Updated: Here are Part 1 and Part 3 of the series. In 3,513 words I share with you why Barcelona is such a special city. Now your turn: what about Barcelona that you adore? What is your favorite place to eat? Next time I visit Barcelona, what do I absolutely have to see? Fire away in the comment section below 🙂
2. The architectural mix
For people like me who are interested in architectural photography, Barcelona offers plenty of actions thanks to its mesmerizing juxtaposition of old and new styles of architecture. I wish I had stayed longer because I could easily spend days strolling and snapping away the many whimsical buildings.
First, there is the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) where we can get a quick fix of the quintessential European medieval architecture and labyrinth streets. Wandering the Quarter in early morning especially on Sundays is an absolute treat you wouldn’t want to miss. Take a cue from the man in this photo below. L’Eixample is also my favorite district to wander around as it houses some of the most interesting modernista buildings. Here is the magnificent Casa de les Punxes (the House of Spikes), a Gothic castle in the middle of Avinguda Diagonal that I came across when I was walking back to my hostel. The property is privately owned so it’s not possible to go inside, but the exterior itself is a visual treat already.On Passeig de Gràcia, the styles vary from this building filled with balconies…to this large office building with space for shops on the ground floor.
3. Casa Consell (Consell de Cent, 324, Principal 2, 08007 Barcelona)
Casa Consell is NOT the most expensive place I have stayed during all my travels. On the contrary, it’s one of the cheapest (20 euros per night for a single room) but has wound up being my most favorite accommodation to date. It’s a stone’s throw away from Passeig de Gràcia where Casa Batlló and La Pedrera are situated (you can shop until you drop at the likes of Chanel, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana etc to boot). It was spotless. However, the reason why I fell in love with Casa Consell is it made me feel like I was in my future apartment.
I mean, how could I not love a sun-drenched living room like this? This is the kind of living room I always have in mind for my own apartment.And a sun-drenched terrace right outside where I enjoyed my french toast and fruit every morning. The spacious kitchen was certainly the cherry on top. 4. Glorious weather
I’m a weather person. Bad weather pisses me off like nothing else. Of all the 6 cities in 3 countries that I visited this time around, Barcelona’s hands down was the best. No rain, no snow, no biting wind. Just mildly cold and plenty of sunshine. I guess Paris, London and New York just have to suck it up.
5. The beach in La Barceloneta
In my opinion, the sandy beach here elevates Barcelona from good to great. Again, thanks to the fantastic weather, I was able to enjoy the beach in the middle of winter. Now, there are a handful of cities that I have visited that have beaches such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. However, none of their beaches are as accessible as this one in Barcelona. All in all, my favorite place in the city to sit back, relax and people-watch.To be continued…