La Mercè Festival | Barcelona 2016

La Mercè Festival | Barcelona 2016

I booked a very last min holiday off work last month, it was pretty random for me as I’m normally usually super organised. But I hadn’t been away with my family in such a long time and we were all keen on going to the La Merce Festival in Barcelona so I just thought, why not?

Place to Visit in Barcelona

The first place we visited was the Parc de la Ciutadella as a lot of the La Merce Festival events were going on there. It was so big tho – there is a whole zoo inside of it. We did get lost – a few times! It often gets called ‘Barcelona’s own Central Park’, it did remind me of Central Park a little bit it was really vibrant and had lot’s going on. It had a giant mammoth statue when you walk in, which I thought was really random but there’s probably a story behind it! The park I reeeallly wanted to visit tho was the Guell Park it has like a £5 entry fee which I found a bit bizarre for a park but I definitely think it would be worth the money. Its design was created by the famous architect Gaudi – you should look up the pictures on Instagram it looks amazing. It just happened to be a massive storm the day we had planned to visit on the tour bus so we got soaked and had to stay in the hotel for the rest of the night.

We then had a little visit to The St Josep – La Boqueria which is known to be one of the best food markets in Europe. After browsing up and down La Rambla, we went in for a quick peek to see what it has to offer. The food looked absolutely delicious and they had a selection of fresh pastries and cakes. But, it just wasn’t my cup of tea at all. I felt like I was at a busy nightclub with people pushing and shoving to get in front of the queue. It was far too busy because the festival was on, so there were tourists from all over the world rummaging around the stalls. I think the best time to go to the market is off-peak times.

La Mercè Festival | Barcelona 2016

La Mercè Festival | Barcelona 2016

Talking about nightclubs we met up with some other tourists who were keen on exploring the Spanish nightlife. So, we all ended up going to the Moog nightclub. It’s a small nightclub downtown which is just off of La Rambla which is known for its tech/house music. Not my usual type of place, but it was actually really fun. But make sure you go in advance because the queue was massive!

The next place we visited was the Basilica Of Sagrada Familia, which is a church building designed again by the famous Gaudi. They have been building it for over 100 years and it’s still not finished. The detail and stories that have been put within the architecture is the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen. I never got the chance to go inside but on the outside of the building was phenomenal.

La Mercè Festival | Barcelona 2016

We also came across the ‘The World Begins With Every Kiss’ on our wanderings. It is a form of wall art but when you look closely it is a mosaic made up of thousands of tiny photos. I looked into it more because I thought it was a really cool idea and I found out that each individual tile is printed with a photo of a person, a place, a moment, an event or something which in some way represents an expression freedom. Cool eh? It is also right next to an amazing Vietnamese restaurant called Bun Bo. We sat there for hours sipping sangria and sharing platters. I would highly recommend!

La Mercè Festival | Barcelona 2016

Well, that was a few of the places I managed to visit, but I was only there for 3 days. I definitely want to go back to Barcelona and explore it a bit more. Wander Lust Bee gave me major inspiration on places to visit the next time I go – you should have a look at her blog post!

Have you been to Barcelona… What’s your favourite thing to do?

20 Comments

  • Reply Carlee McDot October 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Without having much of a plan you surely got a ton done!

    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Haha this is very true – we were really unorganised but the reception staff helped a lot. Sangria also gives me the gift of the gab so I just asked other tourists or english speakers hehe!

  • Reply Kyla October 25, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    This is my first time checking out your blog and you are gorgeous! I am so jealous of your trip to Barcelona! It’s one of my fave cities ever!
    Kyla
    Wanderlustkyla.com

    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Aww thanks Kyla! Barcelona is amazing, I wish I had more time to do more touristy things 🙁

  • Reply Tiffany Grace Devereaux October 25, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Wow! Sounds like an Inc subtle experience. I love finding fellliw tourist to hang out with and trade finds with. I’ll have to check out that night club!

  • Reply Sharon Wu October 26, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Gorgeous photos babe! I really want to visit Barcelona soon (been on my to-visit list of places to see for a while) and your photos are seriously giving me major wanderlust! The desserts look so good! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/lifestyle/what-to-pack-weekend-road-trip/

    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Aww thank you lovely! Barcelona is honestly a wonderful city I wish I had more time to explore it 🙂

  • Reply Ellie October 26, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I remember going to Barcelona years ago with my Family. Such an incredible city! Gaudi’s architecture was definitely a major highlight… although I won’t lie that at that age I didn’t live climbing the 300+ steps to the top of the Sagrada Familia lol!

    Ellie

    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Haha omg I didn’t know it was so many steps.. 100 years to build yet no lift haha!

  • Reply Lizzie Braicks October 26, 2016 at 3:12 am

    This looks like SO much fun!

  • Reply Samantha Sito October 26, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I want to go to Barcelona!!!! Never been haha! Great post gal!

    Samantha

    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks! You definitely have to go 🙂

  • Reply Leopard Couture October 26, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I would LOVE to visit Barcelona one day! I love your gorgeous photos, and I LOVE your romper- so adorable! Thanks for sharing babe! -Mitra xx

    http://www.leopardcouture.com

    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      You should just go! Thank you, my romper was from Missguided it’s so comfy 😀

  • Reply Jenn October 27, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Wow, sounds like a wonderful trip! We haven’t visited Barcelona yet but it’s definitely on my travel list!

    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      It was fun! I definitely recommend going 😀

  • Reply Chelsea M. October 31, 2016 at 12:43 am

    The food in Barcelona looks amazing! I’ve never been but it’s high on my list!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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    • Kumbear Xo
      Reply Kumbear Xo November 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      You should! The food is soo good. You can do it cheap as well if you book in advance or air bnb it!

  • Reply Zorica November 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing…
    I have a blog post about Barcelona too so if you like you can check it….
    xx

  • Reply Alicia November 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Glad you had a fab time girl, the food market looks amazing!

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