As my start for my second journey in Latin America I decided to visit 2 friends in Barcelona. That means I I can’t really tell you about Hostels as my two amazing colombian friends hosted me for the whole time.
However, Barcelona is a really beautiful city which I am sure many of you have been there already. Actually for me it is a little bit too touristy to be one of my favourites but as I said, a really cool city with many things to do that you should definetly visit once in your life.
What to do in Barcelona?
Personally I prefer hikes over sightseeing points or buildings, luckily in Barcelona you can find both. I always love to find the best views of the city and hike there by myself. Basically you can hike to every important place of the city from Plaza Catalunya, which is the main square of the city. However my favourites parts of the city are these:
- The Bunkers in Barcelona is definetly one of my favourite spots in the city. Located quite a nice walk to the north of the Sagrada Familia you can easily go there by feet. As it is a view point of course it might be a little bit exhausting but it is definetly not too long. It is a place to relax where people often bring drinks, beer or something to smoke while they are sitting on the top of the old bunker ruins and enjoying the view over the whole city. its not only the view but also the spirit of the place that makes it my favourite place in the city.
- Tibidabo is the highest and probably most famous viewpoint of Barcelona. I am sure there are also hiking routes up there, but after hiking for many days we got lazy and just took the funicular up the hill. Actually there is not only a nice view on top of the small mountain but also an amusement park and a beautiful church. To be honest, as it is much higher than the Bunkers, the view might be a little bit better from this more famous place.
- The third important viewpoint is the Castle of Montjuic. Hiking up on that hill is very different than the other two, because there are different areas of the city which you can see. Also it is from another direction which makes it very interesting. Besides the view there is obviously an old castle up there to visit, which is also worth to walk in.
Another famous viewpoint are the towers of the Sagrada Familia, however we didn’t go there as it is supposed to be a very small view of the city for a big price, as the other hills are for free and way better anyways. Besides those viewpoints my other favourite visits in the city are:
- Park Güell, mainly designed by Gaudi like most famous buildings of the city, is located on a very small hill next to the Bunkers. Most of the park is for free – just not the small part with the most beautiful buildings (very early in the morning and after the sunset even this part is for free). It is really beautiful to take a stroll around in there or what I prefer: Walk up to the cross of the park – from there you will have a really closely view of the city, even though you are not that high.
- La Sagrada Familia is clearly the most famous sight of Barcelona. The never ending construction of the big church influences its picture from the outside a little bit. Howerver it is an extraordinary church. If you are interested in architecture it is a must do to visit the inside of the church! Even for me, not that interested in this area, it was really impressive to see the inside, the natural lights and all of its beauty.
- La Barceloneta is the beach of the city. During the summertime it is definetly worth a visit as there are bars beachvolleyball or you can take a swim. The beach is definetly not too small so you will find your own nice space. In winter there is not that much to do, however it is still nice to take a small walk at the beach and enjoy the wind of the sea.
Of course there are many more things to do in the city, but these were my favourite ones. Nevertheless I have one more important suggestion for you: Make the day trip to Montserrat!
Montserrat was a church, by now it looks like a small village, which is located on a small mountain with very cool stone formations about 1,5 hours from Barcelona by train. Most agencies or travel sides will tell you to go there with the funicular or the train. But you will miss the most important part: The Hiking! Just take a train from Plaza Espanya to the trainstation Monistrol de Montserrat. And then just go by yourself! From the trainstation Monistrol it is about 1,5-2 hours to hike all the way up to Montserrat. Just ask for the way or follow the sign and maps. Once on the hiking route you will definetly find your way up there – also the views on the way are different ones than from Montserrat itself. So enjoy the way!
Once in Montserrat there are different viewpoints and hikes you can take. Every way should be really nice but at least I recommend to hike to the cross to get the best view of the small village. Actually this one day trip was my favourite part of Barcelona! Don’t Miss it!