This year marks the end of my high school career, so it seemed only fitting to hop on a plane and jet off to Barcelona with 7 of my friends. It turned out to be one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on and I’ve written this post to impart some of my new-found wisdom to you discerning travellers….
We stayed in the centre of town in a highly affordable (just over £100 each for 4 nights!) apartment on the street Roger de Lluria. Check them out here. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more student-ey budget option, there’s a great youth hostel that’s part of the Sant Jordi Alba group just downstairs!
Inside & Outside the apartment!
La Sagrada Familia
This is the number one tourist attraction in Barcelona and I have to say, this infamous cathedral, designed by Antoni Gaudi, definitely lives up to the hype. Be prepared to wait for a rather long time in the queues if you want to go inside though & if you’re a student, take a student card to ensure you get discount!
Las Ramblas & La Boqueria
As the most famous street in Barcelona, this is where all the action happens. Lined with stalls selling everything you could think of and a wealth of street performers, you could wander down here for hours. For me, the defining feature is definitely the La Boqueria food market – it’s easy to miss though so keep your eyes peeled!
The incredible view from this mountain was one of the stand out moments of the trip for me. The best time to climb is early evening, when it’s cooler and more tranquil. If you get a chance, take the cable car to experience stunning panoramic views over the city!
Another one of the best things about Barcelona is the beaches! At first, we tried the buzzing St Sebastia beach. This is great if you don’t want to venture far from the city but it is quite polluted due to it’s popularity with the tourists.
The best beach we found by far was the more tranquil Bogatell, complete with a watersports centre and many beach bars. Although it is a little further out from the city, it is definitely worth the effort. If you’re tempted to wander a little further down the coastline, beware that there is a nudist area on the Mar Bella beach! Oh, and don’t be shocked to find the locals sunbathing topless, no matter where you are…
Simply put, the Barcelona nightlife is incredible. Due to the Spanish way of life, the locals don’t start hardcore partying until at least 2 am and can quite easily carry on until 6 o clock the next morning!
The strip of clubs along the beach is ideal for tourists (although many of them claim to be 21+). The best club by far is CDLC (Carpe Diem Lounge Club), a spot that’s popular with the celebrities – and I can see why! Whilst the overall experience of the clubs are great, most of the drinks are downright unaffordable – Opium charge 17 euros for a mojito! Which brings me on to our fabulous find of the trip….
Bar Tres Flores – This hidden gem only has one room, two bartenders and seems to be in a rather dodgy part of town at first glance. However, the homely feel to the place instantly makes you feel welcome and mojitos are a steal at just 3 euros 50 (all other drinks are just 3 euros). The perfect place for pre-drinks.
Overall, the trip was amazing and Barcelona is definitely now one of my favourite places. Tell me about your experiences and recommendations of places in Barcelona in the comments below!