Barcelona, Spain

I recently went to Barcelona with my older sister and our family friend. Before going I didn’t really have any expectations on what it would be like, I didn’t have that much prior knowledge on Spain. It was all a surprise to me, my sister planned most of the trip.  Here is what we did and what I recommend you do on your trip to Spain:

La Sagrada Familia was one of the most insane buildings I have seen architecturally.  The detail put into this building was astonishing and the size of it was even more incredible. In Barcelona a lot of the buildings look really similar, they similar architecture and the same heights. The city in general is very symmetrical. This made La Sagrada Familia stand out even more. You can go inside of it, but a lot of the time it will be extremely busy, and it is quite a bit of money as well. So, we decided to just admire from the outside, but found it just as breathtaking as if we went inside.

Park Guell:  This was one of my favourite parts of Barcelona. It is free upon entry unless you want to go into the series of structures that were designed with the idea of geometrical shapes at the time.  Throughout the park there are a ton of unique structure, not to mention awesome plants. The park is placed on a hill that overlooks almost all of Barcelona. The views of the city are incredible. We took a hop on hop off bus tour to get to the park, which was a good decision on our part as it is quite a ways up the side of a big hill in Barcelona and definitely out of the main area.  

Hot Air Balloon- When we were in Barcelona, we booked a super very spur of the moment hot air balloon adventure.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and to be quite honest I am super afraid of heights! Doing this was definitely something I thought I would never be able to do!  Once I got onto the balloon all my fears kind off went way, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Something about it was so calming. It was really quiet, and it also wasn’t even windy even though we were flying pretty fast. If you look up hot air ballooning in Barcelona, a bunch of companies will appear, and you can pic the one that is the most appealing to you. We chose a company with a 1-hour ride, complementary lunch and drinks, and shuttle to and from Barcelona.

The night life in Barcelona is crazy. It is known for having some of the best bars/ clubs in the world. If this is something you are interested in, I highly suggest you try the nightlife out in Barcelona.  There are tons of clubs that are great, I am not going to post them, but they will come up when you google Barcelona Nightlife.

Food: In Spain they have something called Tapas, these are like what we call appetizers.  In Spain, locals will get a few Tapas at one bar, and then move to another Tapa bar get some more and so on. They also eat dinner really late in the city here.  A local dish is also called Paella, this is a rice dish and traditionally has a bunch of seafood mixed in with an amazing sauce.

Walking Barcelona beach is another awesome activity you can do. The main beach stretches really far so it is fun to walk down and watch the surfers, and the street performers. 

Las ramblas is the main street in Barcelona with a ton of shopping and dining.

Montserrat was another highlight of Barcelona. The one thing that might be standing in you wya is that this trip needs to take whole day pretty much. You need to train for about an hour there and an hour back. This is definetly worth the travel time though. When you get to Montserrat you take a cable car up the sid eof this huge mountain until you reach the town tha was built there so many decades ago. The picture do not show nearly how high up you or nor how beauftiful it really is.