I used the longer weekend because of Ascension Day for a short trip to Barcelona. I only knew it because of several inputs in design classes concerning architectural history and modernismo catalàn. So it was high time for a visit.
I flew from Zurich directly to Barcelona with Swiss International Airlines. Unfortunately, the flight was over 40 minutes delayed due to heavy thunderstorms. Not a good start for vacation, but could only getting better. And it got. Barcelona blew my mind off. The city is amazing.
Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and Spain’s second most populated city, with a population of 1.6 million. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. Nowadays it’s one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Barcelona is the home of many points of interest declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO:
- Park Güell
- Palau Güell
- Casa Milà
- Casa Vicens
- Sagrada Família
- Casa Batlló
- Palau de la Música Catalana
- Hospital de Sant Pau
And there are more places to see, e.g.
- Statue of Christopher Columbus
- Las Ramblas
- The Roman and Medieval walls in Barrí Gotic
- Torre Agbar
- Mercat de la Boqueria
I recommend to buy a metro ticket or as I did it, buying a “Hop-on hop-off”-bus ticket for two days which brings you to most famous spots. At each station you can go outside, take photos and relax. Afterwards you can catch the next bus. You should take the 2-day-city-ticket because Barcelona is huge. You cannot visit all in one day if you want to take enough time to appreciate the art and culture of this magnifying city.
The nights I spent usually close to Port Olimpic, a spot where a lot of restaurants, lounge bars and clubs are. The first night I was at Opium Privé, directly located at the beach. Bar has a modern style, with white lounge chairs and couches to sit on. If you go there, you have to take a big wallet with you, because cocktails cost around 17 euro which is definitely not cheap. Other night I was at Shoko. Here you can dine, then afterwards go clubbing on two floors. One is usually House and Partytunes, the other is Hip Hop and Reggaeton. Parties usually start at 0:00, and reach it’s climax at 1:30 in the morning when everybody is going loco.
Barcelona is definitely an inspiring city! “Fins aviat” said the Catalan, be back soon…