If I have to call my current favorite city it’s definitely Barcelona – beside Vienna of course. Not because I just spent 3 amazing days there celebrating my sisters high school graduation, but as it has been my second time there I saw the city with different eyes and discovered amazing and unique places I’ve overlocked the first time. During the last few days I’ve deeply fallen in love with Catalonia, it’s people and it’s lifestyle.
The last few days have been a magic experience despite the boiling heat that ruled over the city. Life actually began one hour before sunset and lasts till wee hours, which is exactly my favored way of living. Hanni and I got up late, had breakfast at the hotel and then headed of for the city. And most of the time we ended up at the beach and the district of Barceloneta, which became my very favorite part of the city with it’s beach & tapas bar, surf shops and laid-back atmosphere.
We went shopping at Passeig de Grácia hunting down sale-pieces at the big Spanish Chain Stores. But then headed for the small, independent stores in El Born where we browsed through lovely Catalonian Designer pieces at an affordable price and often even produced in Catalonia. There you can really take in the catalonian vibe and we just loved hanging out there having coffee and ice cream and just watching people living their lives.
Concerning sightseeing we took this city trip rather relaxed as we’ve already been in Barcelona last year visiting most of it’s famous sights. But we checked out Casa Milá – better known as “La Pedrera” – which was amazing and tried to get into the Picasso Museum but 2h waiting in the queue at 37 degrees would have been seriously dangerous to our health so we went to the El Born Culture Center instead which was definitely the best alternative ever as the entrance was free on Sunday and we learned so much about Barcelona’s rich history.
In the evening we went for tapas at one of the countless cute places in Barcelonas old town or Barceloneta but some of those I gonna present to you in one of my next posts in which I gonna share my Barcelona hot-spots so I hope you pop by then for some great (sometimes hidden) places away from the tourist crowd.
Hope you enjoyed this little travel diary and got a feeling of how beautiful the city is 🙂
*pictures by Hanni and me