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Even More Reasons to Love Barcelona
#Barcelona: A city that offers a multitude of fun activities, inspiring art, exquisite delicacies and more #culture than you'll know what to do with! We were told about a #kayaking and #snorkeling adventure that we wish we'd have had time for. Be sure you don't miss out on it!
Barcelona is the nucleus of Catalonia, the heart and soul of the party, yet also offers ample opportunities to relax and blow off steam. I have a real affinity for destinations on or surrounded by water. It is both a calming force, and fantastic source of entertainment – with lots of water sports (I enjoy) on the roster, including swimming, sailing and snorkeling - what’s not to love? It was a true luxury to visit Barcelona, a vibrant city filled with culture, creative cuisine, and all things Catalan.
Barcelona is the nucleus of Catalonia, the heart and soul of the party.
With plenty to see, do, and eat, my friend and I decided to split our itinerary into neighbourhoods, sites, and activities. We opted to stay in an area that was safe, ensured a quiet night’s sleep, yet only a speedy train ride to the centre of Barcelona.
Hotel W Barcelona
Museum of Chocolate
On our first day exploring, we had a delicious breakfast at our hotel – plentiful, fresh and with hints of local flavours. Enthused by the prospect of whizzing around and seeing the city on two wheels, we were more than prepared and keen to get going. This is how the city ought to be seen. The flexibility, speed, and feeling like a local (even though it was the height of summer and many others were visiting, just like us).
We met other Barcelona newbies and got to chat about must-see locales. Aside from an exuberant party scene near the port, much like the others, at the top of the list was the Gothic Quarter – an unabashedly cool neighbourhood waiting to be discovered in a very central location.
The famed Gothic architecture and wonderful works from the Art Nouveau period are all around. I made certain to keep looking up and sideways, as there were lots of opportunities to see incredible street art too. The most notable moment was weaving in and out of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, towering high in the cloudless city sky.
We walked up and down La Rambla, and sauntered around the enormous fruit market nearby – as a devoted foodie, I was absolutely thrilled to discover this sheltered market, with 101 combinations of fresh fruit, juices, and sorbets; the options were endless. There was also the flavour-packed option of liquid lunch, and yet another chance to sample local cuisine, with expert guidance. When the heat became almost too unbearable, there was only one way to cool off – the sea! If we had more time, I would have loved to hop on a kayak or gone on a snorkeling adventure, which we heard so much about from an American chap we met who had just been out on the open water.
Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
Barcelona Bike Tour
Barcelona Sunset Sailing Trip
As a devoted foodie, I was absolutely thrilled to discover this sheltered market.
I always bring back home something that is a great reminder of my travels, the more beautiful and functional the better. Totally befitting this criterion are the espadrilles I got from La Manual Alpagateras – a workshop and retailer dedicated to the art of making espadrilles, since the 1940s. I wish I had known it was possible to take my own material and have a custom pair made, however I was more than happy to find a gorgeous cherry red pair, to act as a reminder of a marvellous time in Barcelona.