Full Disclaimer: Spanish Markets are Life!
There are many things to love about Barcelona and many great reasons to visit. An amazing city full of rich history, stunning architecture and amazing nightlife, it is no wonder that Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Like most people I’m sure, I have a mental (and physical) list of all the places I would love to visit before I die, with Barcelona being definitely in my Top 15. Living up to its hype, it truly is a great city, one I would definitely love to visit again. Along with the many other great reasons already mentioned, here are my top three reasons why you should visit Barcelona too! 🙂
The city is a seafood lovers paradise. Having missed the annual Festival Del Mar in my island, Anguilla and being super bummed about that as I love seafood, Barcelona provided me with all I longed for and much more. Throughout my stay I enjoyed delicious mussels, scrumptious crayfish, calamari, fish and the list goes on. Many times I actually forgot to take pictures of my food because I couldn’t wait to dive in. In addition to the great selection of seafood, another awesome thing about Barcelona is the food portions, they are huge! You definitely don’t have to worry about getting your money’s worth when you dine in this Spanish Paradise.
Great weather, food and beaches? Enough said! But in case you’re not quite convinced, Barcelona’s beaches offer great scenery with palm tree lined boardwalks, creative sand art, beach sports and food. As we did visit in March which is still winter, the water was freezing so I would suggest putting off actual swimming until Spring/Summer. Nevertheless, the beaches are a perfect way to spend your days, relaxing, shoes off just taking in the rays and enjoying the lively atmosphere.
If there was one place in Barcelona I would probably have visited every day if I found the time, it would have been The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria located on La Rambla. As I’m sure I mentioned at least once on this blog and what you’ve probably gathered by now given the first reason on my list, I love to eat! This market has every delicacy I could possibly think of and much more. Fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, seafood and meats, sweet treats and several great food stalls serving a variety of tapas, main dishes and cocktails, it was my own little paradise. The market is very clean and smells fresh (which can be a concern with markets) and is just a great place to hang out and enjoy some fresh juices and Spanish tapas.
Tight on money and looking for some great things to do for free? Two fun options are the Magic Fountain and Park Guell.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuic Light Show
Lights, Water, Action! A great way to spend 30 mins on the weekend, this beautiful night-time water show set to all your favourite songs is not to be missed.
If theatrics aren’t your thing, another great option is Park Guell. A beautiful park with an amazing view of the city located on Carmell Hill. It is a bit of an upwards trek to get to the park, however no worries as you are assisted by stairs (a bit steep) and escalators along the way. The view from the top is worth it as you enjoy Barcelona in all its glory and can truly guage just how massive the Sagrada Familia really is (Read more about the Sagrada Familia here.) The park is also home to some of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous work which is accessible for a small cover fee.
Another wonderful city, another awesome adventure. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to see where I head to next! Also, let me know in the comments, what your travel plans are for 2016 and the next place to be crossed off your bucket list.
Until next time :),
Stay Chic, S.