#TravelTuesdays: The Cosmopolitan Capital of Catalunya (Part 2)
Barcelona was one of the most travelled to destinations this summer, but then again, it’s like that every summer! No matter what your ideal summer destination is, Barcelona definitely lands in the top 3 cities of all time! (Or at least from the ones that I have visited!)
Barcelona consists of many districts and neighbourhoods, lets look at the 2 districts that I managed to cover
In a single word, the Gothic Quarter could be described as a Labyrinth. The narrow winding roads are extremely easy to get lost in and if you don’t pay close attention you could end up walking in circles. I would recommend renting a bicycle, it makes it more enjoyable and don’t worry, there are plenty of bike tours to choose from.
Tip: beware of Gyspies that lurk around this area. Their faces are painted white, some will attempt to do fortune telling and others will charge you for pictures with them.
Ramblas is easily the most popular boulevard in Barcelona. It is 1.2km long and connects Plaça de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus statue at Pont Vell. This is the place to be if you are looking to do some shopping, relaxing with a jar of sangria and/or eating some delicious paella.
Barceloneta beach (Sant Sebastìa) is the touristy beach of Barcelona. Beware if you do not come early enough, you will find that there isn’t much space left on the beach in general. Rent a bicycle and ride along the boulevard, have a cocktail and some delicious grub at one of the few beach shacks & if you are up for it ride to the arc de Triomf (yes they have one too!) and take some pictures.
Tip: If you were looking for the less toursity beach, I’d advise you to go to Llevant Beach.
Sagrada Familia is the renowned unfinished church that was designed by Antonio Gaudí. It started production in the 1880s and is still not complete! Its expected year of completion is 2026-2028. I chose to not see the inside of the church until all the construction is completed. Entrance tickets range from 15-29€ depending on whether you wish to climb the towers or not. If you purchase a Barcelona card for your stay you get 1€ off your ticket.
Park Güell is one of the most major works of Antonio Gaudí. It is located on Carmel Hill in Gràcia. Gaudís mosaic work inside this park is one of the most amazing things to see.
3 things to remember when visiting Park Güell:
- Purchase your ticket and your time slot in advance. (8€ at the park, 7€ online) You get 30 minutes from your time slot to enter the park, after that you can stay as long as you like. Re-entry is not allowed.
- Use the public buses to get to the top of the hill or even opt for a taxi if you are in a rush.
- There are 400 people that are allowed to enter the Park at each timeslot, so don’t overstay or you will never get a chance to take your uninterrupted pictures.
We hope that you enjoyed this lengthy post of tips and things to look out for in Barcelona! As always don’t forget to tag us using #travelingwithtazelbox. Till next time, safe travels!