I was a bit apprehensive when I learned that I was headed to Barcelona.
(I know – I’m going to hell for saying that).
But my first time in the city wasn’t all that great. I found it too big, not clean enough, and a bit scary, in all honesty. And how I had to go back there, by myself? Ah well. Beggars can’t be choosers, right?
But as it turns out, of course I had a great time in Barcelona. And so did my iPhone!
Mini sandwiches at Hansel
Tapas in Barcelona are, quite unsurprisingly, the best possible treat. Not only are they pretty cheap (when you pick the good places!), there also a great way to learn more about the often misunderstood Spanish cuisine. No, it’s not spicy, and no, it’s not all about tacos.
That’s Mexico, people. Not Spain!
Sunset on Las Ramblas
Park Guell in the morning
The funicular up Montjuic
Barcelona is such a photogenic place – I couldn’t keep my hands off of my iPhone! The city is very inspiring – you never know what gem awaits around the corner, be it a gorgeous balcony, a funky patterned facade or a brand new graffiti. Barcelona truly is a sight for sore eyes.
I did however try to be discreet, because, well, I didn’t want to be the solo traveler gal who wonders why she was robbed after she spent all day showing off her valuables…!
The beautiful Plaza Reial just off Las Ramblas
The incredibly beautiful lampposts of Passeig de Gracia
Architecture was one of my favorite things to look out for in Barcelona. Of course, anything that Gaudi created is absolutely fascinating, unique, and original. But despite how awesome Gaudi is, there is SO much more to explore, architecturally-wise, in Barcelona. Whether you prefer medieval, gothic architecture of the Barri Gothic or the more ornate balconies of Eixempla, there truly is something for everyone. And such an eclectic mix of styles!
Barcelona was definitely better the second time around. I’m not sure what changed – probably me, actually. But I had a really nice time exploring the different neighborhoods, eating my weight in patatas bravas and just enjoying all the good things in life, really.
I never thought I’d say that – but Barcelona, I will be back.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of EasyJet Holidays on this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.