Hello, my dear travellers!
Today, I’m taking you to, for me, the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to, Barcelona. This is my first visit to Spain and I am so grateful for that. Spain was always my big wish and on the very top of my travel list. At the end of the high school, when everyone had a chance to visit Spain and have the time of their lives, we went to Greece. I’m not saying that Greece isn’t beautiful, and that isn’t worth visiting, but it’s just not Spain. Short and clear.
This trip, we managed again with the travel agency, Jungle tribe. It was the 7-day long trip that included: Venice, Barcelona, Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo. It was really cheap, so thumbs up again for this amazing travel agency. They are my favourite, so I warmly recommend them to all of you.
If you are in Spain, especially in Barcelona, then you have summer in November. This trip was in November, more precisely from 8th-15th November 2016. A day before the trip, we were in Zagreb (place of departure), and the weather wasn’t so good, we had autumn-winter jackets with us. I remembered that I was freezing while waiting for the bus in front of the Arena Hall, around midnight. The weather has drastically changed when we came to Italy, in Venice. Jackets were removed instantly and we enjoyed a long walk in Venice. In Venice, we had a quite long break, for around 9 hours, so we had time for discovering. It was ma third visit to Venice, but I still found some new places. Venice is an amazing city, but I will keep a story about it for a next blog post.
Our hostel in Barcelona for 3 nights was Sun&Moon. The perfect thing about that hostel is its location. It’s located one street behind La Rambla, the main pedestrian mall in the centre of Barcelona. It stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. We were located in an 8-bedroom, with 6 amazing people from Belgrade. We were all around the same age, so we immediately clicked with each other and had a great time there. This hostel offers a breakfast, which is very poor, but okay, it exists. Room was classic and as simple as it can be but had enough for just take a shower and sleep over. Not crazy to spend the time in a room on trips. If you expecting more from a hostel with a low price, then I will not recommend you this hostel, but if you are an open-minded and friendly person, who adore fun and excitement, then this place is okay for you. You get what you pay for.
You could already notice and get used to that I adore street art. Barcelona is an oasis of art. In small, stone streets, when you move a little bit far from the centre, you will find yourself in the empire of the street art. I love to say, and I will always repeat, that street art, for me, represents the soul of the city. You can read what someone didn’t have the opportunity to say, love quotes, painted movie characters, a lot of different stickers, scientists, musicians, artists and more. When I’m talking about art, I need to mention Antoni Gaudi, a big artist who built a big part of Barcelona, unusual and well-known buildings. Even if you don’t know anything about architecture or Gaudí, when you walk the streets of Barcelona you will intuitively be able to identify a Gaudí building –they are unmistakable. Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Calvet, Park Güell is just a little part of the Gaudi’s constructions. Some of them are in the photos below.
Spanish food is amazing! And when you once visit Barcelona, you can’t leave the city before you try tapas. Tapas are snacks, canapés or small plates that originate in Spain, it comes in many different forms and can vary greatly throughout Spain. In Spain, tapas can include practically anything – from a chunk of tuna, a cocktail onion, and an olive skewered on a long toothpick, to piping hot chorizo sausage served in a small clay dish, to a gourmet slow-cooked beef cheek served over a sweet potato puree. We tried a lot of them, around 15 different flavours and I can’t pick the best one. All of them was so delicious. The price is also great. Many of them are 1€/each, some bigger and richer are 1,50€ or 2€. Very acceptable and you will not stay hungry. So, when your journey takes you to the Barcelona, take a walk to the Carrer de Blai, the most famous tapas street in Barcelona. You will see hundreds of restaurants that serve tapas. Grab a cerveza and try them all!
Don’t miss a chance to visit Park Güell, one of the major works of Gaudí in Barcelona, public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements. In order to ensure your visit and avoid queues I recommend to book your ticket online. Individual tickets are around 15€, but you can get a discount if you a travelling with a group. You don’t want to miss a chance to photographs a famous colourful bench, one of the longest benches in the world. We missed it and regret it 🙁 We didn’t know that we need to buy a ticket for that part of the park (another part is free for visitors).
When the sun goes down, all the magic reveals in Barcelona. The city lights are everywhere, everything is cheerful and noisy. The underground is full as well as the streets. Everywhere people sell souvenirs, dance, sing, cheer. Barcelona is one big happiness. Take a night walk and be a part of this magical story. On weekends, The magic fountain of Montjuïc is the main attraction. The magic fountain is a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics – if you mix these elements together in just the right combinations, you end up with pure magic!
I told myself this is just the first introduction with Barcelona. Next time, I’m taking my mom with me, who is so excited about all my stories about this amazing city.