – i felt were totally worth the money
    • If interested, book for the tour by sending an email here.
    • More details can be found on this site
  • Camp Nou – unbeatable experience 
    • The chants of Barca Barca will stay with you forever 
    • Book tickets online in advance 
  • Picasso Museum – a fitting tribute
    • Wonderful museum covering the journey of Picasso
    • Save Money: Most museums are free on first sunday of every month and all sunday afternoons. 
  • Flamenco Show – sing & dance
    • Various places to watch the show but none better to experience it than Palau de la musica
    • Absolutely stunning concert hall showcasing talent from various fields
    • You can book tickets here after checking schedule.
    • No photos allowed inside – especially while the show is in progress.
  • MNCA – unforgettable evening
    • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya showcases some of the best exhibits and arts
    • Located on Montjuic hill, this is a must visit not just for the art but also for the serene evening scene from its staircase
    • If you are lucky you will even catch a dance or music show performed by street artists 
    • However, the main reason to come here is the Magic Fountain that is right in front of MNCA stairs.
    • Showtimes for Magic Fountain for 2016.
  • Monserrat – amidst the mountains
    • Even though the city is beautiful, who doesn’t like some time away in the mountains and possibly a good trek?
    • Monserrat is an ideal escape to some fascinating mountains and a beautiful monastery in middle of those mountains.
    • You can take a train to Monserrat from Placa d’Espanya station. It takes about an hour to reach.
    • Try any one of the cable trains up the hill after reaching monserrat.
  • Parc de Montjuïc – a walk and a cable car
    • Parc Montjuic is a great walk once you reach up the hill – also has Juan Miro museum
    • Take the cable car to barceloneta beach and back! It’s fun!
    • You may club this visit with MNAC and Magic Fountain
  • Barceloneta beach – early morning and evening
    • A lovely walk at sunrise or a long walk (or nice swim) at sunset
    • Lookout for the locals working out on the beach.
  • Night Life – doesn’t stop!
    • Famous for its night life that starts at 12pm and extends to 6 am
    • Barcelona is extremely safe even at night – so go ahead and have a ball.
  • La Boqueria (the famous market)
    • Browse around in the famous market. Plenty of options to buy fresh vegetables, fruits, dry fruits and chocolates.

Wanna quench your hunger?

  • Refer to my blog on Sweet Side of Barcelona
  • There are always the usual american chains of burgers and sandwiches around if you don’t prefer the cafes.

Worried about the stay & cost?

  • Stay at hostels. I have stayed at Barcelona Central Garden (BCG) Hostel & Primavera hostel. Both highly recommended.
  • BCG has a very family vibe and really good facilities. It is also closer to the centre of the city.
  • Primavera on the other hand has a very young vibe, great facilities and lively environment. 

How about some shopping?

  • Casa Gispert (gift article shop)
  • Diagonal Mar (one of the biggest shopping area)
  • Maremagnum Mall (beautiful views of the port)
  • L’illa (Avinguda Diagonal)
  • Carrer de Sants – street known for shopping
  • Passeig de Gracia (street with branded shops and boutiques)

If you are looking to buy some Lindt chocolate – head to Carrrefour – good collection at much cheaper prices.

I have provided some details on some delicious local chocolates in the other blog i referred to earlier.

Barcelona is definitely my favourite city in the world. Let me know your experience and things that you did on your trip! Would like to learn before my next! :0)

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