A Travel Guide to Barcelona

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

One of the reasons I knew I’d be with my boyfriend a long time is when he told me he loved travelling. We’ve been to Greece, Dublin, Germany, Amsterdam and Barcelona was next on our travelling bucket list as I’ve always wanted to go. So before I knew it, we’d booked a 4 nights, 3 day break to go and visit the city and we weren’t disappointed. This isn’t a full itinerary of our trip, just some of the highlights and a few recommendations if you ever get the chance to visit Barcelona yourself!
El Nacional 
El Nacional was literally every Instagram lovers dream; the photos online don’t do the place justice. Every single corner of the place looked straight from Pinterest/Instagram, as you can see and we couldn’t resist stopping here for an Aperol spritz. I wanted to stay here for dinner, but the places that weren’t as busy were very expensive but I’m glad we stopped there for a drink! One thing I’d say is that we actually found El Nacional really hard to find, as it’s not very noticeable from the street. 

Tee - Dorothy Perkins 
As you can see, I was SUPER happy to be having an Aperol Spritz after a long day walking around Barcelona!

But if you’re a fan of places which are just generally beautiful to be inside and look at then you’ll love visiting El Nacional when you’re in Barcelona.

 Ever since I was a young girl I’ve always wanted to go and visit Park Guell. My parents went to Barcelona together when I was younger and I was so jealous and I knew I wanted to go with my other half when I was older (and now I have!) It was a super sunny day (about 25 degrees) and we were just soaking in the atmosphere and the beauty of the park. We also sat on those famous mosaic seats as well as went on a visit to Gaudi’s house.

Jumpsuit - £22.99 New Look via ASOS
Cat Eye Sunglasses - £12 from ASOS
Clutch Bag - £20 from ASOS (also available here)
For this day in Barcelona I opted for a jumpsuit as I want to stay comfortable but still look stylish. I love it when New Look come out with a good jumpsuit as they seem to last me for years! I wore this with my new favourite bag from ASOS, but it’s originally Kurt Geiger and my trusty vans which I can’t seem to be without when I know I’m walking somewhere all day!

As you can see from the photos above it’s such a beautiful park. We probably spent 3 or 4 hours here so it’s well worth visiting! From what I can recall, It didn’t cost a lot to go to Gaudi’s house or to get into the park either.

FC Barcelona Stadium Tour
Now here’s a tip for all you coupled up ladies, if you end up going to Barcelona and your other half is into football you’ll need to set some time aside to visit the FC Barcelona stadium. It’s absolutely MASSIVE and it’s currently getting an extension to fit over 100,000 people, mad eh?! We probably spent 4 hours (at least) here so make sure you are wearing comfy clothes. 

It’s a little out of the centre of Barcelona so make sure you hop on the tube as well. I actually really enjoyed the tour (considering I’m not a huge football fan) and it was really cool to visit one of the most popular (and famous) stadiums in the world. Also, you’ll probably need to set aside a little bit of money for this as the tickets are about 40 euros!

Arc de Triomf 
Whenever my other half and I have been on a city break we get the bug to just see the cities history and that was definitely a huge part of our trip. One of the sites we visited was the Arc De Triomf (which I didn’t know there was two?!) as I have been to the one in Paris. It’s such a beautiful landmark and well worth visiting if you’re visiting Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia 
I remember learning about the Sagrada Familia in school and so I was super excited to go and visit it when I was in Barcelona. The queues to visit here are huge and so we ended up booking online the night before (which was a godsend!) and we were let in straight away. We spent a fair few hours here and it was such a beautiful place to visit and learn about the history. It’s still being built which is mad as Gaudi (the artist) began designing this in the 1850’s! 

It’s due to be finished around 2026 so I would love to go back and visit to see it in it’s full glory. It’s such a beautiful, historical place and if you take one thing from reading this post, make sure that when you’re in Barcelona you NEED to see the Sagrada Familia.

Unfortunately for me and Ben, we were only here for 3 nights so there was not much else we could fit in, but we definitely want to go back and see more (and spend a day shopping in central Barcelona!)

What do you think of Barcelona? Have you visited? Do you have any city break recommendations?
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Unknown said...

Barcelona has always been on my bucket list too, it's so beautiful! :) xx

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angelika eM said...

lovely places and lovely photos <3 <3

Lisa Autumn said...

I just LOVE Barcelona.. you look gorgeous btw!

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