Barcelona, Catalunya | Travel Diary

In November myself and Nelson decided on a last minute trip to Barcelona. We booked our flights and hotel 2-3 days before we actually left, in a way it was trilling to book it all last minute as we got a bit of a deal. I’ve been to Barcelona before, back in February 2012 and I lot has changed in Barcelona since then but I still managed to know my way around or recognise a couple places I’ve been before. Link to that post is here.

The main reason I wanted to go Barcelona was to see my best friend, whom I haven’t seen for over 8 years and I really wanted to go and surprise her, specially as we arrived a couple days before her birthday.

We landed in Barcelona 10am. From the airport we got a bus to a stop 10 mins from Plaça d’Espanya. From there we got the Metro to Yurbban Trafalgar hotel where we stayed. After putting our things in the room we walked around the Plaça Catalunya where we popped into a pizza restaurant as it was the only thing that was opened around the siesta time. 

From there we walked to Sagrada Family to see, which ended up being cut short as it started pouring and we couldn’t go in till 5pm meaning we had over 5 hours to kill and we was so tired to wait or go and come back. We walked back to the hotel we spent 2 hours having a power night and waiting for friend to meet us in Barcelona. 

By 5pm we meet up and spending the evening grabbing a few drinks and eating before walking around the Gothic area and down towards the Maremagnum shopping Centre. 

On our second day we decided to visit a place where my friend recommend us to go, where you have a 360 view of Barcelona. We got a 45 minute bus to Bunkers del Carmel. As you can tell the pictures speak for themselves. We didn’t know what to expect and when we googled it, the pictures didn’t do any justice. To get an even better view you do have to go over a barrier to get to the edge (don’t worry there wasn’t a big drop, we was on top of a house with 1 level). It does get busy so be aware some people tend to chill and eat, or some go full on photoshoot so get in the spot quick.

From there we walked a 20 minute walk to Park Güell. Known as one of the mosts important sights in Barcelona and is one of Gaudi’s masterpieces. We spent the evening walking around Ciutadella Park, there’s so much to see and great place for walks or to relax by.

On our last day we decided to visit Montjuïc Castle. An old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640, built on top of Montjuïc hill in Barcelona and currently serving as Barcelona municipal facility. From there we went back to Plaça d’Espanya, to meet my best friend one last time before I had to go back to the UK and to also celebrate her birthday. 

I can’t recommend Barcelona enough, the second time around was so much better than the first. I enjoyed finding new places and also take it so much of the city in little time. If you are planning on visiting my advice is do your research, search best places to visit in Barcelona you get loads of cool locations coming up, I do recommend visiting Bunkers del Carmel for a breathtaking views of Barcelona. 

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