At the start of the year I decided to set myself a few challenges to work on in 2014. (You can see my blog post by clicking here) One of these was to travel more! You could class this as cheating as I actually booked this trip in December, but last weekend I went to Barcelona! I’ve wanted to go for a few years now and I’m extremely glad I finally got to visit this Mediterranean city!
As a part of my ‘Travel’ challenge I thought it might be nice to share my top 5 places of each place I visit, hence the title of this post! So without further ado below are my top 5 things to see and do in Barcelona.
One of the main things I wanted to see in Barcelona was the work of Antoni Gaudi, a Spanish architect who’s work is exceptionally decorative. He used a lot of ceramics and stained glass amongst other medias in his creations.
From the picture above you can’t even begin to believe the time and money that must have been put into building such a beautiful park. I’d definitely say this is a must see in Barcelona. The only thing that could have made it better for me was the weather, as the day that we decided to go was a bit overcast! But nevertheless it was still breathtaking with extraordinary design and views.
Palau Guell is another of Guadi’s work. Again it did not disappoint. The amount of detail put into the interior as well as exterior was amazing – ranging from gold leaf ceilings inside, to the mosaic sculptures on the roof terrace outside.
If you have a couple of hours in which you’re not entirely sure what to do with (which I doubt would ever happen) the Montjuic cable car gives will give you the best view of the city! It’s not for everyone (especially people with a fear of heights!) But it can get you quickly and easily to Montjuic to see the castle, Olympic stadium and Magic fountain! The best thing is that there’s also the Metro stop ‘Paral.lel’ which connects to a racktrain that will get you pretty close to the top, so if you don’t want to ‘fly’ both ways there’s an easy way out!
I will admit, the Olympic stadium was a little bit of a let down. There was a football game on so we couldn’t actually get inside to have a proper look around (this was the main reason we went to Montjuic in the first place!) But the surrounding grounds made a nice place to explore.
Lastly, there was Parc de la Ciutadella. This came as nice surprise as we sort of stumbled across it not really knowing what was there. We entered the Park just for a little walk and the further in we got the better it was! This fountain really made it special, you can walk to the top and you get some pretty spectacular views.
All in all I really enjoyed my time in Barcelona! I actually booked it as a surprise 21st Birthday present for Joe which should hopefully make the memories more special. The verdict is that I will definitely go back, hopefully sometime soon, perhaps when it’s a little bit warmer. There’s a lot left to explore and I wish we had more time!