Barcelona in 3 days
Barcelona in 3 days
I recently spent 3 days in Barcelona, chilling with my bestie. This city exudes a raw Mediterranean vibe and has absolutely frenzied colors everywhere- and these two things you will notice as soon as you enter Barcelona. I loved waking up in this city and going around saying “Hola!” to everyone I met throughout the day (it’s thrilling everytime, really!). There’s a lot to do in Barcelona and it took internet research, trial and error, getting lost in the city at 1 am, etc. to figure what to do when there’s just about 3 days at hand. So here I am, sharing the list of things that I feel one should definitely do on a short trip to Barcelona; but before that- The Pictures ! 🙂
La Rambla– This is easily one of the most vibrant parts of the city where people are around till the wee hours. It’s a street with restaurants, shops, portrait artists on both sides and an insane number of tourists walking around. Take a walk around and you’ll notice gothic architecture in the lanes, small fountains, etc. The cheery vibe of this place will instantly put you into your most peppy mood! Locals would advise you against eating here, but if you still get tempted to sip Sangria while chatting with friends and watching people walk by, Casa Lola is the better one for Tapas and Sangria.
Placa Reial & Gothic City– Placa Reial is a small square, easily walkable from the main street of La Rambla. If you are going to Barcelona, you really do not want to miss the yummy Paella! A small but nice restaurant for this is the Les Quinze Nits- I would definitely suggest this over the Rambla eateries. Later in the evening you can catch a show of Flamenco at Tarantos (My favorite part! I loveee dance. ) You will be watching authentic Andulasian folk dance very closely. Be sure to book ahead and shed any apprehension for closed spaces before you enter! You’re up for a performance happening very close to you, in a room jam packed with cheery audience.
Take any of the tiny lanes from Placa Reial to explore the old gothic city ‘Barri Gotic’ on foot. The lanes are narrow and somewhat intimidating, but they are perfectly safe for a casual walk. Aspiring architects and anyone who appreciates beauty in structural details would totally dig this place. For everyone else too, this a cool hangout place with eateries, bars and popular nightclubs in every corner; you’ll figure where your kinda crowd is!
Gaudi– Take a look at the masterpieces by the most prominent and celebrated architect of Barcelona. This guy did not believe in Right Angles and used, well, a frenzy of colors for his work. Parc Guell (book ahead! ), Casa Batteo, Casa Mila, La Sagrada Familia. The latter 3 can be done at one go- you may even like a walking tour. You can check out the one that I took- here. If you fall short of time, I would suggest that you enter only Parc Guell and appreciate the others from inside your cab. You cannot unsee or forget this architecture, I can assure you. You’ll find yourself spotting Gaudi inspired stuff all over the city after this.
Barceloneta– Maybe not the most picturesque beach I’ve been to, but hey, how could we not chill at a beach when there was a nice one available! Barceloneta is a longish stretch which has many beaches. I loved the one closer to the W Hotel (it’s only big structure spotted from anywhere in Barceloneta). Just bathe in your sunscreen and spend many heavenly hours there, having Beers, Mojitos and Tapas!
Font Magica, Montjuic– Famous for its light and fountain show, this is supposed to be one of the best fountains in the world. Make sure to check the schedule before freezing your dates for your trip- you must not miss this one! Unfortunately the magic light show wasn’t on when I visited, as it was a weekday, but I still explored the fountains which are open for visitors throughout- it was lovely. The national Museum of Art of Catalunya is right there too; walk up the stairs to get an amazing view of the city.
Camp Nou (FC Barcelona)– All the Football fans, say Si to this one! This is more than just a football stadium, as they have a pretty good museum dedicated to the football club’s history. Read more about my visit to Camp Nou in mu upcoming blog post.
DRESSING UP: Casual dressing in vibrant colors. Go rock your favorite shorts and playsuits.
SHOPPING: You can pick up chic swimwear from Calzedonia. Don’t forget your sunblock!
TRAVEL TIP: It’s really easy to lose your way in the city as the names of areas are very similar. Pay attention to the prefix and suffix of the Rambla, Gran Via, etc. before moving around. – That could determine whether you’re going to end up at a shopping street, or a residential area that is miles away.
Have a fun trip and don’t forget to click pictures. Adios and Fravel along!