Hola! This time around I decided that the place I was going to visit should be a bit more closer to home, so that is why I chose to go to the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural center; the beautiful Barcelona! In this blog I will give you an insight on what to visit when you’re only staying for 3 days.
Flying from Amsterdam to Barcelona is only a 2-hour flight and that is why there are many airlines that offer this route multiple times a day. Prices start at 20 euros and go up when you choose a more expensive airline. I always want to have a secure feeling when being up in the air and that is why I keep on choosing to fly with KLM. They have the best airline safety reputation. Visit www.klm.com for availability and prices.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel Rosellon
In a dynamic city like Barcelona there are many hotels where you can stay in. If you want to go sightseeing all day and relax at night then it is almost mandatory to stay in a hotel that has a quick access to the metro system. With a breathtaking view the Ayre Hotel Rosellon was the choice for us. The hotel is right next to the famous Sagrada Familia and costs 456 euros for 3 nights including breakfast. Visit the website for more information about the rooms: http://www.ayrehoteles.com/en/hotel-rosellon/
La Rambla and Mercat de la Boqueria
The most famous street in all or Barcelona is probably la Rambla. It is a busy street where pedestrians rule. La Rambla is a broad and long avenue lined by trees and filled with souvenir shops, flower stalls and acts on the street. Alongside of this avenue there is the Teatre Poliorama. It was build in 1863 as the Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences but was badly damaged during the civil war. They managed to restore it. Somewhere along the way you can find the entrance to the Mercat de la Boqueria, which many people refer to as the best market in Spain. Here you can buy many fruits, vegetables, meats and sweets.
The gothic quarter is one of the oldest places in Barcelona, which contains 14th century gothic cathedrals, squares and ancient Roman ruins. Despite many changes in the 19th and early 20th century, many of the buildings date all the way back from Medieval times. It is definitely a must see when visiting Barcelona, since it is considered to be the center of the old city of Barcelona.
Before we headed back to the hotel to take a short siesta (hey, if you’re in Spain you got to blend in right?!) we visited the Sagrada Familia. The cathedral is open throughout the week but still its very busy with tourists from all over the world. If you want to enter the cathedral you can buy 2 tickets, one to enter only the cathedral and one to enter the cathedral and one of the towers. The Sagrada is probably the most famous work of Gaudi since the whole world knows about it. it is most famous for being under construction for so many years. However it is scheduled to be finished in about 10 years. De details on this massive gothic structure are impeccable and very impressive. Definitely a highlight of the trip already.
Gaudi Park (Park Guell)
This park is definitely another must see in Barcelona. The park was an idea of a wealthy man called Guell (surprise) who wanted to build a private housing estate for all the wealthy families back in the day. The whole plan didn’t work as it was supposed to and the park opened up to the public. The park entrance is free but if you want to see the most famous highlights you have to pay 7 euros to get inside. You can also buy a ticket to Gaudi’s house where he spent his time before going to the Sagrada. All the colors and the beautiful backdrop make this scenery a place to never forget.
Placa d’Espanya is one of the most important squares in Barcelona and it functions as the junction of several major thoroughfares. It was build for the 1929 International Exhibition, and Barcelona’s former bullring (Arenas de Barcelona) is right behind this square. It is a massive boulevard that has a lot to show. Definitely something to remember forever!
Of course Barcelona has many tapas bars where you can get a vino tinto (red wine) or of course a sangria to less your thirst. In Spain it is common to eat dinner after 9 pm, so tapas is a nice way to settle your hunger for a few hours before the actual dinner starts. On every street there is a tapas bar, and all are equally as good!
As I am a huge football fan, and especially a FC Barcelona fan, this last stop on our trip couldn’t be left out. Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in all of Europe and is the home base of the most successful club of Spain. We did a tour around the stadium to learn more about the history and to actually walk on the grounds where the best players have played. The tickets were around 23 euros and offered an audio tour guide and a visit to the museum. This stadium was really impressive to say the least.
Other places to visit in Barcelona
- Barcelona Zoo
- Parc de la Ciutadella, a very green park that offers beautiful sights
- La Seu, Barcelona’s main cathedral
Recap of the 3-day trip
Flights from Amsterdam leave 5 times a day, 7 days a week and you can choose from different airlines. I chose to fly with KLM and it cost me around 100 euros. The hotel we stayed in was the Ayre Hotel Rosellon which overlooked the Sagrada Familia. Popular sights we have visited in this trip were: La Rambla and Mercat de Boqueria, Gothic Quarter, Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Placa d’Espana, and Camp Nou.
I’m still reminiscing over all the nice tapas bites and the sangria’s, but it’s time again to start packing for my next trip! So keep on the lookout for my next blog where I visit a lovely city in Southeast Asia!