February 21, 2017

Let's go BCN

A couple of days ago I came home from the beautiful Barcelona, where I went with my boyfriend. It was our first time going there, but we will definitely go back since Barcelona is one of the most incredible cities I have ever been. I highly recommend traveling to BCN in winter/spring, like we did. The weather was super nice; so warm and sunny, but I can imagine that it must be really hot and crowded during summer. Anyway, I thought it might be helpful for some of you to share some must-see places:
1. Arc de Triomf (Metro L1). The arch looks quite similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but was built in reddish brickwork. It is also an incredible place for taking good Instagram photos ☺.
2. La Rambla & the Beach. La Rambla is a popular street in central BCN starting at Plaça de Catalunya and is full of cafes and souvenir kiosks. Barceloneta beach is definitely worth a visit, you can easily go there by metro L4. 
3. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. People in BCN are pretty attached to their hometowns. So it is no surprising that the Catalan museum is huge. There are many ponds and beautiful flower beds framed by large columns outside the building on the street that is leading to the museum. No matter if you want to go inside to watch the exhibition or not, it is worth a visit.
4. Architecture. The most beautiful architecture can be found in the district Eixample: Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló, Casa Milá (one of the most popular buildings by Gaudí) or Sagrada Família. 5. Food. Definitely try tapas, paella and homemade crema catalana. Crema catalana is so good, but to be honest it just tastes like crème brûlée ☺.
6. Sagrada Família (Metro L2, L5). You cannot visit BCN without going inside Sagrada Família by Gaudí. It is a must-see and definitely pretty special, plus, architectural unlike everything I have seen so far. I highly recommend buying your tickets online, it is cheaper and saves a lot of time (lines can be pretty long there).
7. Picasso Museum. As someone who is obsessed with modern art, I had to visit the Picasso Museum. The exhibition mostly features early works, but also more popular paintings, like Las Meninas from 1957.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? Which places do you recommend to visit?
Nati xx

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