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Five Reasons to Fall in Love with Barcelona

Barcelona Building Belle in Transit

Ah Barcelona! I can’t believe it took me so long to visit one of my favorite cities! Yes I have favorite cities that I’ve never been to lol. I got a chance to go in September, and I can now officially add it to my ever-growing list of favorites that I’ve actually been to. I fell in love with the amazing weather, the juxtaposition of old and new, the food, the people and so much more! Sadly I only had 3 days and barely scratched the surface, but I can’t wait to go back and see it all!

Today, I’m sharing 5 reasons I fell in love with this amazing city, and I hope it inspires you to visit! Enjoy!

1/ It’s an architecture and art lover’s dream

I thought about simply naming this section “Antoni Gaudí” since his fingerprint is scattered all over the city. You could easily spend a few days just visiting all of his amazing architecture. His most famous is of course Sagrada Família, and photos don’t do it justice. You have to see it in person from every angle to get a glimpse into the mind behind this strange but genius work.

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Sagrada Família

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Sagrada Família. Every angle has something different to offer

Besides Gaudí though, the city is splattered with rows upon rows of beautifully architected buildings, covering every era from old to new.  Apparently, building architectural masterpieces was a way for the bourgeoisie of that time to show off their wealth.

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The city was filled with these rows of attached bulidings, each with its own flair

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Did you know? Rumor has it Gaudí was run down and killed by a streetcar as he walked backwards to inspect some measurements

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You might also have heard of a little known artist named Pablo Picasso ha! I couldn’t take pictures in the museum, but it was a fantastic experience and definitely a must-see.

2/ It’s got a rich melange of history

The history of Barcelona was influenced by a few different world regions, and you can see in every corner. From Barceloneta, to Eixample, to the Gothic Quarter and so on, each part of the city had its own unique charm and energy. Ultra modern in some parts, and very rich and historic in others. I’d recommend the hop-on, hop-off bus tour as a good way to explore; you can see every part of the city, and spend as much or as little time as you want at each stop.

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Did you know? Catalan is widely spoken in Barcelona even though Spanish is also an official language.

3/ You’ll have endless day trip options

It was so hard to choose from all the day trip options from Barcelona as I wanted to see every one of them! I could only pick one so I chose Montserrat which is one of the most iconic landmarks of the region. The tour I picked included a trip up to the mountains and Monastery, and a winery tour afterwards. It was amazing being up in the mountains and I didn’t want to leave.

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View on the way up the mountain. There was a race that day too and there were people hiking up the mountain including an 86 year old man!

More views. So lush

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We were right inside the mountains. Pictures don’t do it any justice

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Monserrat Monastery with the famous Black Madonna statue

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Off to a castle for some wine tasting

4/ You might shop till you drop…

…especially if you’re a fan of stores like Mango, H&M, or Zara since that’s their home base. I’ll suggest you come with an empty suitcase for all the shopping you’re bound to do. As expected, they had a wider selection of items, and the prices were much more affordable than in the US. I also discovered a lot of new brands while I was there. This was a no-shopping trip for me, but I can’t wait to go back and do some damage.

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They start you off right at the airport

Even though some people feel it’s too touristy, I enjoyed walking through La Rambla which is reminiscent of Champs-Élysées in Paris. It’s a great place to get lost in the crowd and people watch while window shopping if you’re into that kinda thing.

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5/ Tapas, Paella, and Sangria

Need I say more? I couldn’t end this post without an ode to these culinary delights. I loved having long leisurely dinners at the end of the day, and the options were endless. My favorite hands-down though was the Squid paella; it was lip-smacking good.

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Honorable mentions: The extensive but easy to use metro system, and FC Barcelona (enough said).

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And that’s it! As you can tell, I couldn’t stop taking pictures and it was so hard to pick but I hope you enjoyed them!

Questions? Ever been to Barcelona? Comment below and let me know some of your favorite things about the city.

Thanks as always for reading!!

xx
Belle

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Bethany
    November 24, 2018 at 1:37 am

    This is on my list of places to go! Looks so amazing!

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

      It really is. You’ll love it!

  • Reply
    Carolyn
    November 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I love Barcelona so much! I want to go back!

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Me too!!! I can’t wait to go back

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    Marielle
    November 26, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my, this made me miss Spain! I went to Barcelona a few years back with my family and it was definitely a gorgeous place. We didn’t have time to go to Monserrat but I heard it’s amazing!

    -Marielle
    http://www.mariellethinks.com

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Yes! Writing this definitely made me want to go back right away lol. Montserrat truly is beautiful. Photos do it no justice!

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    Madi Rowan
    November 26, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    LOVE Barcelona!! I had the opportunity to go to Barcelona two summers ago with my college basketball team. It was my first time in Spain & I absolutely loved it! One of the days we were there, we did a 6 mile bike tour around the heart of Barcelona, which was fabulous because we got to see SO many amazing sites including the Sagrada Família & the bull fighting ring!
    -Madi xo
    http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

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      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:17 am

      O wow nice!!! Next time I’ll definitely do a bike tour and hope I catch the bull fighting ring! I’m with you; LOVE Barcelona!

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    Ali
    November 26, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Spain is on my bucket list. It looks absolutely amazing – and I definitely want to try all that wonderful food!

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Hey Ali. Yup, I’m sure you’ll love it when you go. And the fooood, o the food lol.

  • Reply
    Luci
    November 27, 2018 at 3:08 am

    I’ve never been but the architecture wins me over. It’s so beautiful.

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:18 am

      The architecture is just amazing. Photos don’t even do it justice. It’s beautiful

  • Reply
    Evelina
    November 27, 2018 at 3:33 am

    ahh such a nice post! makes me want to visit Barcelona! 🙂

    ❤itsevelina.com

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Hey Evelina. Thanks!! You’ll love it

  • Reply
    Michelle Kellogg
    November 27, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Barcelona is on my travel bucket list when I get to travel Europe someday! I love these photos! Such amazing buildings the city has!

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Yessssss!!! I’m sure you’ll love it when you do go. Just beautiful. Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    Mama Munchkin
    November 27, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    We absolutely LOVED our time in Barcelona. It is such a beautiful city.

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Glad to see I’m not alone! It’s an amazing city!

  • Reply
    Liz
    November 27, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Barcelona was MAGICAL! I cannot wait to go back!

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Haha! MAGICAL totally describes it Liz! I can’t wait myself

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    jenny
    November 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I loved your blog post! I am planning a trip to Barcelona with my son next year and you gave me such wonderful location ideas. Your pics were great!

    • Reply
      Belle
      December 6, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Thanks so much Jenny!! O I’m so jealous. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Have fun!!!

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