So You’re Going to Barcelona

24 Jul

A friend of mine will be going to Barcelona at some point in the next few weeks and I figured I could kill two birds with one stone: my blog post for the day and giving her some tips for her weekend. And maybe, just maybe, this post will help someone else who’s planning on taking a trip to this fantastic city.

First of all, stay in the Gothic quarter. It’s the historic center of the city and a great neighborhood for walking, plus it’s close to everything.

Without further adieu, some things any traveler ought to do/know/see in Barcelona.

Parc Guell: Gaudi designed this park as a housing development, because he’s insane. It’s got crazy architecture (I was going to include a picture, but I couldn’t pick one. Just Google image it) and a great view of the city. I never actually got around to seeing the inside of Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Família, but I don’t feel like I missed out too much since I saw this. There’s a reggae band that busks there all the time called Microguagua – I actually downloaded some of their music when I came home. It’s a great place to walk though, even though it’s super crowded. Oh, and be careful if there’s a guy there with eight dogs – they attacked an innocent bystander while I was there and it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen. But seriously. Parc Guell is awesome.

Catedral de Barcelona: It’s the oldest cathedral in the city, I’m pretty sure, and is in the old Roman center of the city. You can stand in one block and look at the Roman wall, medieval cathedral, and modern apartment buildings. Pretty cool. They charge for entrance to the church during peak hours of the day, but if you go later in the afternoon they don’t. Also there’s an elevator (on the left side of the church, about halfway back) that takes you up to the roof, which is pretty cool. They charge for this, just a couple of euros, but I managed to sneak on the elevator for free. Cheap college student. While you’re here, just wander around the Gothic quarter, it’s all beautiful.

Ovella Negra: Of the bars I went to, this is my favorite. It’s underground, sort of a cave-like environment. The sangria is delicious (and if you’re in Barcelona, you MUST drink some sangria) and you’ll probably meet some new people here. Watch your glass, as everywhere – one of my roommates got roofied here and was lucky enough that her friends were watching her. Oh, and skip Dow Jones. It’s not worth the hype.

Clubs: If you’re into the club scene, just go down to the beach. That’s where they all are and you can just walk between a half dozen different huge clubs.

Mexican food: The person I am writing this post for mentioned recently that she missed Mexican food in Spain. Rosa Negra is in the Gothic quarter and it’s delicious and not too expensive. It’s a bar with Mexican food and margaritas. Enjoy.

Font Mágica: Montjuic is a huge park in Barcelona, it’s pretty awesome. But if you’re not going to take the time to walk through the whole thing (which is fine, it’s just a big park) you should definitely try to see the Magic Fountain. It’s all colored water set to music and it’s a great place to sit with some friends (or, in my case, a journal). In the summer, you can watch it from 9-11:30 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. When the weather gets colder, it’s 7-9 on Friday and Saturday.

That’s just a few things, but should be enough to get you started 🙂

Barcelona is absolutely fantastic. Love it as it deserves.

2 Responses to “So You’re Going to Barcelona”

  1. ianmulligan08 August 3, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    A good reference if I ever find myself in Barcelona.


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