Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Travel | 3 Days in Barcelona

Hello All! 

I have recently just returned from a girly trip to Barcelona and I have been so excited about writing up this post to doucment what we fitted in to our small time in the city. A three-day visit is perfect for a short but intense introduction to the city. I have written a small guide below to advise what you can fit into your time such a beautiful city. 

We flew in to Barcelona early on the Saturday morning so that we could fully enjoy our first day there, early morning flights are more expensive however I think it's worth it for a extra full day. When we landed we picked up a local taxi to take us into the city and to our Air Bnb apparement which was situated in the picturesque Born district of the city. After dropping our bags off we started our exploring, here a few sites we saw over our weekend: 

Hop-On Hop Off Bus Tours
Barcelona is such a large city, you simply won’t see everything there during one weekend. One way to cover a lot of ground is to go on a bus tour. We took a ride on the Barcelona Bus Turistic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus which included 3 different routes stopping at 44 different stops around the city, offering around 5 hours of ride time. You can hop on and off the bus as you please to explore various parts of the city. Along with your ticket, you will receive a pair of earphones to listen to the commentary. WiFi is also available on board at no extra cost on all of the buses. 

The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, it’s a fascinating area to walk around as many of the buildings date back to Medieval times and the architecture is great to admire. The Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) is also located in the Gothic Quarter which is also worth a visit. 

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Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is in the heart of the city with bustling city streets and a vibrant atmosphere, it's an iconic landmark and one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. At the bottom part of the Las Rambles you'll find a small street markets and also a beautiful harbour.

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La Sagrada Família
No visit in Barcelona is complete without a visit to the La Sagrada Família.The construction for the church stated in the late 19th Century and is still a working progress, it's a try Gaudi masterpiece. If you want to take a tour and visit the inside, I would recommend buying / booking a ticket before hand.

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Park Güell
Park Güell is a little off-the-beaten-track, but totally worth the effort to get there.  Wander through the gardens and take your time looking at all of the unusual and colorful sculptures and mosaics throughout the park. 

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Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Gracia is the shopping mile of Barcelona, filled with international chains and brands from around the world. As it's also lined with stunning modernist buildings, it's a great area to wander around for shopaholics and architecture fans. 

Camp Nou
Camp Nou is a must-see for every football fan, whichever your home team is. This stadium is a breathtaking experience and worth a visit around if you have the time. 

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Top-Tips: 
  • Barcelona is known for its pickpockets. Be careful with your belongings.
  • Taxis in Barcelona are cheap compared to those in other major European cities. They're easy to flag down in the street.
  • Take a bottle of water out with you, in summer it can get very warm.
  • Remember your suncream in summer. Bring it with you from home if possible, as suncream is quite expensive in Barcelona.

I hope this post has been helpful for you, if you have been let me know what your top tips and sights where. 

P xx

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