It is a very long time ago I visited Barcelona. I think it is 14 years ago now and just for one day. Months ago, I was thinking about our September holiday. I was scrolling through Pinterest (I love this medium so much!) and saw beautiful pictures of Barcelona. The tickets and the hotel were booked very quickly!
5 Days in Barcelona | Part 1
We stayed at the Andante Hotel, just 5 minutes walk from the Ramblas which was very practical. To see the city by foot is something I love to do! The hotel had practical and modern rooms and the staff was very friendly. It has a small pool on the roof with spectacular views across the city. The beds were very good, which was very important after walking in the city the whole day.
The inspiring texts you can find in the hotel.
Day 1 / Tuesday
Arrival, the Ramblas, Sagrada Familia
Wonderful! I looked forward to these 5 days in Barcelona. On Tuesday morning we arrived at the Andante hotel. After we unpacked the suitcase we went to explore the city. We started on the Ramblas and walked “wrong” a couple of times. Because Barcelona was a new city for me, I had to study the map a few times. We went to the Arc de Triomf and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the beautiful architecture of the buildings. Love to capture them and in feature posts, I will share these photos on the blog.
The second stop was Sagrada Familia. I could not believe my eyes! So beautiful! A nice introduction with the city.
In the evening we explored the El Raval district, a neighborhood that has changed a lot in recent years and has nice, narrow streets.
The famous Ramblas during the day…
…and during the night
Beautiful buildings along the Ramblas
Look at these wonderful details! Love it!
Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf
Day 2 / Wednesday
The sun woke us up for a brand new day in Barcelona! The plan was to took the cable car to Montjuïc mountain to enjoy the beautiful views. We spent the whole morning on the mountain and decided to not take the cable train but to walk. During our walk, we discovered a little park with a fountain, which was lovely, because it was such a hot day that it was great to rest the feet in such a beautiful surroundings.
Our next destination was the Font Magica, but later this week we would see the show! We walked to the Carrer de Blai in the Poble Sec district. This district connects the Montjuïc and the Eixample district. This area is not very well known to tourists, as you will find the typical tapas bars and restaurants. Even if you do not stay in this district, I would definitely recommend you to eat here for an evening. The Carrer de Blai street is famous for its coziness, good atmosphere and delicious pinchos and tapas.
Wow! That view!
The Montjuic castle
Carrer de Blai
The Bridge of Sighs in the Gothic Quarter
Day 3 / Thursday
A little bit shopping and architecture
Via Placa Catalunya, we went to the shopping street Passeig de Gracia. In this street, there is a fashion shop, Santa Eulalia, that has existed since 1843. Before we left for Barcelona, I read a book about it. It was very special to see this place to where the story took place.
Also on this street, you will find many Gaudi architecture, such as Casa Mila and Casa Battlo.
Via the other side of the street, where the more expensive fashion brands are located, we walked towards our lunch address. We enjoyed our lunch at “Divinus”, good (Mediterranean) food and a nice place to watch people from the terrace!
Placa Reial, for foodlovers
In the evening we had dinner at Place Reial which would become one of our favorite places. After dinner, we explored the Gothic Quarter, one of Barcelona’s oldest districts.
That’s what I liked about this district: the narrow streets, the little boutiques, restaurants…a lot of atmosphere!
Passeig de Gracia has beautiful “Gaudi” buildings:
These balconies ?
Beautiful bay window of the Dior fashion house
So many restaurants to choose from!
Next week I will take you to the sea world, fashion and more in part 2 of my Barcelona city trip!
Have you ever been in Barcelona? And what did you loved the most?