My Travel Diary: Spending 3 Days in Barcelona

Across La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona is tied with Florence at number 1 on my list of favorite cities. There is something that I am absolutely obsessed with when it comes to Barcelona and ever since 2017, I have been visiting AT LEAST once a year. Nothing stopped me from spending 3 days in Barcelona this year, either.

I knew I wanted to go to Barcelona this year and with it being October, I knew I had to act fast since the year was coming to an end. The Bulgarian football team that I follow – Ludogorets – ended up playing against Espanyol which is Barcelona’s 2nd team. I jumped at the opportunity to go and watch them play while they were in Spain!

My trip was a total of 5 days which included traveling and a 6 hour layover in Milan, Italy. However, I had a total of 3 full days in Barcelona to do whatever I pleased – especially considering the fact that I was traveling alone. I stayed at the Petite Palace Boqueria Garden hotel in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, right off of La Rambla. It is a lovely hotel with a garden, restaurant, and amazing service. Here’s how I spent my days in Barcelona:

Day 1:

I started off with brunch at one of my favorite places in Barcelona – Brunch and Cake. They have amazing food with a creative spin. I had their avocado toast which was DELICIOUS. Of course, I was walking everywhere while I was in Barcelona so I can take in as much of the city as possible in my short time here. I actually ended up walking an average of 20km (12.5 miles) each day!

I walked around the Gothic Quarter purposely trying to get lost, stopped for a late lunch/early dinner at another one of my favorite restaurants La Fonda, and then I headed down to the port to watch the sunset.

Day 2:

My day began once again with brunch at another spot – The Benedict Barcelona. After brunch I headed to the Arc de Triomf and later La Sagrada Familia. Around lunchtime I ended up stopping by a café called Demasié which has THE BEST cinnamon buns you could ever eat. If you are ever spending time in Barcelona, I HIGHLY recommend that you go here. Later on, I went to Plaça d’Espanya which is at the foot of Montjuïc. The view from the top at the National Palace (Palau Nacional) is stunning!

For dinner, I was craving tacos and what better place to go than Taco Alto? Once I fueled up on tacos and margaritas, I headed to the Ludogorets vs Espanyol game which, unfortunately, did not end so well for us. I was seated with some family friends in the guest sector of RCDE Stadium and the view is not so great from there – especially with the obstructed view due to the net that was in front of us. However, the experience was what mattered.

Day 3:

My final full day in Barcelona was spent doing some more exploring, a bit of shopping, and of course, eating. You may be familiar with Gaudi or you might have heard about him, especially in Barcelona. He was a Spanish architect who completely amazes me with his work, mindset, and creativity. I went to Casa Batlló and even took a tour throughout Casa Milà (La Pedrera). Everything was stunning and incredibly interesting.

Aside from exploring more of Gaudi’s work and doing some shopping, I went to the La Boqueria market (of course) and ate tapas for lunch. I later went back for some churros and chocolate sauce. My day ended as I sat down for dinner at a restaurant for some sangria and paella. It was all delicious!

My trip to Barcelona this time was longer than most of my previous ones, but it wasn’t enough. I am so excited to go back next year and I plan to do so!

Get ready for my picture spam on Instagram from my trip!

#sorrynotsorry

 

N.

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