Wednesday, October 22, 2014
TIPS TO SIGHTS IN BARCELONA
There is a lot to see in Barcelona, and although this was my second time in the city I saw new sights as well as old sights. The flat we stayed in through Air Bnb was close to everything, Barceloneta beach, Las Ramblas and all the shops. We would only have to walk down the 99 steps before we were in the middle of everything. We were close to all the metro stations and walking to Las Ramblas and the food market was only a ten minute walk. It's really easy to get lost in all the small alleys around the main city centre, but I used my GPS on my Iphone to guide us in the right direction which was a big help for all of us.
On our second day there we went to the beach. It is really easy to get to the beach with the yellow metro line. We took the stop Selva del Mar, which is 5-10 minutes on the metro. It is more quiet out there and we nearly had the beach to ourselves. We decided to walk back which took around 45 minutes and it's great to have the chance to walk by the beach. We really wanted to rent bikes when we were there, but the system they had seemed extremely difficult to use until we found out that the bikes were not for tourist use. Next time I will look more into how to rent a bike somewhere else, because the city is extremely bike friendly so it would be great to see the sights from the bike.
On our last day there we took the metro to Sagrada Familia. It looked exactly like it did last time I was there, they seem to constantly be doing building works. Our plan was to walk to Park Guell, but it was much further than we thought so we jumped on a bus which took us straight there. We were all a bit disappointed to discover that you had to pay and wait for min two hours to go into the best bit of the park. Two of my friends said that it never used to be like that when they visited the last few times. Even though we didn't make it in to the whole area of the park it is definitely worth going.
If you go to Barcelona you should not miss going to any markets. We went to a few markets, one close to where we lived and then the famous market by Las Ramblas. A tip is to not go there on a Saturday because we nearly got lost with all the people there. Last time I went there I came just before they closed and all the left over food they weren't able to sell they sold at a really low price. One of my favourite juices from the market is Mango and coconut.
First three pictures are around where we lived and the views we had from the roof terrace, fourth picture is from Selva de Mar beach, fifth picture is of the view from Park Guell and the last few ones are from the market.