BARCELONA - WHY ITS ALMOST THE PERFECT CITY
As I hopped off my flight from Marrakech and landed in Spain, I couldn't help but notice a difference. Customs moved so much quicker and before I knew it I was in center city. It was magical and slightly reminiscent of my visit to Paris.
I stayed in an AirBnB (my new favorite way to book rooms), a beautiful flat in the middle of Gottika an area of the city near city center and Barcelona playa. The flat was well kept and my host Sergio made sure to have all the amenities needed, a washer, dryer, towels and all the toiletries necessary. My friend and I traveling together had our own room and her brother had the other bedroom.
Exhausted from my trip my first night I did a little exploring of the nearby area and caught up on some well needed sleep.
After a night of rest, (important when traveling between cities) I decided to take a look at the city sights this morning.
The port of Barcelona is full of music and sun, I even passed a group playing traditional Spanish instrumentals. The walk from the port over to the beach was lovely as well and there were tons of places to eat along the strip.
What I love about Barcelona is how easy it is to get from city center to the beach. From where I stayed it was about a 15 minute walk in each direction.
Places to see in Barcelona:
1. Gaudi's works- The architect is famous for his unusual building designs, they were so appealing they were considered artworks.
2. Placa de Espana- Not only is this a station stop but it is also a beautiful area of the city. As soon as you get off the metro you notice a huge palace on top of a hill. The palace is home to the Museum of Catalunya and not too far behind it is the Olympic Ring landmark.
3.Gottika- A neighborhood in Barcelona. in fact this is the neighborhood I stayed in. Not only is it central to many sights and landmarks, (oh and the Barcelona Playa, how can i forget the beach!) it is also full of amazing eats! This young neighborhood really exhibit s the culture of Barcelona and is full of historical value. I recommend going on a walking tour of the area! I learned so much! For walking tour info check out discoverwalks.com.
4.Nightlife- As a young traveler not only do I enjoy sightseeing but I also want to explore the nightlife! Barcelona is known for some of the best parties in the world and their lively club scene. I went to Shoko Barcelona on Saturday night and ha a blast! The music was great and the crowd upbeat. The best thing about Barcelona clubbing is the fact that majority of the clubs are on the boardwalk. You step of out of the club and you're right on the sand.
Thinking about moving here? Not just yet. Barcelona is a gorgeous city but the economy isn't doing too great. About 40% of young adults are unemployed. Because of the cities casual nature, people don't work too much or too hard! In many Spanish speaking countries, it is common to take Siestas. Siestas are long break during the day and during this time stores are closed and workers go home for lunch to spend time with the family. Just imagine when Spain is on a break and everyone else is working and the economy suffers. But, I do appreciate how important relaxation is here and would definitely revisit! It's almost the perfect city.
Check out some pics from my adventures below<3