After a fun and somewhat hyper journey, we finally set foot on Spanish land. What a relief, and may we say, success to have arrived safely in Barcelona. Transferring six girls across the sea is no easy feat.
|View from our balcony|
Top of the list places to see and things to do:
|Pasta Bar, mmmm|
Nightlife: for a chilled night, you can easily find a bar to hang out in pretty much anywhere. If you want a chance to meet people (most of which will be tourists) and chat but also have a good time dancing and listening to music, then a pub crawl is the choice for you. Most cost around €15 but there is normally a free shot at each pub/bar/club you go to, and more importantly, the Mediterranean venues do not hold back on pouring the alcohol!! To find out about details of these, just walk along Las Ramblas in the evenings and promoters will no doubt approach you. If you are a hard-core party-goer then Barcelona is by far one of our chart toppers.
|Parc de Guell|
Sagrada Familia: magnificent on the outside, albeit there are always renovations being carried out so the view is slightly restricted. Entry is rather pricey for hard-core budgeters (about €10.50 for students and about €13 for adults), though Erin thinks entry is worth it to see the beautiful interior. It is important for us to mention that in many of these places information is lacking. So if you want to go in and explore every corner of the church, it is best you asked a ticket officer whether the stairs/elevators are in use and what the charges are. Ella and Dora would not recommend going inside - though devoted art lovers would not miss this sight.
Picasso museum: right in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Barrier, a really interesting museum to visit since it showcases Picasso's earlier work and skill as a young artist, apart from just the cubist work he is most famous for- it also exhibits Picasso's blue phase. You should leave time to spend a good 2 to 3 hours here.
Cuatro Gatos - a cafe/restaurant famous for its history and great ambiance. As mentioned on their website, Picasso at aged 17 (in 1899) started to frequent the place and carried out his first exhibition in the big room. He also made the poster that was used as a title page of the menu of the house.
Keep your eyes pierced for free museums, there are plenty of those in Barcelona! (To find out more see here http://gospain.about.com/od/barcelon1/qt/free_barcelona.htm)
We highly recommend going on a free-walking tour in each city you visit (shout-out to DUNCAN from the travel Bar who took us around Barcelona). Its a brilliant way for getting to know your local area, especially if you will be sticking around for a few days, but its also interesting to learn a little about the history of each place, not to mention a good chance to meet people from all over. Another tip - go to a travelers bar - you are likely to meet friendly people who also want to have a good time and get a taste of local culture.
SummaryBarcelona is a brilliant city to visit whether you want to sight see or just party all nightt looongggg
1. Sightseeing - Parc de Guell, Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Cuatro Gatos, Free walking tour - go to the travelers bar to find out more
2. Nightlife - Apolo (best on a Monday night - Nasty Mondays), Razzmatazz, Goha beach, Macarena
3. Food - fresh food market, Maoz, Pasta Bar, good old supermarket shopping to save money :D - buy the supermarkets own brand of everything
Quoted sources include the Guardian website and Cuatro Gatos official website