As spoken about previously, my first experience of Spain wasn’t exactly a good one. Different things appeal to different people, and personally I love the charm of Eastern Europe and find that charm is sometimes lacking in some of the larger central European cities – like Barcelona.
I visited here with my friends and while the city didn’t overwhelm me that isn’t to say I didn’t have a good time! The taxis were dirt cheap and the nightlife was genuinely next to none! It was the perfect break to just get away and enjoy ourselves as we don’t see each other much- but we did manage to squeeze some activities in between nightclubs that I would really recommend!
The Port Cable Car
I’m not one for heights in any situation – even stairways give me the heeby geebies if they are up too high so the Cable Car was a bit of a challenge for me. Situated right beside the beach the cable car takes you up to Mount Montjuic. You first have to get a clear lift up to a large platform where you get onto the cable car. The car itself has no seats and sits roughly 12 or so people, but everyone should have a pretty good view out the windows. It is very shaky when you walk on but I think that was probably the worst part of the whole ride. It wobbles slightly as you make your way across over the water but the views are so gorgeous it acts as a good distraction! A single ticket for this will set you back €11, and a return is €16.50.
I don’t know how many times I have mentioned on this blog that I love a good park! This for me was one of the main places that I wanted to go. The park gives you amazing views over the city and the higher you climb the more amazing it keeps on getting! Entry to the park is completely free but if you want to enter Gaudis House or the Monument you have to pay in. Unfortunately when we got there (roughly 2 o’ clock in the day) there were no more tickets available until 8 that night and it was just too far away from everything else we wanted to see to justify going all the way back.
Olympic Swimming Pool
The Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona in 1992 and they have opened the swimming pool to the public! Entry into the pool is €6 and they have changing facilities and everything. The pool itself is gorgeous and a clear barrier around the outside is the only thing that separates you from an amazing view of the city. You can actually make your way here after getting the cable car from the beach as it is also situated on Mount Montjuic.
The Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. This church is an amazing architectural display which is still being finished to this day. It is absolutely amazing from every single angle and there is so much detail on every inch. Entrance cost us €15 each and to be honest we were not as impressed with the inside as the outside so if you don’t want to pay to go in you won’t miss out on much!
If you are looking for a good night out then look no further than Port Olímpic! This is where all the best bars and nightclubs are situated (and where we spent our time while not doing tourist actitive!) and it just so happens to be right by the beach! One of the best places we visited was Opium, a nightclub with it’s back door leading you right onto Barceloneta Beach. We ended up sitting on the beach after hours just chilling out which seemed to be the thing to do as there were crowds everywhere! The nightlife is literally night life in this city. We only went out before half 1 in the morning once, and I don’t think we got home before 6am any night. A lot of places don’t even open until Midnight so I wouldn’t recommend going out much earlier than that.
As I mentioned earlier while I didn’t feel like Barcelona has the same charm as other places I have been I definitely really enjoyed it! I heard before going that it was expensive but I found with a 48 hour metro card, cheap taxis and food priced similar to home I didn’t find it emptied my pockets! Drinks were quite expensive in bars and clubs but that was about it.
Have you ever been to Barcelona, or would you like to go?