“You haven’t been to Barcelona?!” This was the surprised reaction I got throughout last year. So I made it a duty this year to explore the most visited city in Spain. I took a Monday off from work and spent 3 and a half days in Barcelona.
Thanks to a kind friend from Barcelona, I didn’t pay anything for accommodation.
Below was what I did for my 3 day stay.
Placa d’ espanya ( Day and Night)
Placa d’ Espanya or Plaza de España is the most popular location where many activities take place in Barcelona. Just walking around Plaza de españa you’ll find interesting places to eat, sights to see and things to do.The Catalonian National Art Museum and many other Musuems are also located in this plaza. Make sure to climb up inorder to enjoy a beautiful sight of the entire plaza. I advice you to come here during the day and night. During the night, the Museum lights up with different ray of lights reflecting towards the sky.
Fee: 15 euros
November to February,
9 am to 6 pm
9 am to 7 pm
April to September,
9 am to 8 pm
9 am to 7 pm
December 25, 26, January 1 and 6,
9 am to 2 pm
Address: Carrer de mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
One doesn’t simply talk about visiting Barcelona without mentioning the Sagrada Familia at least once. Barcelona is synonymous to this grand architecture. The Sagrada Familia which means the Sacred Family was founded by world renowned architect Antoni Gaudi and built in 1882 (162 years!). The Cathedral is still in construction and yet to finish in 2028. It is 550 fts (170metres). You can take a cool selfie in front of the the Cathedral or go in for 15 euros. Fun fact of the Sagrada Familia is that the only funding it receives are from tourist visits.
Another popular hot spot in Barcelona, the Ramblas is a combination of 5 streets. It is the spot where locals and tourist go to. Here you can find all the Halal food you need and also masjids to perform prayer. Las Ramblas to Barcelona is what Lavapies is to Madrid. I stopped by here for lunch at Paloma Blanca. The food was delicious!
Fee: 22.5 euros, 15 euros for students
Hours: Everyday; 8:30 am – 9pm
Address: Passeig de Gracia, 43, 08007 Barcelona
This was by far my favorite sight to see. I personally think that Gaudi is a genius for having such a creative imagination during his time period, which is still unique today. Mr. Batllo hired Gaudi to design his house, hence the name. The Casa Batllo perfectly reflects his work. Not only would you be inspired by the designs of this house turned Museum, but the interactive video engages you and brings each design to life. Normally when I go into museums, I find it boring listening to the audio regarding the history of painting or historical evnts but this was a game a changer. See for yourself!
Entry fee: 5 euros; Free on Sundays after 3pm
Hours: Everyday; 10am- 8pm
Address: Ctra. de Montjuic, 66, 08038 Barcelona
The Montjuic castle is an old military fortress built in 1640. It is currently Barcelona’s Municipal facility and Museum. The Montjuic castle is on a hill overseeing the Mediterranean sea. The ride to the castle itself can be fun if you decide to hike up there (free) or get on the cable care (8 euros). Using these methods you can see the entire astonishing city of Barcelona.
Although the list for my day 1 activity looks small, It took me 12 hours to explore all the places above. I started my adventure at 10a.m and came back around 10p.m. Naturally, I was exhausted and went straight to bed once I got to the apartment.
Fee: 4.30 euros
Hours: Everyday; 10am- 7pm
Address: Carrer del Comerc, 36, 08003
This is an awesome Museum that showcases the history of chocolate in Europe, its origin and the process of making it. In the museum you’ll find chocolate sculptures of famous characters like the Asteriks, Marvels,Minions, Stuart Little, Don Quijote etc. It is a fun and an educative place to spend with friends, family or children. A cool thing about the Museum is that the entry ticket is a chocolate bar that you scan to get it in. I must say after the tour, I started craving something sweet.
Parc de la ciutadella
Address: Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona
Barcelona has a lot of parks, but Parc de la Ciutadella is highly recommended. I could see why after my visit there. For an early Sunday Morning, Parc de la ciutadella was already bustling with activities. There were people taking part in some type of Tai chi exercise, others drumming to an ongoing marathon, while some people dance on the grass. It felt really lively. Parc de la ciutadella was created in 1869. It’s a large park with several sites inside. A Majestic fountain, a pond where you can ride a boat, a parliament, a zoo, A large Mammoth etc.
Fc Barcelona Stadium Camp Nou
Fee: Free! ( entering and taking pics infront of stadium)
Hours: Everyday 10am- 6pm
Address: Carrer Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028Barcelona
This is where the FC Barcelona team plays. I am not a Futbolista but I thought it was the right thing to do to pay homage to Madrid’s rival.
Hours: Everyday 8:00am – 8:30pm ; except Sunday 8:30am- 6:30pm
Address: 08024 Barcelona
A really cool park inspired by Architect Gaudi. This is another must visit sight in Barcelona. As you go down the hill towards the park you’ll find the Architect’s house which has a very distinctive shape. You’ll also find cave like corridors where by buskers play smoothing music. Once you have come down the hill, you will find a long line of tourists standing in line to either purchase a ticket or enter. Skip that line, turn left and go straight on until you see the entrance to the park. There you can purchase your ticket and enter.
Bunquers del Carmel
Address: Carrer de Maria Labernia, 08032 Barcelona
Once Barcelona’s best kept secret. If you have the stamina and strength you can climb up the hill to get to the top of the bunkers. I must tell you the hike is worth every tired breath. Here you can enjoy a 360 view of Barcelona. The best time to come up here is during sunrise and sunset.
Hours: Everyday; 8a.m- 12a.m
Address: Calle Parlament 39, 08015
I was recommended to this delicious restaurant by a friend. And I am glad I had breakfast there. The cost of the food is average but what I love the most is the way the food is served. This restaurant is great for Instagram foodies.
Parc de Joan Miro
December, January & february, daily from 10am to 6pm.
March & November, daily from 10am to 7pm.
April & October, daily from 10am to 8pm.
From May to September, daily from 10am to 9pm.
Address: Carrer d’Aragó, 2, 08015 Barcelona
This large park with lots of open space is also known as the Parc l’Escorxador , a former Slaughter house. It is visited by tourists and locals alike and a great start to exploring Plaça Espanya.
Address: Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, 08038
Located in the Joan Miro foundation, This museum pumps pure mercury through its fountain. It’s definitely a sight to see. Note: Mercury is dangerous when in contact with the body. A glass frame is placed around the fountain due to its toxicity however the site is a beauty.
I didn’t get to go to all the places, I planned but these are some of the best places to enjoy a meal in Barcelona. Try and eat in at least one of them before you leave Barcelona, you’ll thank me later.
Picnic Restaurant: Carrer del comerc Barcelona, 08000: *Great for Instagram pics*
Casa de tapes Canota: Carrer de Lleida, 7, 08004 Barcelona
La Cova Fumada: Carrer del Baluart, 56, 08003 Barcelona
Mar Salada: Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 58-59, 08003 Barcelona
La Paradeta: Carrer Comercial, 7, 08003 Barcelona