Every year I end up in this fabulous city Barcelona when the Telecommunications conference called Mobile World Congress is on.
This is my fourth time here and little did I realise it’s slowly creeping up into my top 5 favourite cities in the world!
It’s easy to spend a week here because there’s so much to see and do in this fantastic city. Let me state for the record, if you are a foodie then YOU MUST VISIT BARCELONA! Bring your appetite with you because you’re going to need it, this city has so much great food on offer!
If you can spend more than a day here, then I highly recommend it (more blogs coming soon). However, if you’re limited for time, then here we go… This is what I would do!
8 Things to do in a day in Barcelona
If you have nothing else but a few hours in Barcelona, then this IS THE PLACE TO VISIT! This master piece of architecture needs to be seen to be believed. Get there early and line up or pay online (you can do it on your phone, which we did!) this way you can bypass the line-up. My photos don’t do it justice it’s truly incredible, the amount of detail in his work is truly amazing.
Once you have finished at the Sagrada Familia there here are few different options for you.
Location: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
Do the hop on hop off tour which you can find at the Place de Catalunya. Here's where you buy your tickets and get on the bus. One year my husband and I were so hungover we hopped on and didn't get off until we arrived back at the start. It's a great way to view the sights quickly and get a feel for the city.
Location: Place de Catalunya
Take a walk down and in and out of the La Rambla and head towards the water, it’s just beautiful along this part of the city. There are heaps of different shops, retailing, tapas bars, restaurants etc and when you reach Mercat de la Boqueria (markets) stop of for some lunch.
You can grab some cheese, ham (which the Spaniards are known for), olives, bread, fruit or gra yourself a slice of pizza. You can enjoy your food whilst have a quick drink at El Celler de la Boqueria where you can buy a glass of wine for 3 euro (or buy a bottle). There are also many tapas bars in the market as well.
Location: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona
If you are an art lover and want to see The Picasso Museum, it's not far from La Rambla. Once you have finished viewing the museum you can wander around in that section of town that's filled with different types of shops. It’s really quite interesting and please note you can’t take photos in the exhibition rooms.
Location: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona
The Gothic Quarters are located just off La Rambla. I love wandering in and around the little side streets in this part of the city. You never know what you’re going to find, there’s so much here on offer. Enjoy the shopping or eat your way through this really cool area!
This place is very well known in Barcelona so I suggest you get there early before it's packed. That way you can relax and enjoy the fantastic tapas and cava without being overcrowded by people. When it gets too busy and you can’t move anymore then make your way down to El – Nacional (a very short walk) to continue enjoying your evening.
Location: Rambla de Catalunya, 18 (Barcelona)
This place has a variety of foods all under one massive location. You can sit or stand around the bars drinking and eating tapas in the middle, or sit and dine at one of the many surrounding restaurants around the venue. There's always something here for everyone but make sure you get in relatively early (before 9pm) or be prepared to line up! I have been here by myself and with groups of people, and I can honestly say it doesn't matter what your situation is, just make sure you check it out! #mustseeinbcn
Location: Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
My overview of Barcelona
I have recommended all the above to friends of mine who have been to Barcelona and they’ve not been disappointed! It's up to you what you want to do, however, these are my personal few picks. This city is filled with great food which is available everywhere you turn. Eat, drink and enjoy your time there, it's truly a great city. Welcome to the magnificent Barcelona!
Note: Petty crime is a real thing here so these are my tips!
Males: There are pick pockets in Barcelona so keep your valuables safe and don't put your wallet in your back pocket!
Females: I always put my money/credit cards in my top jacket pocket and only carry my water, umbrella, and other bits and pieces in my bag.
General: I would avoid taking anything really valuable as I once had a hotel try to break into my suitcase looking for Louis Vuitton bag I purchased on a friend’s behalf.
All this aside its only petty crime, they are not going to hurt you! It's a great city, I feel safe so please don't let this deter you! Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world, it's like Europe's New York City! Make sure you check it out!
Until next time I travel, I see, I share. This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!