Happy new week and happy August. As some of you may know, I made a trip to Spain last week. My mom and I had long waited to make this trip that for one situation or the other wasn’t able to happen. Without it being planned (best things in life are unplanned) it coincide that we have the time finally to make this awaited trip to the south of Spain. The trip started from Barcelona, following Sevilla, Granada and finishing in Madrid. Because there’s a lot to say about each city, I’m doing a post per city so that it’s not so extensive and lose your attention. I know many of you know Barcelona and there’s probably thousands of blog posts and reviews about this city, but believe me every lens is different and like once I say in my recent post ( Costa Rica Travel Journal) this is not a travel guide or some sort of touristic advertising, this is just tips and ideas for your travel journal for when you visit one of my favourite cities in the world. I called BCN my second home because I lived there for almost 4 years, so every time I visit not only do nice memories reminiscent but always it surprises me how lively and creative this city is. Hope you find this entry helpful and give you ideas for your next trip to this amazing city.
- Breakfast at La Boqueria.
One can’t come to Barcelona without visiting in my opinion the best local market in the planet. I’ve been to many markets the world around and none takes my breath away like this one. A nice idea to visit is to stop by for breakfast as first thing to do in the day or anytime of the day to grab a fresh fruit or one of the infamous, most colourful and presentable fruit juices posing and ready to being take away or just for the picture (which was always the case before this Instagram era). There’s many little restaurants and tapas bar around it where they serve all sorts of food day and night. No matter what I always go there for churros and thick chocolate, just the best.
- Artsy and inspiring.
If you are fond of art (specially surreal) like me you should definitely pay a visit to the city where Salvador Dali was born in Figueres. One tip for lunch eat a paella probably the best I tried so far in Spain, alone in BCN they are not that great but in Figueres was delicious. Can’t even describe the whole experience at Dali’s museum, like the same word says it, it was surreal, one most experience it for oneself to get all the feelings, emotions and everything. It’s a personal, magical trip.
After visiting Figueres we also went to Girona which is 15 minutes away by train. It is a beautiful city worth to see it for its Cathredal which has the widest gothic nave on the world, many medieval walls and it surroundings are just magical with the many bridges. There’s also the jewish quartier one of the most preserved in the world. I recommend to spend two entire days to be able to do both cities, one day it’s not enough.
- Sundown and night spectacle.
If you want to catch the sundown and a night spectacle you have to definitely head to Plaza de España. The magic fountain of Montjuic ( Monte Judio en Catalan ) offers one of the most amazing fountain shows I ever saw in the whole world. The water and light dance to the rhythm of music and the colours of the fountain mix with the colours of the sunset creating a visual dream. I can’t get tired of watching this and can only thousand times recommend it.
- Beach Please.
Many think of Barcelona as a beach destination and I don’t blame them there’s a lot of beaches to enjoy in summer. But if you don’t have time to get to one of the beautiful beaches at the Costa Brava or Sitges, La Barceloneta would also do for the day. I love the chiringuitos around, (I always go to the same though), but it’s so refreshing after a whole morning of walking around to sit in front of the see for tapas and refreshing sangria.
Don’t forget to stop for my latest post Costa Rica Travel Journal , stay tuned for the following posts with the other cities and remember to drop a comment, suggestions or ideas.