A City Break Guide to Barcelona
- DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 -
Sangria, beaches, football & all the good food, I mean … what else could you ask for?
I booked this 4-day break for my partner’s 26th birthday and at this point I still contemplate whether this city break was a gift for him or a cheeky gift for myself as well. Barcelona was certainly a breath-taking trip with very few cons to this remarkable Catalonian destination. Keep reading for my little insight on the beautiful city of Barcelona …
Weather in Barcelona
Let’s get the ‘boring’ but, very important part out of the way first, weather. Barcelona is known for their warm climate, ranging anywhere from 10 degrees Celsius in the winter months to mid-30’s in the summer. My partner’s birthday is at the end of March so, we experienced quite pleasant weather, to be honest. Not too hot, not too cold but, if it was up to my icebox self, I would have definitely relished the mid-30 degree weather. Whilst we were there, temperatures sat at around 20 degrees Celsius and this certainly did not stop me from rocking the summer dresses, accompanied by a light jean jacket of course. If you’re planning on travelling to Barcelona, I wouldn’t put weather on your list of things to stress about, at least not too much!
Where to stay in Barcelona
Barcelona is the 2nd largest city in Spain which makes it very overwhelming to decide on the right area to stay in when booking. Although I’ve only been to the beautiful city once, I did quite a bit of research prior to booking which really helped narrow down where we wanted to stay. When booking, I knew I wanted to be close enough to La Rambla but, far enough that it wasn’t hustling and bustling 24/7. I also wanted to be close to a metro station for easy travelling around the city which, may I add ended up being a life saver for our poor little feet! We stayed in the neighbourhood ‘Eixample’ right near the metro station ‘Girona’. Eixample is home to the very modernist buildings built by architects like Gaudi or Montaner. Seriously stunning, just the buildings themselves are a must see!
List of Neighbourhoods in Barcelona:
You have lots to choose from & to help I have linked below another website that goes through each of the following boroughs for you!
- Barceloneta Barrio
- Barcelona Sant Neighbourhood
- Bogatell/Ciutadella Areas
- Eixample District
- El Born Barrio
- El Raval Neighbourhood
- Gothic Quarter – Barri Gòtic Quarter
- Gràcia Barrio
What to See & Do in Barcelona
To say Barcelona has lots to do and see would be an understatement. My partner and I are the type to cram in as may sights as we possibly can to the point where I would like a vacation after our vacation just to recover, can anyone else relate? We may be a bit insane but, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Why don’t you start by grabbing yourself a coffee [or tea] and take a stroll along Passeig de Gràcia. Admire the beautiful architecture of Gaudi’s masterpieces whilst taking a peek at all the lux shops along the way. I didn’t fall victim to a luxury indulgence but, boy do I wish I did!
If that doesn’t take your fancy, head out of the city centre and up to the mountain top north of the city to a stunning cathedral. Tibidabo, can be seen from any where in the city and I kept finding myself wondering about how to get there and just the need to be up there. So, on the last day of our travels, that is exactly what we did. But, I’m not going to lie, what a mission!! We took the metro to the over-ground train station, then a train to the edge of the city and a tram that took us up the mountain. All of the frustration of getting there, left my mind the second I got to the top, turned around and saw the entire city of Barcelona before my eyes. 100% recommend the hassle lol!
For my football lovers out there, the Camp Nou experience is out of this world. You pay one price for entry to the tour at a specific time and then once you’re in there you can spend all the time you like learning the history of the club, gawking at all the champions league trophies, snapping pics down pitch side and taking in the view from the press box. Definitely one of the best stadium tours I’ve done and a nice break for your man (or woman) from all the hustle of the city.
Oh Park Güell, extremely beautiful I must say but, be prepared to walk up a steep climbing streets along the way. But, don’t worry my coffee lovers, there are a handful of delicious self-owned coffee shops along the way. I treated myself to an iced latté, yum yum yum! Once you get to the park itself, you can either pay to enter the park which in my opinion was very busy or like us, walk the out skirts of the park and enjoy your personal space lol. Equally as beautiful!
Top Sights to see & do in Barcelona (plus prices):
- Parc de la Ciutadella – FREE
- Palau de la Música Catalana – FREE (unless you go to see a show)
- Plaça d’Espanya, Barcelona – FREE (TIP: there is a roof top you can go up to for €2.00 and it’s got a gorgeous view)
- Tibidabo – FREE
- Passeig de Gràcia – FREE
- Camp Nou – €26.00
- Barcelona Cathedral – €7.00
I could honestly go on for ages about our lovely little trip to Barcelona but, I’ll leave it at here for you. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below and I will answer them for you!
Don’t be afraid to leave suggestions if you’ve been … If you haven’t picked up yet, I absolutely loved it and would definitely revisit!
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