What to see and things to do in Barcelona

BARCELONA IN SEPTEMBER

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I was in Barcelona for five days this month and fell in love with the place. The chilled atmosphere (despite its political troubles), perfectly warm temperature and beautiful architecture are all things I was told to expect but there's something about seeing it all in real life that makes it more magical. I vlogged my trip for my YouTube channel but it's also linked at the end of this post if you want to see exactly what I got up to. In the meantime I thought I'd jot down a few useful links in this post in case you're going for a short trip yourself and want to know some fun things to do in Barcelona.

PLACES TO EAT

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There are so many options to choose from in Barcelona. For something very visually pleasing, I would head to El Nacional which is a multi space restaurant in the centre serving traditional Spanish dishes. If you watch my vlog you'll hear me rave about Flax and Kale which was so good I went there three times during my stay. It's plant-based food so it's all incredibly healthy but it tastes amazing too. It is quite pricey and I don't think many of the locals go there but I think it's definitely worth a visit.

I would suggest asking for local recommendations in the area you're staying as you'll get the most authentic food and it will probably be cheaper too. I had the best paella and tapas I've ever had during my stay there and both were because my friend lives in Barcelona so knew where to take me.

WHERE TO VISIT

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There really are endless beautiful spots in Barcelona but I'll list the main things I think you should do/see on your first trip to the city.

  • Sagrada Familia - the most incredible thing I've ever seen. Book tickets online before you go.
  • A free walking tour - this company do a Gaudi and Gothic Quarter tour where you pay however much you think the tour was worth at the end. Again you can pre-book or turn up on the day. The meeting points are very easy to find.
  • Park Güell is beautiful to walk around. I didn't go into the ticketed area but the rest of it was stunning.
  • Hola! BCN travel card - unlimited travel on the Metro and bus for five days was around 30 Euros. Pick one up here.
  • Parc de la Ciutadella. Another beautiful park my friend brought me to.
  • Barcelona Cathedral. I saw this from the outside on the Gothic Quarter walking tour but would love to have gone inside.
  • The beach! I love how close it is to the city centre, you get the best of both worlds
  • La Boqueria maket. A huge food market near the main shops, this is a sensory experience and a great place to pick up a cheaper lunch when you're wandering around. Just watch your bag when you're busy staring at all the tasty food.
  • Plaça de Catalunya. If you want to do some shopping, there's a Sephora, Mango, Zara and lots more.
  • El Born has more boutique style shops which are a bit different to the usual highstreet giants.

I hope you found this post useful. Have you ever been to Barcelona? Have I tempted you to visit?  Feel free to leave any suggestions of  things to do in Barcelona in the comment section to help other people out too. 

Check out what I picked up from Duty Free in this post