This year is about vacations and flight catching. I started off my first adventure of the year in Barcelona, Spain. It was my first time in Barcelona and it definitely won’t be my last. It’s safe to say this may be one of the most beautiful cities I have visited. Barcelona is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture. As I strolled through the city, I couldn’t help but feel like a Cheetah Girl.
Barcelona was a seven hour direct flight from Boston. I traveled with one friend. We stayed at the Exe Cristal Palace Hotel located in the central heart of Barcelona. This area was filled with plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and various attractions. I would definitely recommend staying in a central location. It was easy to navigate. To get around we used cabify (transportation app similar to uber) or walked.
Barcelona city is one of a kind. One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona is Parc Guell. Designed by the famous architect Antoni Guadi. To explore this attraction it requires a paid ticket. I suggest early arrival to avoid long lines.
La Boqueria Market
This worldwide famous market is located in the center of Barcelona. It was an 18 minute walk away from our hotel (used the app citymapper for directions).
The market provides a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, meat, and seafood.
As you explore the market, grab a freshly squeezed smoothie or try the various deserts from one of the many stalls. You won’t be disappointed. This is a foodie lover’s paradise.
You certainly won’t leave here hungry.
Are you even in Barcelona if you don’t make paella and homemade sangria. Anything with food and wine is my kind of party. Next adventure, we thought it would be fun to learn how to cook Barcelona’s famous dish Paella. Purchased our tickets through airbnb . This experience was one of the highlights of my trip.
This trip wouldn’t be complete without seeing the monumental Roman Catholic church Sagrada Familia. This cathedral has been in construction since 1882 and is estimated to be completed in 2026.
Remember to purchase your tickets in advance
Travel tips for Barcelona:
1. Walk around – explore the city.
2. Purchase tickets for attractions online.
3. Download citymapper – awesome app to help navigate your way around.
4. Eat and drink with the locals.
5. Beware of pickpocketing – travel with a small bag and keep it closed and close to you at all times.