Travel: My Barcelona bucket list

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If you weren’t already aware, next week Rachel and I are flying off to Barcelona for a few days and I’m so excited. I’ve never been to Barcelona before (well, I went to the airport last month to visit Ferrari Land, but I’m not counting that!) so obviously I have a ridiculously long list of things that I want to see and places I want to go to. We have three full days in the city, so hopefully I’ll be able to cross most (if not all) of these things off. 
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See Sagrada Familia

Gaudi’s famous church is probably the most popular building in Barcelona and I don’t think you can visit the city without going to see it. I would like to go inside and have a look around, but if we don’t have time then I will be happy to just see it from the outside. Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is scheduled to be completed in 2026. As you can imagine, this is one of the most famous pieces of architecture in Europe if not the world, so I’m excited to finally see it for myself.

Visit the cat cafe

I’m obsessed with cat cafes and I’m trying to visit as many as possible. So far, I’ve been to the cafes in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Nottingham and when I found out that there’s one in Barcelona, I had to book it. Rachel isn’t too keen on cats, but it will only be an hour out of our day and who knows, maybe I’ll be able to convert her into a crazy cat lady too?

Go on a bus tour

When I was in Berlin a couple of months ago, I took a sightseeing bus tour and it was the best way to see the city and find out more about it. The hop on – hop off bus tours are the best as you can choose where you want to explore, so we will definitely be getting one of the 24 hour tickets which allows you to hop on and off as many times as you please over a 24 hour period. These tickets cost around €29 which is a lot more expensive than the bus tours I’ve previously done in Berlin and Edinburgh, but I’m sure that they will be worth the money and it will be great to sit down for a bit as the temperature is meant to be in the mid-twenties while we’re there.

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Visit the Erotic Museum

I’ve only just found out about this museum and it’s not the kind of thing I expected to be in Barcelona. I’ve visited the one in Amsterdam and was quite disappointed by it (the Sex Museum is a lot better!) but this one looks like it has a lot more exhibits and would be a so much more interesting. Entry is only €9 which won’t break the bank and it would be a great museum to visit.

Go to the beach

It’s been so long since I’ve sat on a beach – the last time was on the Isle of Wight in 2014! I haven’t sat on a Spanish beach since 2001, so it will be nice to take some time out from our sightseeing and just chill out on the beach with a book and perhaps a cocktail or two. I’ve heard that the beaches in Barcelona are only ten minutes from the city centre and the beaches look so clean and inviting.

Visit Parc Guell

There’s so much beautiful architecture in Barcelona, but one of the main places I want to visit is Parc Guell which is one of Gaudi’s major works in the city. Entry only costs €7 and there’s so much to see and loads to photograph. I’m most excited about seeing the Gaudi dragon fountain and the tiled mosaic seats although the whole place looks completely instagrammable so I’m sure we’ll spend a good few hours there taking photos!

I’ve found a few great ideas from the Cheap Flights blog as well which has 7 free and cheap things to do in Barcelona. Have you been to Barcelona before? Is there anything you would recommend?

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2 Comments

  1. May 30, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Park Guell is a must, as is Sagrada Familia – but bear in mind these attractions are super super busy, and take ages to get in and view, so if you’re only there for a few days, you might not manage both… 🙁 unless you can buy tickets beforehand to skip queues? xx

  2. May 30, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    This has always been on my bucket list — I’m glad that you’re sharing your travel tips here. Barcelona is such a beautiful place and one day, I’ll definitely check it out.

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