Barcelona, Barceloneta, Barceloniiita here we come! As you can probably tell, I am super excited for our little holiday next week! Paul and I went to Spain last year, in Tenerife, and we fell in love with the country, so we decided to explore Barcelona this time. We also heard too many good things about this city from all of our friends who visited! So I did my little research and came up with our itinerary for the week, dusted off my InDesign skills and created the template below that you can save or pin for when you decide to explore this beautiful city as well!
Here are the reasons why I chose everything you can find in the template:
Sagrada Familia - it is one of the most famous churches in the world, with stained glass columns that bring the place to life, having rainbow colours showering down onto the church's walls. According to Ladies What Travel, 'outside the three grand facades, intricate designs cover the walls in their entirety, with different styles being embraced in the telling of Christ's birth, life and death. Visitors pass under the tree of life, with animals and wildlife to be spotted wherever you look and throughout the church, areas are dedicated to everything from saints to sins.' This is so beautiful that it's impossible not to wish to experience this in real life.
Casa Battló - this is one of the famous buildings in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudí (as well as Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Parc Güell, Cascada Fountain at Parc de la Ciutadella etc) and it has many organic and skeletal characters – Casa Batlló also carries the name Casa dels Ossos (House of Bones) amongst the locals. Both the facade and the interior of the building are spectacular examples of Gaudí’s architectural vision, creating organic, non-linear lines and harmoniously integrated sections. (Culture Trip)
Park Güell - it is said that Park Güell shows Gaudí's work best, displaying his architectural genius at its highest peak. The flora of the park was also carefully selected, as Antonio Gaudí worked very hard to make the buildings and shapes to blend with the nature of the area, being very vocal about the plants and trees they should have in the park. The Eccentric Englishman wrote a very in-depth article about the park and it definitely made me eager to explore this oasis of creativity!
Casa Mila - one of Gaudí's most controversial designs, Casa Mila was publicly ridiculed by local critics and the newspapers when its plans became public, because of its unusual design: an undulating, asymmetrical facade, rough stone appearance, the imposing wrought-iron balconies, etc. It is also a design very rich in Catholic symbolism, displaying statues of the archangels St Michael and St Gabriel, as well as figures of the Virgin Mary and excerpts from the Rosary.
@Julie Farrugia & Samuel Ludwig
Gaudí's Home - only reading about these beautiful buildings makes me want to know more about Antoni Gaudí; and how can you better discover a person than stepping into his own house?
La Rambla - is exactly 1.2 kilometres long and nearly everyone who visits Barcelona walks along this boulevard. Back in the day, in Barcelona, a city of narrow, winding streets, the Rambla was the only space where everyone could stroll and spend their leisure time. Because of its central location, the Rambla became a meeting place for all the social classes. Today, you can find plenty of shops and restaurants on this street, remaining the heart of the city.
La Barceloneta - Barcelona's classic neighbourhood by the sea, where the people of Barcelona love to come and eat fish, seafood dishes and tapas. This is one of Barcelona's oldest and best-loved beaches, with the harbour on one side, beach on the other and restaurants across the seafront. What's more to wish for?
El Born - The trendy El Born area is characterized by narrow medieval streets offering designer boutiques and cafés by day, and cocktail bars and samba at night. I absolutely love having my coconut latte in a trendy café, surrounded by history and astonishing architecture.
Ride electric scooters throuhg the Parc de la Ciutadella - I cannot imagine a better way to get around the city and maximise your time spent there, especially that no one likes a hot tube during the summer. Also, Parc de la Ciutadella looks like a piece of heaven with its fountain, Cascada Monumental, resembling the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Yoga on the beach - this one can be done anywhere, obviously, but this time we want to make sure we allocate some time for our body and mind, to have a few minutes where we stay still and focus on our breathing, taking in consideration that our holidays are mainly hectic, with us being eager to explore everything possible within 5 days.
Arc de Triomf - the Moorish-inspired style ‘Neo-Mudejar’ is what gives the arch its particularity: the unmissable red bricks, standing out in the blue Barcelona skies, were the design of architect Josep Vilaseca. There is also a mixture of sculptures representing symbols of agriculture, science and arts, industry and commerce. Vilaseca’s main message with these sculptures and designs was for Barcelona to welcome all nations to the Fair. ( Everything Barcelona ) To me, this seems a very good spot for having ice cream and taking some pictures with Paul :).
Gothic quarter - since living in London, I learned that no matter how much time you spend exploring, you will always stumble upon yet another enchanting square or mysterious alleyway. And that's exactly what we plan doing here: let ourselves get lost and hunt for the perfect dinner spot!
The Red House - as you probably know by now, I love finding hidden Instagrammable places wherever I go, and Barcelona is no different! After a good Pinterest session, I found this beautiful Red House that encapsulates best the Spanish feeling!
Palau de la Musica - although it is still a fully functioning music hall it is equally as popular as a tourist attraction with guided tours around an interior renowned for its distinctive and ornate style. According to the Culture Trip, this is 'one of the city’s many modernist landmarks, this turn-of-the-century masterpiece is possibly one of the most overlooked gems in the city.'
Eat Paella & Drink Sangria - last but not least, we cannot visit a place without enjoying its culinary culture. We will be on a hunt for the best paella and sangria whilst exploring sunny Barcelona!