Barcelona, oh Barcelona! Who doesn’t love this dynamic, cosmopolitan and effortlessly cool place?!
I was visiting Barcelona for a very special occasion – the Birthday Party of Mr G and Miss Pink! It was going to be a fabulous weekend filled with parties, champagne, some great restaurants, champagne, clubs and some more champagne! lol And it was!, We stayed at the W Hotel and we rolled as usual, with style.
I had a great time, but I also thought that I would have to stay a bit longer as it was my first time ever in this city and I wanted to get a real feel for it. I wanted to get a taste of some of the museums, drink some food and admire some drinks…. ha ha ha Yes. I’m not drunk, I’m simply explaining to you something about Barcelona.
The city is restlessly creative, constantly changing, always a few steps ahead, tirelessly renewing itself while preserving all that’s best about its past, and looking for inspiration in and outside of Spain. But it is extremely hard to define. Seville has its flamenco and bullfighting. Madrid has its suckling pig and old-school manners. San Sebastian has its molecular pinchos and surfing. Barcelona is a tough cookie to crumble.
Somehow I was lacking a list of must-see sights to tick off and to photograph, but time flies here and a week is never enough. It would be a shame to miss out on some of the city’s outstanding museums, exuberant modernist buildings and never-ending selection of ancient churches.
So, admire the architectural genius of Gaudi, which is visible in the residences and mansions he designed, read a book in Park Guell and take a lift up in the Sagrada Familia. Get lost in a patchwork of styles, where Gothic facades stand next to the harlequin style of modernist buildings and skyscrapers. Understand the difference between Gothic and Catalan Gothic while standing in front of their best examples, the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia.
Stroll over Parc de la Ciutadella and spend the day exploring Montjuïc with its stunning views overlooking the city. Visit the Aquarium and attend a game at Camp Nou if you are a football fan.
The city boasts a stupendous artistic legacy, including galleries devoted to Catalan artists such as Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies, and a spectacular museum devoted to the works of Pablo Picasso. A room presenting Picasso & Les Demoiselles is a real treat to all art lovers and a great study of the concept of obsession. Do not miss the MACBA to understand the direction in which contemporary art is going in Spain.
Do not come with too many things on your agenda, simply enjoy the best pleasures this city has to offer – like bar-hopping in the Barri Gotic or spending an evening in La Champagneria. Eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, or all of these, in the Boqueria Market.
Enjoy a lazy day watching the surfers in Barceloneta. Sink into Gracia – it is not only a district ,it is actually more like a state of mind. Find an amazing little cafe hidden somewhere on one of the cobbled streets and watch the locals relaxing in the sun. Have a drink on the beach at sunset, party your night away, spend a day exploring tapas bars, drink cerveza con limon, etc. etc. Believe me, the list is never-ending!
Barcelona is a great city, I had a superb time here with my friends who, by the way, all seemed to be visiting while I was there! I will come back, and will be coming back for years to come, but deep in my heart I will always stay faithful to Madrid – my frenzy Queen.