Hi there everyone. In this blog post I'll be sharing my experience from my trip to Barcelona, Spain. I'd never been there before so I definitely went in with no idea about where to go or what to see. I lived with my family in the center of Barcelona, right next to the famous church Sagrada Familia. Although it has been under construction for more than a hundred years, there are still cranes etc. covering large parts of the facade. The amount of people who were constantly there was the most annoying though. Apart from the quite touristy church, the rest of the area was very charming and full of authentic, Spanish restaurants and local boutiques.
One of my favourite parts of the trip was seeing the architecture there. Every house and facade was different and featured more colors and decorations than I’d seen any other place. this was mostly the case in the more rural parts and outside the city. In Barcelona there was a much more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing architectural style. In fact, it reminded me a lot of Paris with the wide boulevards and small, cobblestone streets.
One thing which was definetily unique to Barcelona was the cuisine. I can’t count the amount of tapas we had, but every single place had something delicious to offer - especially the authentic Spanish restaurants and cafés that seemed untouched by tourism. A few of my favorites include:
On our second day in Barcelona we did the most touristy thing possible - we went on a hop on/off bus tour of the city. If you enjoy getting an overview of the city it is an okay way to get around, but honestly we didn’t get close to any of the attractions they spoke about. Instead you had to get out and walk a ways. But we did stop along the way and take a look at the famous Gaudí houses. The whimsical and tripe-looking houses were really fun to see in real life, and definitely worth the trip. But overall the bus trip was cold and long with no real sights to see from the bus. On a day when it was raining we wanted to go to the famous Picasso museum, but there was a line 200 metres out the door, so we went to a chocolate museum instead :)
The reason I was there in the first place was because of my brother. He plays basketball and was attending a tournament with his team in a smaller town a bit north of Barcelona, so my family decided to tag along and make a trip out of it. One of the days we drove north to see his team play and visited this beautiful beach with a rock formation. The weather was the best it had been so far, but still chilly enough for a sweater.
On our last day my father and I decided to go up mount Tibidabu, with the famous Temple of The Sacred Heart. According to Catalan legend, this is where Jesus was tempted by the devil. The panoramic view of the city is the best you can get. I was a little taken aback by the amusement park right in front of it, and frankly could have done without it, but the church was massive and impressive and I focused on that instead of the seemingly misplaced amusement park.
Overall I had a great time, although i was there no longer than 4 days, and I would definitely recommend taking a trip to the unique city of Barcelona, if not for the amazing architecture and culture, then for the food.
Thank you so much for reading! If you are interested in seeing a Sketch With Me video from the trip I have it linked below.