This was our second time when me and my wife went to Spain. It was a short few days trip to Barcelona since my wife was putting pressure on me for a while to visit this great city. She was right; it is a must-visit location for everyone enjoying traveling, architecture, excellent foods, and amazing traditions.
In all my trips before September 2018, I used my previous camera Sony A6000 with Sony SEL 18200 E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens to take pictures. If you like the quality of the images shown below and want to find out more about these fantastic photo gear, you can read the review I wrote for the camera here and the lens here.
Okay … now let’s go back to the trip.
Tips for saving money
We booked plane tickets and accommodation a few weeks before traveling to get the best price possible. Accommodation is usually with Booking.com, but through a cashback site – like Bonus way – so we never spend too much on a hotel and travel trip. These are only examples, and you can choose what fits you best in your area. My point is that the difference between booking travel tickets and hotel a few weeks before and booking them a few days before or on location can be over $100. I am sure you can spend it on something else for your pleasure.
We also booked tickets for locations to visit online (in advance), so in this way, you can reduce to half your expenses for attending the tourist attractions. And for Barcelona, please believe me – it will save you a lot.
About driving in Barcelona, I will never advise you to rent a car. The traffic is terrible, so better use the local transport by buying all-day tickets or subscriptions for a few days.
It is Catalonia’s capital and the largest city in the area, and the second most populated city in Spain. With a population of over 1.6 million, it has a Mediterranean port, hosting for the Olympics, a multicultural meeting place, and a culinary haven.
Barcelona is about all this and more. A unique, inspiring destination for your senses, an eye-catching city with unique architectural views, a home for artists, musicians, and fashion designers. It is delightful to walk around its different neighborhoods, every one of them offering a distinctive taste that makes Barcelona a unique dish for the visitor.
Tourist attractions in Barcelona
There is an enormous number of attractions to visit in Barcelona. The most famous are:
The most visited monument of Barcelona – Sagrada Familia, which is the Gaudi‘s unachieved cathedral. Still under construction when we arrived at the location, I suppose it will be for many more years. Here are some photos I’ve shot in that day:
Another impressive Gaudi building at the Passeig de Gracia – La Pedrera. It is an unusual facade for this last civil work. Also named La Casa Mila, this fantastic building does not have a single straight line, as the facade is designed to make it impossible to draw a vertical line from the ground to the roof.
A XIV century gothic church located at the seaside, which is ornate with the famous stained-glass windows – Santa Maria Del Mar
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona – It is a work by Richard Meier. It is dedicated to works from the second part of the 20th century, and there are several works in the permanent collection and, from time to time, some exciting exhibitions.
The Picasso Museum – is the most visited in Barcelona, both for the artist’s work and for the architectural design.
Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter – Las Ramblas were where flowers are sold and where locals from Barcelona used to meet. It is a great place to admire the street artists and to look at the alive statues. The Gothic Quarter is a place to walk around the streets near the cathedral. There are lots of old antique dealers, feathers, and umbrellas merchants. A lot of historical events took place there.
Barceloneta and Port Olimpic – It is the traditional area for fishers and sailors. It is a passage before reaching the beach with Mediterranean colors and restaurants with delicious foods.
Poble Espanyol – an open-air village museum with buildings and crafts from all over Spain
Parc de Montjuic – 590 feet high above sea level, it served as a defense hub in the past, protecting the city against possible invasion. It is a place of rare beauty with plenty of things to do and places to visit – like museums, the Miró Foundation, Olympic Stadium, and Montjuïc Palace.
We were wandering on Barcelona streets for three incredible days, visiting as many attractions as we could, and stopping each other there for the delicious foods and drinks. It is a great place to visit, and we are thinking of giving it a second try, just because three days are not enough for this one.
Want to visit Barcelona? Please plan at least a week as you’ll have plenty to do with your time.
I hope you enjoyed my general presentation and now have a better idea about what you can visit and what you can do in the great city of Barcelona. Please comment below if you have any questions or if you want to add something from your experiences.
Thanks for reading through the end of my visit to Barcelona!