THE TRAVEL GUIDE: BARCELONA
Barcelona has quickly become one of my favourite European cities, especially in Summer. From taking bikes to explore, afternoon siestas and late nights out, the Catalonians have life pretty good. Especially when it comes to food, Sangria, Jamon and Cheese are your go-to's and available absolutely everywhere. I teamed up with Lipault AU, to tell you what to do and where to go in Barcelona.
Barcelona can become touristy, like most of Europe in Summer so Airbnb is your best friend to ensure you find the perfect location. We stayed in here in El Ravell which was just on the outskirts of the Gothic Quarter and walking distance to just about everything.
For breakfast/brunch Flax and Kale is your go to with pressed juices, wholewheat pancakes, smoothies and vegan tacos, there is something for just about everyone and trust me you'll need a bit of health food to cancel out all the cheese and wine you had the night before.
Carrer dels Tallers, 74B, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
For lunch head to Caravelle, with their aptly named list of craft beers and menu of shrimp sliders, tacos and fried chicken, it is wholesome foods with a Spanish twist. A tonne of flavour and spice, everything on the menu is chosen by the season.
Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
If you have limited time, a hop on, hop off bus tour is your best friend. You'll be able to cover majority of Barcelona in a day and be able to select what you visit. Make sure you hop off at the Barcelona Pavilion, a marble building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It is an architects dream and can be appreciated by just about anyone, from its minimalist design to its textural beauty, it's only €5 and cannot be missed.
Barcelona Pavilion, Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7, 08038
Get lost in the Gothic Quarter and stumble upon the Picasso Museum, which is a must visit, along with La Sagrada Familia, both should be at the top of your list.
Hire a bike and go to the mountains! A half day is well spent at Park Guell or at Tibidabo just enjoying the incredible view overlooking the entire of Barcelona.
Barcelona is quite close to most surrounding cities, and my pick is Girona. I'd consider adding a few days in Girona into your itinerary and staying at the Hilton by DoubleTree. Girona is a completely different experience! Much less touristy, tapas is definitely cheaper and there is still a lot to see and do. It's a town where the worlds top cyclists go to train, so when you see cyclists, you know there'll be good coffee around. If you need a coffee hit, Espresso Mafia is your go-to, trust me when ended up going everyday. For breakfast/lunch, La Fabrica, Espresso Mafias bigger brother is a must see. You have to try the chia pudding, and why not have a Mimosa while you're there.
Espresso: Carrer de la Cort Reial, 5, 17004 Gerona, Girona, Spain
La Fabrica: 17004, Carrer de la Llebre, 3, 17004 Gerona, Girona, Spain