I can’t believe its been 4 years since I went on my big Euro trip covering Switzerland, Spain, Holland, France, Italy & Croatia. There is so much more to see and I am raring to go back! Memories of my European escapades are still so fresh in my mind. Reminiscing about one of my best ’40 day long holiday’, I decided to write about some fun stuff to do in Barcelona, especially if its your first time in Spain. Surely, it’s nothing like Madrid, but it has it’s own charm.
As a first time tourist to a city, I prefer to do a mix of touristy activities combined with a bit of my own exploration. It also depends on time at hand to be honest, I definitely prefer slow travel and exploring at my own pace. Barcelona was a short trip for me, as there was so much to see as a first timer in Europe and I found myself hopping on flights more often than changing clothes (Okay, I am exaggerating a bit here!).
So, here’s what I did during my 3 days in Barcelona, Spain –
Shop like crazy
Well, brands like Desigual, Mango, Zara, Bershka originate from Spain so it is no wonder that they are literally available at throw away prices in the local showrooms. My friend and I went insane as we entered these stores. We were traveling in the month of July and it so happened that all stores had huge sales going on. My absolute favorite Spanish clothing brand turned out to be Bershka for their stylish casual and party wear.
If you are looking for a nice gift for your better half, do buy one of the original Barcelona jerseys available in the official FC Barcelona stores – or a cheap knock off, if you are on a budget. There’s no real difference unless you look really close.
Admire Gaudi architecture
Let me be honest – I have never really had an eye for architecture, museums or art. There, I said it. I am more of an outdoorsy person who feels at home in the lap of nature, meeting locals, walking/biking around town or just chilling at the beach. Most of my vacations consist of minimal sightseeing, if it entails that I have to be inside a building.
However, the entire city of Barcelona is a portfolio of Gaudi’s masterful architecture. The colorful buildings pop right out and intrigue you. I visited the lovely Park Güell and Casa Batlló, spending quality time with my audio guides, immersed in the history and stories behind the walls.
Gawk at Street art & Sculptures
Barcelona is such a vibrant and lively city. This means, it surely is fun to simply walk around and appreciate the street art and the cool sculptures.
Dine and Wine
Spanish food is divine. Enjoy a glass of Sangria with a scrumptious plate of Paella. Eating local food is the best way to experience a place. Okay, I admit, I made quite a few runs to Burger King but in my defense, that is part of local food. We don’t get the Whopper burger in India and I simply love it.
Party like there’s no tomorrow
Barcelona has an amazing party scene by the beach. With clubs like BeCool, Macarena, Moog, Row 14 and the likes, there is no dearth of options for party goers.
Where to Stay in Barcelona?
There are so many nice luxury hotels popping up all over Barna. For example – Barcelona golf hotel, retro hotels, futuristic themes, family villa rentals and so many more fantastic options.
Have you ever visited Spain or Barna? What would you put on your list of fun stuff to do in Bacelona? Tell me in comments below.