The British Bindi team have had quite an eventful Summer, from travelling and meeting wonderful people to carnivals and crazy parties. We’ve found it hard to catch our breaths (and blog), but what a perfect way to end the season by taking a break in the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Barcelona seemed to be the city that pleased us all; Art, culture, city, food, parties, sun and beach, what’s not to love? And it’s safe to say we had an awesome time! Even though we couldn’t complete our jammed packed schedule, (we seriously overestimated how many places we can be in one afternoon) we did create the most amazing memories.
Here’s a rundown of our quick tips and highlights of our trip.
1. La Sagrada Família
We appreciate great architecture, but it’s rare to come across a building that completely takes your breath away. The Sagrada Família did just that. A huge Roman Catholic Church designed by the phenomenal Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. It’s been 134 years in the making and is still a work in progress, pictures will not do this place justice… you will be gawping at the detail — honestly, we were staring in silence for at least fifteen minutes!
2. Paella in Port Olimpic
We grabbed some (by some… we mean massive portions) of paella at La Fonda Del Port Olimpic. Locals highly recommended this area for food, suggesting it was fairer priced and better quality compared to other tourist areas. We agree, and so did our food babies after the meal!
3. Views from the W Hotel
Culture, partying and sun did tire us out. However, unwinding and relaxing with this view completely rejuvenated us. There’s a selection of restaurants and bars, including a cool sushi bar Eclipse on the top floor and be sure to dress smart as the W Hotel is super swish.
4. 1st Sunday of the Month Freebies
Culture on a budget? On the first Sunday of each month, selected museums and attractions are free entry. So you can see amazing works by Picasso, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (pictured below) and many other fascinating places. Check out this great article to find out more and take advantage of this.
5. Gothic Quarter
There are plenty of beautiful buildings to see in Barcelona that are architecturally phenomenal. The Gothic Quarter in particular has beautifully and intricate detailed buildings. Whether you take a stroll along the streets or pass through on a tourist bus, the Gothic Quarter is well worth checking out.
Meet people from around the world in numerous bars in popular Las Ramblas, or dance until the sun comes up in Port Olimpic’s awesome clubs. Our favourite clubs were Shoko and Opium, fantastic vibes and excellent service at both venues, they’re perfect if you’re a fan of R’n’B and Hip Hop music. Barcelona’s nightlife consists of something for everyone and in the Summer season there never seems to be a dull night.
7. Sunrise on the beach
Whether you stumble on a sunrise as an early-riser or from partying a little too hard, take a moment to take it in. This a great time to reflect on how lucky you are…you’re in a beautiful city, with people you (hopefully) love being with, and there’s something inspiring witnessing the early birds of society starting a fresh new day.
8. Hanging at the beach
Ok… we have to admit that we spent most of our holiday at Port Olimpic! But this is one of the reasons to love Barcelona, being able to enjoy a major vibrant city and chill out at the beach too. Besides, who doesn’t love skipping on the beach?
9. Camp Nou Stadium
We’re not all big football fanatics, yet there’s something special about Camp Nou, that’s worth checking out. The glory and spirit of Barcelona FC creates a great atmosphere. Worth the visit.
10. Magic Fountain
We thought we would end this article with the Magic Fountain, as unfortunately, we ran out of time to see this! We’re taking the positive from this, as we definitely have to go back and catch the spectacular lights in the evening.
Let us know your Barcelona experiences in the comments below, and perhaps places British Bindi should check out on our next visit.