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.
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.
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!
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?