Travelling is probably one of the best ways to open our minds, see new cultures and ways of standing in life, so, the wish of travelling plays a main roll in humans existence, so that they can get access to more and different knowledge. This allows us to achieve a personal knowledge and a better understanding of the world that only traveling, connecting with different people and cultural means can offer.
(The view from Park Guell)
Barcelona was my first trip after turning 18 and starting to travel independently, and I guess I couldn’t have chosen a better destination having in consideration my interests, money, time and company.
My partner and I rent a apartment in the area of Poble Sec, which was practically near the city center and had a metro station with the line L3 that was very useful in our discovery of Barcelona.
In those 5 days, that past so, so quickly, we saw some of most beautiful monuments that we have ever seen and which I highly recommend everyone to visit during their lives.
One of our first visits in the city was the port and the beach. We had a walk in the Ronda del Litoral and Rambla del Mar in the end of the afternoon and it was so pleasant to see such beautiful fusion between the Mediterranean Sea and the downtown of Barcelona. Here we found many restaurants with traditional food, which we had to visit in our last day.
In the next day we visited La Rambla and Barri Gòtic where we found a lot of commerce. We stopped in Plaça de Catalunya to eat our sandwiches and delicious fruits that we bought in a huge market called Mercat de la Boqueria. Then we headed to Passeig Gràcia to visit Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “La Pedrera”, both design by Antoni Gaudí, with an architecture considered to be completely innovative by the time their were built.
The following day was spent appreciating the beauty of Picasso’s paintings in Picasso’s museum and the huge and spectacular Sagrada Familia, a church that I recommend everybody to visit because of its grandiosity and unique architecture.
I also have to refer a small bakery we found close to the Picasso museum called “Barcelona Reykjavik” that sells organic bread, and some sweet treats like cookies and muffins, so delicious, so natural and pleasant to our palate. (This is their website http://www.barcelonareykjavik.com/ca/)
Barcelona, besides the distinctive architecture has impressive parks like Park Guell that contains amazing stone structures and stunning tiling designed by Gaudi and the evolving natural beauty of trees and plants chosen to be part of Park Guell.
In our last day we visited Montjuïc, Joan Miró Foundation and some of the many parks that we found in this hill.
At night, we went to a typical restaurant in the area of Barceloneta, and had a pleasant and romantic Saint Valentines dinner. We wanted to try traditional food, so we started with a potato tortilla as a appetizer, and as a main dish my partner ordered a seafood paella and I ordered a vegetable paella. The vegetable paella was completely mouth-watering, so I advise everybody to try it when visiting Barcelona!
A final note, if you are vegetarian it might not be easy to eat in Barcelona. There are some health food stores all over the city, like Veritas, and you can easily find Maoz Falafel near La Rambla and “Organic” in La Boqueria, but it’s hard to find more than that, so if you are planning to dinner out in a veg restaurant you should do some research before.