First of all.. THIS IS MY 50TH BLOG POST SO HIYA! WOOOP! Anyway.. carrying on…
So it’s been slightly quieter on the blog and all my social media as late as I have been VERY lucky to have some time off and take a little holiday. And if you hadn’t read from my previous post, I took a solo trip to the wonderful city of Barcelona. I had… THE BEST TIME EVER. So I wanted to share what I got up to whilst I was there, some of my fave spots I think you MUST visit, and some very silly photos of me being… well just silly old me.
Firstly… It wouldn’t be a Kayleigh Solo trip without a video mash up (although not as much as Thailand.. I was only there for 4 days!) So I recommend checking out my video below first so you can get a feel for how awesome Barcelona is.
So, now you have had a little see for yourself, I’ll start to ramble on!
I arrived, dumped my bags and instantly knew that the first thing I had to do was check out the world famous Sagrada Familia. If you haven’t heard of it, the Sagrada Familia is one of the world’s most beautiful pieces of modern architecture, and it’s still not finished! I definitely recommend booking your ticket online so you can avoid queueing at the ticket office. I also booked to get an audio guide and to go up one set of the towers (I chose the Nativity towers!). Stepping into this building is honestly one of the most breathtaking experiences I will ever encounter. You must not miss it! I don’t want to spoil too much, but every detail has been thought of. It’s a physical symbol of Gaudi’s appreciation of God and it’s amazing to see what each part of the building represents. Definitely check it out! Also, if you want to discover more of the cities amazing history and architecture, head for a free walking tour (I chose one by Sandeman’s – they were awesome!) It’s a great way to learn a lot of history, see the city and meet some new people!
After being blown away by a building (seriously… I felt so ridiculous…) I took a walk down to Casa Batillo (another Gaudi creation) and then back up to check into my hostel. YUP I STAYED IN A HOSTEL AND SURVIVED. Honestly, the amount of people I know who were stunned that I was staying in a hostel was hilarious. Hostels are NOT THAT SCARY. Obviously I recommend checking out reviews, but if you are planning to travel solo it is one of the best ways to meet people. I stayed at Yeah Barcelona and it was beaut. I only ended up sharing with two other girls, it had a rooftop pool and they organised nightly dinners with unlimited beer or sangria. Unlimited. Sangria. Happy. Kayleigh. It was really reasonable and the staff were so friendly – I totally recommend it!
I made sure to sample the nightlife, every night, because you know… Only got four days and there’s a whole lotta bars in Barcelona to check out. My personal faves were Manchester Bar (hidden in the El Raval area of the city, they only play music by bands from Manchester, think Joy Division, and all the tables are stuffed with train tickets, business cards, university passes, etc.), Miramelindo Bar (in the El Born district, another tiny but brilliant cocktail bar – make sure to try their Gin and tonics, YUM!) and the amazing Espit Chupitos (a shot bar with over 200 types of shots to choose from – I picked the toasted marshmallow one… as you can see from the video… It was amazing! Just order a Monica Lewinsky at your peril!!!).
The food in Barcelona is also INCREDIBLE. Pinchxos and Tapas are what you should be hunting for. For Pinchxos (tiny servings of delicious food on sticks.. prepare to eat so much!!) I would totally recommend Sagardi – delicious food that just kept on coming. I also recommend strolling down the Barceloneta beach for some delicious lunch options overlooking the sea. I had an amazing Chorizo and Eggs at Blue Beach bar but there are so many options to choose from so see what smells the best 😉 For an unbelievably indulgent snack, head straight to Chök – an amazing chocolate shop that serves the most AMAZING KRONUTS. Salted caramel and white chocolate – Si por favor!! And of course, if we’re going to mention food, it would be sacrilegious of me not to mention La Boqueria market – a colourful array of foods that make the perfect stop to pick up some supplies for a picnic. Grab your goodies and head to the Museum of Contemporary Art to watch the local students practice their skateboarding skills, or head to the courtyard outside Barcelona Cathedral for street performers and musicians.
Barcelona genuinely has it all. It’s like Amsterdam’s more passionate and vibrant cousin. For a city, it really does have everything – culture, great food, a beach, and amazing nightlife. The barrios are all so different from one another that you are sure to find something you love, be that strolling down secret alleys to find the best gin and tonic in the gothic quarter, or going hunting for vintage treasures in El Raval. Take a map, a camera and a whole lot of curiosity, and you have a short break that will be unforgettable!
Adios Senores y Senoritas!
– Koko x