Hey everyone, and welcome back! I recently returned from my amazing trip to Barcelona, Spain. We stayed for 9 days and let me just say, it was an experience I will never forget. Everything from the food, to the architecture, to the beaches was incredible! I am so happy I had the opportunity to visit at this time.
Now for those of you planning your own trip to Barcelona, there are a few things you should know as well as a few things that are worthwhile doing while you are there. So without further ado, here are my Top 6 Musts when visiting Barcelona!
- Visit the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell– Antoni Gaudi is one of the most integral architects of Barcelona’s unique landscape. He designed several buildings including the breathtaking cathedral, the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Both locations are incredibly unique and unlike anything I have ever seen. They are definitely worth visiting during your stay.
- Take a stroll on the Rambla de la Catalunya – unlike “Las Ramblas” that makes its way into the Gothic Quarter, Rambla de la Catalunya is a less touristy area filled with shops and food. We ate dinner on that strip almost every night we were in Barcelona and all the places were amazing. Not to mention many locals stopped for tapas in a lot of these “cervesarias”. If you want a less touristy experience, in the most touristy city in Spain, look no further.
- Visit one of Barcelona’s beaches – If you are looking to turn your trip into a duel sightseeing/relaxation vacation, then you might want to check out one of Barcelona’s public beaches. My favorite was Bogatell, as Barceloneta (while nice) was too crowded and rocky for me to fully enjoy.
- Skip the hotel breakfast and eat at a bakery – Bread is super important in Spain, as well as in other countries in the Mediterranean. Within the city there are so many bakeries to choose from and they are all amazing and super cheap. A typical breakfast for 2, averaged us around 6-6.50 euros a day. Try a croissant or Flauta with Jamon (Iberian cured pork) and a café con leche.
- Take a day trip to Costa Brava – Our trip to Lorret de Mar and Tossa de Mar was easily the highlight of our trip. Climbing the Fort at Tossa de Mar, swimming in a little cove beach, and eating right by the ocean were some of my favorite experiences from visiting Spain. Not to mention, Costa Brava is extremely beautiful. Definitely go if you can!
- Try the local specialties – Pan con tomate, cava (sparkling wine) and Fideua (Catalonian Paella) are three of the specialties we had in Barcelona that are unique to the Catalonian region of Spain. You can also find tapas from other regions of Spain that are incredibly popular: patatas bravas, anchovies, croquettes, jamon, chipirones (baby squid or octopus), and one of my favorites, gambas a la plancha (grilled prawns). Trust me, if you love food like I do, one of the best gastronomic experiences will be in Barcelona.
Favorite places for tapas/food:
- Cuidad Condal (assorted tapas)
- Forn Boix (baked goods, Nutella croissant)
- L’ Escamarla (seafood paella)
- El Nacional (tapas)
- Can Fisher (Fideua)
I hope you enjoyed this post recounting my trip to Barcelona through my top 6 musts to do while there. Now onto packing to move for medical school in the next few weeks! Stay tuned for more posts on that!