Barcelona ended up being one of my favourite trips while abroad. It was a great change of pace from the other trips I’d experienced. Not going to lie … cities, churches, and museums start to look-alike after a while.
Equity Point Sea: There was a group of 15 of us going to Barcelona and 9 of us stayed at Equity Point Sea Hostel. Such an amazing decision that I wish I could take credit for finding. The first thing you see when you wake up in the morning and walk out of the hostel is the beach (the popular beach to boot). If my friends were taking a while to get ready, I would go to one of the beach cafes, order a cappuccino, and spend my morning staring into the abyss of the Mediterranean Sea. I have an infinite love for the ocean/sea; nothing can compare to the waves crashing into the shore.
Barceloneta Beach: This is the main beach, right by our hostel. We spent the majority of the vacation here. Sitting at the beach drinking sangrias, walking along the boardwalk, checking out all the fit guys playing soccer or volleyball. It’s a really fun atmosphere.
Electric Bikes: Besides the beach, we took advantage of electric bikes and zoomed through the city, making stops at Sagrada Familla and Parc Guell. The bikes went up to 30km/hr. Such a great adventure – 100% worth the money. On the last day we rented pedal bikes since the electric bike place wasn’t open yet. Still really fun cruising around.
Sagrada Familla: was the first stop on our electric bikes.The outside architecture of the church was so unique and incredible in person. As mentioned above, I’d gotten to a point in my travels where all churches, on the inside, looked the same to me. I also wanted to see more our adventure, so I suggested we keep going; the outside was the special part and check, we saw it. Boy was I wrong, my Instagram feed suddenly filled up with pictures of the inside of the church. Like nothing I’d seen before. Next time I’ll bother to check out the inside.
Parc Guell: though we didn’t pay to walk up close to the iconic benches, Parc Guell was a beautiful place to wander. Much bigger than I expected. The park is filled with cool paths, diverse vegetation, and beautiful architecture designed by Guell. You can also see all of Barcelona from here, since it’s up a hill (the electric bikes came in handy to get there).
Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park: we randomly came across this park on our walk back from brunch, and I am so glad we did. The Arc is a great site to see. It definitely has a Spanish take on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. As we kept walking past the street performers making bubbles in the air, we landed at Ciutadella Park. It looked like the perfect place for a picnic or for reading a book. If you want a chill vacation, the beach and this park need to be on your list.
Opium: Nightlife is unreal in Barcelona, so make sure to check out the Opium nightclub. Anyone who’s been to Barcelona will tell you that it’s worth it. We went with a big enough group that they bought a VIP booth and bottle service (complete with sparklers). It felt like Vegas, there were even girls on swings above the dance floor.
The food in Barcelona never disappointed. My friend Andrea and I had calamari and sangria every day. Tapas, paella, seafood, sangrias, mojitos … you can’t go wrong.
El Rabipelao: is a Venezuelan restaurant/bar. One location is for drinks, one for dinner, and one for brunch (seen below). Andrea is Venezuelan, so she knew just what to order. Both the brunch (seen below) and dinner were delicious. If you love ethnic food, be sure to check it out. Plus they make great cocktails – I had a mango mojito.
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