Following are the highlights of my 9 days of solo travel in Barcelona from May 15th to 24th are just a taste of what makes Barcelona an extraordinary city. I am in LOVE with Barcelona!!!
During the coming weeks I will write in more detail about each of the places featured in my photos below – find out what it’s like to visit the amazing city of Barcelona.
While I’m not sure what took me so long to set foot in Spain, I can tell you my solo travel plans include exploring more of Spain in the near future. The combination of outstanding architecture, rich history, delicious food, amazing art and culture – and the people are so welcoming and kind makes for an unforgettable travel experience. Everyone was so patient whilst I attempted to converse in the Spanish language and find my way around the city.
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Read all about my visit to Gaudi’s Casa Batllo– my favorite of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona. I loved the design features inspired by nature – Casa Batllo is full of curves and color!
Read about my visit to Palau de la Musica Catalana– I attended a tour of the concert hall one afternoon and returned in the evening for a Flamenco concert at this incredible venue – check their website for events and ticket info in advance
And Montserrat – I enjoyed it so much I returned again to hike to Sant Jeroni
Plus Gaudi’s Park Guell – I spent 5 hours wandering around this beautiful place. I loved the trencadis mosaic bench on the magnificent terrace at Park Guell in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s Casa Vicens – may be open for public tours soon!
Arc de Triomf is a favorite piece of Barcelona architecture. It as built as the passageway to the 1888 World’s Fair – that must have been an amazing event! A short stroll down Passeig de Lluis Companys leads to the fabulous Parc de la Ciutadella
Tapas Tapas Tapas – tasty treats! I do love to eat my way through a city and Barcelona is a great place to try out some of the Catalonia foods as well as other foods that have mad their way to the region. I loved the tapas!
Piscines Bernat Picornell – I swam in both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools – the outdoor pool has shorter lanes and it was a little chilly when I swam – perfect way to shake off that sangria hangover! The indoor pool is fantastic – I think there were 19 lanes in total. The lanes are wide, so there is plenty of room to share a lane when it is busy. The price was quite expensive – around 12 Euros – but you can stay all day if you like. You can enjoy a lunch at the cafe, have a siesta on the deck, then go for a swim and you are set!
Tip: you will need to have a swim cap – you can purchase one at their shop or bring your own swim cap.
Also be sure to visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar for free – this is the church I recommend visiting instead of Sagradi Familia (I can hear people shouting ARE YOU CRAZY! as they read this) – really, if you only have a couple of days in Barcelona you will see a lot more of the city if you stick with La Ribera, El Born, and Barri Gotic neighborhoods. These three neighborhoods are all walking distance of each other and they are part of the old city of Barcelona. If you are visiting for a week or so then you have time to visit both Sagrada Familia and Basilica Santa Maria del Mar. Let me know which you prefer!
Another suggestion for you – why not enjoy a concert at a centuries old church – Guitar concert at Santa Anna church – I love attending concerts at smaller venues. The old churches were built with acoustics in mind – you will love it! I found out about the guitar concert while walking around the neighborhood.
Tip: While you are walking in Barcelona watch for posters advertising events at smaller venues – often they are only posted around the neighborhood.
Cortado or Cafe con Leche and Croissant – every day! I love a good cup of coffee and the coffee in Barcelona is excellent. Europe in general has much better coffee than in USA or Canada.
As for the markets I visited both La Boqueria and Santa Catarina food markets. La Boqueria is super crowded with tourists. For a more relaxed shopping experience I recommend visiting the smaller markets. Santa Catarina in La Ribera neighborhood is wonderful.
Another of Gaudi’s masterpieces – La Padrera
El Born Centre Cultural
Montjuic – visit the park and museum during the day and visit at sunset to see the magnificent Font Montjuic (Magic Fountain) lit up along with a music
And at Montjuic visit the Museo Nacional d’art de Catalunya – open 10 – 8 Tuesday – Saturday; 10 – 3 Sunday (closed on Mondays)
I loved my neighborhood in La Ribera district – there are so many places within walking distance you can spend several days exploring La Ribera and the surrounding districts on foot – my favorite way to get around in Barcelona.
I hope you will come back and visit as I write in more detail about each of the places featured and I hope to inspire you to travel to the magnificent city of Barcelona. The history, art, food, culture, and the people combine to make Barcelona a very solo travel friendly city.
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Would you like some tips on how to prepare for solo travel? Read my post Planning and Preparing for my Solo Trip to Barcelona.
In addition, find out what your transportation options are: Getting Around in Barcelona
If you have visited Barcelona what were some of the highlights of your visit?
Planning a solo trip to Barcelona? What are you most excited about seeing or doing?