Unfortunately, the weather is Barcelona was not ideal the day that I had for exploration. Although the clouds were continually present and the rain came down as I tried to soak in Spain for the first time, I still enjoyed my day in this city. Here are some of my personal highlights from Barcelona and my recommendations for your next visit!
Plaça d’ Espanya
I stayed at a lovely Airbnb near Plaça d’Espanya, which was very convenient for getting to and from the airport (thanks to Aerobús) as well as the heart of the city. If you choose to stay in this area, or even if you just have the time to stop by, make sure to walk to the Palau Nacional, the highlight of this area!
Probably one of the most famous tourist areas of Barcelona is the Park Güell. The cost for entrance was not worth it for me since the sky had turned the darkest I had seen all day, but I was still able to see some of the beautiful Gaudí designs from the outside.
Another famous destination in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia. This famous church is located within the beautiful Plaça de Gaudí park. If you do not have enough time to go inside (the wait time is usually a few hours) you should still at least walk around the block to see all sides of this stunning church.
Arc de Triomf
The entrance to the Parc de la Ciutadella is the famous Arc de Triomf of Barcelona. The most spectacular part of this arch is the attention to detail exhibited on the arch. Walking through the arch and heading into the Parc de la Ciutadella is quite a spectacular experience that I would recommend to all visiting Barcelona!
Santa Maria del Mar
One of my favorite parts about traveling in Europe is seeing churches. The Santa Maria del Maria was one of my most favorite I have seen so far. From further away, you can see the beauty of the church looming ahead. Close up, its significant structure is undeniably breathtaking.
You truly feel transported into another world when you enter the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The small and narrow streets lead you through hidden alleyways and secret paths to lively restaurants, colorful shops, and of course exquisite architecture. Of all the places in Barcelona to spend your time, the Gothic Quarter should be your first stop.
A well-known spot within the Gothic Quarter is the Barcelona Cathedral. Designed in the typical Gothic style, this church has amazing details and is well worth a stop on your Barcelona trip.
While the weather was not on my side when I had my day in Barcelona, I was still very much enchanted by this city. My main recommendation would be to go when the weather is nice, and when you have lots of time. This city is meant to be enjoyed slowly with the sun shinning down on you. If you are lucky enough, you might even be able to fit in a day at the beach as well. Enjoy Barcelona!
Article by Megan K. Lethbridge
April 1st, 2017