Fifteen degrees Celsius, wind and a clear sky to delight our eyes. The first three things I noticed as soon as I got off the plane. Barcelona, here I am. I missed you!
From Barcelona with love
It is the second time I visit this city, and like the first time, I had the same feeling: a lot to see, little time available.
This time, I chose a completely different period than the first trip (March 2016). I wanted the Christmas period.
Having a flight early in the morning, departing from Manchester, we managed to get around the city around 11 AM. It is truly a delight to explore Barcelona.
Christmas is not the strong point of the Spaniards because it did not introduce us to the spirit of the holidays except for a few lights hanging along the busiest streets.
Also, the locals and even the tourists who arrived, not too many, I deduced, decided not to roam the streets—a plus for us.
Apart from the Sagrada Familia where it is crowd, the rest of the essential tourist attractions were so easy to visit. I had a completely different perspective on this city than the first trip.
I usually don’t come back to the same place unless it really fascinated me or connected me emotionally. Now I made an exception for my partner, who also wanted to see this city. 🙂
Three years ago, I managed to see almost all the emblematic places of the city, which made this time very easy for me to organise and be a skilled guide. J
We managed to reach the top of Mount Montserrat in 3 days.
Why I love Barcelona so much
You certainly know what Barcelona means as a city, tourist attractions. If you haven’t gotten here, you’ve read a lot of other articles on the internet. That’s why I won’t bore you with technical data, how to get to x place, which bus to take for y place.
Instead, I want to make you feel the enthusiasm I had visiting again this place touched by the warmth of the Spaniards, their smile and the sea breeze that accompanies you in every corner of the city you walk.
Before I tell you what places conquered me from Barcelona and its surroundings, I want you to do an exercise in imagination. For a few seconds, I want you to see yourself exploring the streets of your favourite city in the world.
Imagine that your steps are, perhaps, taken on the most beautiful and narrow streets with tall buildings, all with a Gothic, historical flavour.
Although you have visited it so many times, every time you are there, it seems different, it delights you even more. Your only wish is that one day you can call it Home.
That’s what Barcelona offered me on my journey around Christmas. It gave me a feeling of familiarity, but it transposed me into another story that I will never forget.
In the three days spent on Catalan lands, I understood why Spaniards are so effervescent, why I love this culture, why I feel at home every time.
I have been to other beautiful places in Spain, such as the island of Lanzarote or Gran Canaria. I thought that I should be there, that I merge with everything around me.
Spain is like this. If you haven’t gotten acquainted with its charming places, get ready to leave a part of your soul there.
Barcelona and its charm
Shortly, Barcelona delighted me with its beaches, a piece of my heart I left on Barceloneta beach. I walked the winding paths of Guell Park admiring its architecture created with so much care and passion.
I looked up at the sky and back to admire the precious Sagrada Familia. We climbed the steps of the Espanya square to reach the top of the majestic Catalan historical museum.
Then I contemplated the beauty of the Montjuic fountains. Further on, the castle with the same name, which is perched on the other end of the city, but strategically built, facing the Espanya square.
We found peace, much peace among the unique cliffs of Mount Montserrat and the monastery that bears his name.
I crossed the threshold with a heart full of joy thanks to the mastery of its architecture.
Since this trip was not planned just for my pleasure, I did not miss a walk on Rambla Street. Here, in the morning, the rays of the sun accompanied us to its end. It has reached the statue of Columbus, in the port of Vell, the elegant one and inside with fantastic boats, worthy of admiration.
What a place impressed me in the middle of the metropolis
The last site to visit in Barcelona is Poble Espanyol.
We can talk about this place indefinitely. It is a special place because it is full of history and reveals a lot of Catalan traditions.
It has retained its authenticity, although some elements of a commercial nature have crept in. Characteristics that, unfortunately, we encounter in any place in this world where the man wanted to do business in addition to preserving historical treasures.
I liked this place so much that I will come back with a separate article to understand why it is worth a visit on your next Catalan getaway.
What I can add is that in the heart of a metropolis like Barcelona, you will move from one emotional state to another.
Spain doesn’t just mean Barcelona. Spain has so many beautiful places. I can’t wait to discover it more and more.
For example, I know that Andalusia will pleasantly surprise me, and the next getaway would not be wrong to be in this destination.
PS: that’s how the weather was in Barcelona, in December 2019 🙂