Friday, 17 August 2018

Visit Barcelona: THE Bucket List

Despite living and travelling back to Barcelona, there is still plenty I haven’t experienced every time I visit Barcelona. From the restaurants to the labyrinth gardens, the city offers something for everyone and I can’t wait to tick some of these things off next time I visit.

My first knowledge of bucket lists was the film, The Bucket List, and the thought of going a list was very morbid. However, once I realised everyone did it, I thought why not. That way I will not forget everything I want to do in life.

By writing this bucket list, I will be able to share the known and the not so well known parts of Barcelona for you to visit. If you visit Barcelona and it’s your first time or you have been before, this list includes things you may not have thought of before.. So just keep reading!

1 - Cable Car to Montjuic

There are PLENTY of places to have the best views of Barcelona, but why not make it extra special by taking a cable car up to Montjuic. Travelling through the city getting different viewpoints of the city is something to be experienced.

But why visit Montjuic? Montjuic is a hill located in the city, it can be accessed also by the funicular. It was used as a defence to the city, however it has many things to do include visiting the castle. As well we views of the harbour (stunning by the way), you can have a tour of the castle and discover it’s history. Other things to experience when you visit Barcelona, especially Montjuic, is Joan Miro Foundation and the Montjuic Municipal Pool which was used for the Olympics!

2 - Labyrinth D’Horta

This is something I had no idea about until I moved back from Barcelona, and every time I  go to visit Barcelona I always forget to go and explore. There are so many different landscapes in the city, so it is worth exploring everything.

It is the oldest park in Barcelona and is described as the Alhambra of Barcelona, which is surrounded by parks and fountains. Dating back to 1791, in which was when it first started being renovated, the gardens stretch over 18 acres. There is a fee of 2.80 euros, in which you can also visit the temple of Ariadne.

3 - Gaudi, Gaudi and Gaudi

If you are an art fan, or to be honest you don’t have to because the work of Antoni Gaudi will impress everyone. I am not a massive art fan but his work from La Sagrada Familia even to the lampposts in Plaza Real are something to be admired.

Antoni Gaudi is a famous artist known for his Catalan Modernism, which is reflected in his work. Starting with the Sagrada Familia, has to be my favourite because I lived right next to it! It is still being constructed by local architects in Gaudi’s memory, you can’t miss this beautiful building because it is nothing like you have ever seen. However, there are plenty of other places to visit including Parc Guell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. Make sure to do the tours, you will learn a lot about Gaudi and the history of Barcelona! A must see when you visit Barcelona!

4 - Magic Fountain

I just realised, every time I introduce or write this sentence for every point I want to write that it is my favourite! However, this has to be up there! Located in Plaza Espana, it’s first light show performance was in 1929 and continues to amaze everyone who watches it.

The fountain sits just in front of the National Museum of Art of Catalunya and can be reached by metro with the nearest stop being Espanya. Top tip: visit Barcelona and visit at the New Year with a firework display you won’t forget! There is also a shopping mall close by with some amazing restaurants including Pura Brasa, read my blog on it here!

5 - Find Picasso

Here is one for the art lovers! If you want to find some of the famous work by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, you have come to the right city! Prices range from 12 - 14 euros, however there are exceptions to certain individuals and on days where it is free of charge, find out more on the website.

The museum is special for many reasons, including being named a museum of national interest by the Government of Catalonia and it is housed in 5 medieval palaces. The museum holds 4,000 pieces of work, including the most famous The First Communion.

6 - La Boqueria

If you are a foodie, this will be your foodie heaven! This is the most famous food market in Barcelona, it has everything from fresh smoothies to fish served ready to eat. Located right on the side of La Rambla, it is hard to miss, and definitely worth a trip when you visit Barcelona.

Founded in 1836 and with over 200 traders, there is a lot to see and experience at the heart of Barcelona (as explained on the official website). Top tip: Don’t just take pictures, it may upset the traders but the food is something else and should be bought!

7 - Vamos A La Playa

The fact that Barcelona is a city with a beach, makes it all the more popular and accessible for anyone. The beach stretches 4.5km and has different sections of the beach which different people prefer. If you want a guide to Barcelona’s beaches please let me know!

The 4 most popular are Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icaria and Bogatell. Barceloneta is the most well known as it is the most photographed and is by the W Hotel. It is great if you want somewhere close to the city, however, it does get VERY busy and in summer there are a lot of sellers on the beach selling rugs, massages and drink. Also a bit of litter which comes with a busy place. This is illegal and there is a push on police to sort it out. So if you want somewhere quieter, cleaner and better (in my opinion) head over to Vila Olimpica, Nova Icaria or Bogatell!

8 - Go On A Walking Tour

Walking tours or bike tours are a good way to get an overview of the city and have an expert telling you all about the history of Barcelona. You have tours where you walk, cycle and tapas tours! There are so many specialist tours there is something for everyone.

If you don’t fancy a walking tour, perhaps if you are going to La Sagrada Familia or somewhere else, book a tour in, you can learn a lot. Another traveller favourite (my mum, sister and best friend) is the open top bus tour! 2 hour routes on two buses taking you across the whole of the city. You can jump on and off so there is no pressure to stay on the whole thing! There is an audio guide with over 10 languages available! Warning: if you visit Barcelona during the winter months stay downstairs… it gets very cold!

9 - Tapas, Sangria and Paella

If you are a foodie like me, you plan where you want to eat before you even set foot on that plane! When you go to Rome, you want to eat pasta, pizza or gelato so why should that change for Spain? Be obvious!

I am going to list the best places to eat….Bacoa - the best place for a burger. Pura Brasa - great for grilled food. Txapela - tapas galore. Surya Pau Claris  - by far my favourite Indian Restaurant! All the vibes! However, if you want more foodie recommendations, there are plenty on my blog!

10 - Palau de la Musica Catalana

This gorgeous building is amazing for numerous reasons and should be visited by EVERYONE! Built in 1905 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a concert hall. It was originally built as a leading force for the Catalan movement, so is an important part of the cities history.

Firstly, for the architecture lovers this building is gorgeous so get some photos for the insta. However, for those that love their music, join more than 500,000 people a year and watch music from jazz to chamber music.


I hope you all enjoyed my list of the bucket list to follow when you visit Barcelona! There are things on list that even I haven’t done, but don’t worry I will be ticking it off next month!

Let me know if you have done any of this stuff, and if there is anything to add please let me know! And send me your blog recommendations!

Watch out Sunday for a new post on eating authentic Italian food in Bournemouth and my Instagram story for my breakfast event at The Real Eating Company on Saturday!

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Have a good weekend,
Mol xo


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