Prior to my trip I found out that most people had travelled to Barcelona at least once or several times and absolutely raved about it. Therefore I thought I was one of the last people to visit! My trip to Barcelona was a last minute weekend away in March 2013. Barcelona is a surprising gem full of delights. So colourful, architecturally stunning and very friendly. Just strolling through the French quarter on a Sunday morning you witness the countless families and dog lovers out enjoying the many recreational areas plotted around the city.

The city is huge and all the sights are sparsely spread out so I’d recommend jumping on the Barcelona Bus Turistic. The buses have three routes which stop at all the tourist hotspots with audio commentary. You can jump on and off all day and with only one ticket price. It’s the perfect way to explore the city and make the most of the time you have there.

Park Guell and the many mosaics throughout the park

You can’t visit the Barcelona without seeing Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia so that was one of our first stops. This stunning half built cathedral is a sight to behold. I’d recommend going inside to see the towering sculpted commons and spectrum of colours from Gaudi’s eclectic vision. Another good sight to visit is Gaudi’s Park Guell, entrance is free and is full of sculptures, mosaics and the perfect place for a panoramic views of the city. Gaudi’s masterpieces don’t stop there – you also have the Casa Mila and Casa Batllo in the city centre. 

Football fans can also pay homage to the best football team in Europe by visiting the Camp Nou Stadium and paying for the Nou Camp Experience. This tour includes access to the pitch, changing rooms, press box and the massive trophy room. 

The Nou Camp Stadium Experience

I spent two days exploring this city and it was not enough time. I totally understand why people have revisited time and time again. There were parts of the city we only caught a glimpse of such as the Olympic Park, Port and the countless museums and parks dotted around the city. 

I will visit again and hopefully in the summer when I can take full advantage of all the sights. Barcelona is a little expensive, but I had been pre-warned it would be. If you take the plunge and follow my footsteps to this beautiful city be prepared to walk a lot, eat plenty of tasty Tapas and be surprised by how easily you’ve fallen in love with this place like I did.     

Have you visited Barcelona? Where was your favourite spot?