Hola! Over the weekend I ventured forth on my first solo travel adventure, which was also my first trip to Spain! After being up at a completely unreasonable hour, I was off to Barcelona!! Luckily, I met a lovely new friend on the flight over, and we made plans to catch up over the weekend.
Once I had arrived and checked into the hostel, it was time for a quick lunch (Tapa’s) and I was off to explore!! First I made my way to arguably Barcelona’s most famous building, the Sangrada Familia. This epic masterpiece designed by the famous architect Gaudi, rises above the city in all it’s quirky glory, and really is something. It is so different, unique, crazy and beautiful than any other buildings I have seen before. It is also thronging with tourists and hawkers so after getting my fill of pictures I was onto the next Gaudi creations. Casa Mila and Casa Batllo were both residential projects of Gaudi’s commissioned by the owners, and both were as different and amazing and each other.
After my self guided Gaudi walking tour and a nap, I was off out for a Wine and Tapas tour through Barcelona. As a lover of food and wine, this was a fantastic way to learn about Catalonian and Spanish food and wine, while learning about the city and enjoying good compan
Sunday sent me off on a walking tour of the Gothic quarter, where again I got to learn more about Barcelona’s history and hidden secrets. There were so many ancient stories and beautiful buildings hidden in the narrow winding streets, along with funky new shops and delicious treats. After the walking tour it was time for more Gaudi, so I made my way to Park Guell to check out the park and more of his creations. It was a pretty chilled out afternoon wandering the paths in the park enjoying the buskers, sights and views. After Park Guell I made my way back to the Gothic Quarter for some treats, before heading back to the hostel.
After a break, it was time for dinner with my new friends, Hannah and Jenn. We had a lovely dinner of tapas along with some good wine and chat, and some rather nice looking waiters. Pity their English wasn’t better. Our dinner led onto a night cap at a secret little Jazz bar we stumbled upon, complete with live pianist and singer. It was a pretty great end the day and very enjoyable.
Monday was my last day in Barcelona, so I ventured to the La Boqueria markets for some cheese, ham and fruit juice. I followed this by getting completely lost in the Gothic Quarter and La Ribera neighbourhood, enjoying the winding streets and various shops and cafes. I was enjoying my wandering so much I had to powerwalk back to my hostel to pick up my bag and make the bus to the airport
The verdict on Barcelona: fabulous city, I can’t wait to go back, and better yet explore more of Spain.
The verdict on solo travel: I rather enjoyed it. It’s nice to be able to do your own thing and not have to worry about anyone else and I enjoyed making new friends. Will do again for sure.
Gothic quarter streets
Manchego and Iberian ham
Placa de Catalunya
Enjoying secret jazz bars
Cathedral of Barcelona
Park Guell views
Delicious cheap wine, price is by the litre!
Wine and tapas!