My Adventure in Barcelona: Bustling Streets, Unbelievable Sights, and Pickpockets

Barcelona has always been on my bucket list, and this May, I finally had the chance to visit it. However, no matter how much research I did, I just wasn’t ready for the hustle and bustle that this city has to offer. I was expecting it to be packed with tourists, but I never could’ve imagined how packed it would actually be. Even though my visit was only limited to three days, I still think that I had a good chance to get a glimpse of what Barcelona is really about. And let me tell you — this place is not for the faint of heart.

First of all, I want to give a huge disclaimer. Although I said that three days were enough to get a glimpse of Barcelona, if you really want to get to know this city, and visit all the possible landmarks, you will have to devote a lot more time and energy. There is just so much to do and see there, and the city itself is the second largest in Spain. As my time there was limited, I only focused on some of the biggest attractions. So let me give you a quick overview of that.

Sagrada Familia and Barcelona

How could a trip to Barcelona be completed without a trip to the iconic Sagrada Familia? Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece stands tall, strong, and as usually — under construction. But that doesn’t take away from the beauty of this Catholic church. However, taking a non cliche photo in front of it will be a struggle. That’s why I would highly suggest to go to the park in front of Sagrada. You will still get a good view while having to deal with fewer other tourists. If you want to tour the inside of the basilica, book tickets in advance online. That will save you a lot of time and patience.

Ciutadella Park

Are you looking for a quiet place to escape to during your trip to Barcelona? Then type in Ciutadella Park into your Google Maps search bar. This green oasis is perfect for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or even a peaceful boat ride on the lake. And it’s also, in my opinion at least, the most photogenic place in Barcelona. As you meander through the park, you’ll encounter hidden treasures, such as the stunning Cascada Fountain, a masterpiece of neoclassical design. If you need a break from the busy city life and you also want to take some gorgeous Instagram photos, Ciutadella Park is the place to go.

Mercat de la Boqueria

One of my favorite activities while exploring a new city is also visiting their food markets. And if you’re looking for a market to go to in Barcelona, Mercat de la Boqueria will be your best bet. This bustling food market is a feast for the senses, offering a kaleidoscope of colors, aromas, and flavors. It’s located in the city center, and it will bw pretty much impossible to miss it. As you navigate through the vibrant stalls, you’ll be captivated by the variety of fresh seafood, tantalizing tapas, aromatic spices, and exotic fruits. From traditional Catalan dishes to international delicacies, the market caters to every taste bud. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor a refreshing cup of freshly squeezed fruit juice. Or maybe indulge in a plate of mouthwatering jamón ibérico. The Mercat de la Boqueria has something to offer for anyone.

Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona isn’t just about history and culture; it also offers a thrilling shopping experience. My adventurous spirit led me to the iconic Sephora store, where entry involves sliding down a slide! Once inside, you’ll find a paradise of beauty products and cosmetics that are often sold out in other places of the world. Indulge in some retail therapy and discover the latest makeup trends or pamper yourself with luxurious skincare products. But you won’t be let down by their local drugstores as well. The one I would strongly suggest visiting is called Druni. From affordable drugstore makeup to discounted designer fragrances — you definitely won’t leave this place empty handed.

Public transportation

Getting around Barcelona is fairly easy thanks to its efficient public transportation system. The city boasts an extensive network of buses, trams, and metros. This makes it easy to navigate from one attraction to another. You can purchase a travel card for unlimited rides during your stay. You can also use the T-10 ticket, which offers multiple trips at a discounted rate. But I have to note that this is also a pedestrian-friendly city, which I took full advantage of as well. Just put on your most comfortable shoes, open Google Maps, and set off on foot to explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Barcelona. Walking through the vibrant streets allows you to stumble upon hidden gems, local cafes, and affordable restaurants.

A few extra thoughts

My three-day adventure in Barcelona was a whirlwind, to say the least. And although I have visited some absolutely gorgeous places, I have to say that I wish I decided on a different date for my trip. Even though May is just the beginning of the high-season, there were so many tourists there that it was hard for me to catch a break and actually admire the sights.

In addition to that, there is one thing that I have to warn you about — keep a good eye on your personal belongings. I made the mistake not to do that while sitting in a busy cafe with several travel bags, only to discover that one of them went missing. The streets of Barcelona are just so busy that there is no way to notice that someone is getting too close to your personal space.

But even though my experience in Barcelona wasn’t exactly perfect, this is still a place that I would love to revisit. The food, the colorful streets, the uplifting energy — there is just something special about it. Whether you’re strolling through the Gothic Quarter or admiring the stunning Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s unique beauty is guaranteed to leave a mark on your soul. So what are you waiting for? Let this city enchant you too.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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