Barcelona, a city that captivated me from the moment I stepped off the plane. The cosmopolitan capital of the Spanish Catalonia region, Barcelona is a place where art; architecture; history and the best vibes all come together to create one never-ending fiesta!
There is so much I want to share with you from my trip to Spain so I thought it would be best to break it down in a few blog posts. I’ll have a few photo diaries as well as my suggestions on what to do in both Barcelona and Madrid.
So let’s start from the beginning with photos from La Rambla which is a street in central Barcelona that is filled with tourists and locals. When I landed in Barcelona, the city was still in a slumber so my first impression was that of a quiet area, until later when the crowds descended in their masses. It’s a 1.2km stretch of a pedestrian mall that has beautiful trees lining the famous street. It connects Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. I cannot even tell you the amount of times I walked up and down this famous street. From clothing stores to souvenir shops and tapas everywhere you look, you will find whatever you are looking for.
While exploring La Rambla, you will find the famous Boqueria Food Market. A place that overwhelms your senses and houses all food imaginable. I popped in a few times there as I loved looking at all the different types of fruit they had.
One of the ideal locations to stay in, is Plaça Reial, which is where we stayed our first night. It’s a square in the Gothic Quarter that was built in the 1850’s and has a lively nightlife. It leads to the Gothic Quarter, also known as Barri Gòtic, which is the center of the old city of Barcelona. It was built in the late 19th and early 20th century, though several buildings date from medieval times. It’s a labyrinth of small streets that you can spend hours walking around in. Along these streets you will find the Carrer del Bisbe, a beautiful neo-gothic style bridge.
Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my Barcelona Photo Diary. I’ll have Part 2 up soon plus my tips on what to do while you’re there. Would you guys like suggestions for accommodation?