Barcelona Travel Guide

Photography, Spain, Travel

With this blog I want to share some of my past travel experiences. I’ll be sharing mostly photographs but maybe also some tips and recommendations. First up is Barcelona, which was the first destination for our Spanish road trip.Like a lot of people I love to travel and share my photographs with friends, family and on social media. Unfortunately I have no big future travel plans since I’ve just graduated university. But just before graduating I took a 2 week trip through Spain with my boyfriend and it was so beautiful! I was able to check off so many art and architecture bucket list items! Here are some photographs of beautiful Barcelona (mostly of Antoni Gaudí’s amazing buildings) and also a short things to do and food guide! I apologize for the length of this post but I took a lot of photos!

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View of Barcelona from Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell. Getting this shot was hard since it’s currently undergoing a restoration so half of the area was closed off making it even more crowded!

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Gaudí’s Casa Batlló apartment building in centre

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Gaudí’s magnificent Sagrada Família that has been under construction since 1882. I’ll be making a return trip in 10 years to see it when it’s all done!

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The interior of the basilica that can only be described as a stone forest

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Heavenly light reflected inside Sagrada Família

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The Palau de la Música Catalana with the amazing “sun” glass ceiling

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That glass ceiling is just incredible

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Gaudí’s Casa Milà

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Gaudí’s Casa Batlló at night

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Rainy street in El Born

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Beautiful buildings in the Eixample District

What To Do in Barcelona by Neighbourhood

Montjuïc

If you’re a fan of modern art then check out the Fundació Joan Miró. It’s such a beautiful museum with a great collection and amazing views of the city. We also went to the CaixaForum Barcelona which is an art gallery with rotating exhibitions. There was a Disney art exhibition on when we were there so I had to go since I’m a big Disney fan! Although we didn’t visit the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya it’s close to the other two galleries and it looked really interesting!

El Born & Gothic Quarter

Walking around these neighbourhoods is really interesting and there are nice little shops. El Born is less touristy than the Gothic Quarter and you can also visit the Picasso Museum while in the neighbourhood. While I think the Picasso Museum in Paris is far superior this one is really nice too with an interesting collection. The Palau de la Música Catalana is worth visiting and you must book a tour if you want to see inside. The tour is really interesting and the building is just beautiful!

Gràcia

Park Güell is a must for any fans of Antoni Gaudí. This park is so beautiful but be sure to buy tickets for an early time slot in advance since it gets busy!!! Make sure you walk around the rest of the park a little and not just in the “monumental complex”.

Eixample District

Our Airbnb was in this neighbourhood and it was also super pretty to walk around since the buildings were all so different and interesting and the streets were lined with trees. Sagrada Família is another must do if you’re a Gaudí fan but be sure to book your tickets in advance. We booked tickets for the late afternoon so the sun would be streaming through the stained glass and lighting up the interior of the basilica. Although I wouldn’t recommend paying the hefty entrance fee to visit Casa Milà (La Pedrera) or Casa Batlló, two of Gaudí’s apartment buildings that are mostly empty inside, definitely go for a walk down Passeig de Gràcia to see them from the outside.

What To Eat in Barcelona

Barcelona has great food and some of the places we went to that we really enjoyed were:

Nomad Coffee – all they serve is coffee and although I’m not a coffee drinker I have it on great authority that it was really good!

Brunch & Cake – seriously good hipster brunch and they have a few locations.

Auto Rosellon  -we stopped here for a quick snack after arriving in Barcelona and it was great.

El Nacional – known for their seafood, this Instagramable restaurant is made up of different tapas bars in one beautiful building off of the touristy main street Passeig de Gràcia.

Parking Pizza – this was a really good alternative to tapas and the pizza was honestly so delicious, it was also conveniently located close to our apartment in Example District.

Tapeo Bar – great little tapas bar in the old quarter where I had the most amazing eggplant which is one of my least favourite veggies.

Turris  -apparently one of the best bakeries in Barcelona that was right across from our apartment but sadly we didn’t discover until our last day, also amazingly priced.

Casa Lolea – we went for brunch but it also looked really good for other meals.

Flax & Kale – another one that we went to for brunch but also looked really good for lunch/dinner, really good option if you’re looking for something a little healthier.

Cerveceria Catalana – this seemed like a pretty authentic tapas experience and the food was great! we elbowed out way to the bar and the whole experience was a little hectic but delicious.

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Brunch & Cake: eggs benny on activated charcoal waffles and pancake with granola & ricotta

Thanks for reading and check back soon for more travel guides from Spain and other destinations!

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