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:
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.
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.
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!