My favourite city is definitely Barcelona. In January I went there on a city trip and absolutely fell in love with the beautiful city. The food, buildings, atmosphere and people are wonderful. Next to that, the stores were amazing, and I hope to go back there some day soon. Scroll down to read more and see some pictures!
We wanted the 5-day trip to be low budget so we could spend more money on food and shopping. We ended up booking a hotel in the Gràcia district, after checking what the public transport was like. Staying in a hotel that is not located in the centre can help save some money that you can then spend on sightseeing. Gràcia is located outside the centre of Barcelona, but public transport is affordable and easy to use. Walking is also an option, which enables you to see even more of this beautiful city!
Money saving tips for a city trip:
- Is there no transfer between the airport and the hotel? Use the bus service Aerobus: it’s easy, fast and a lot cheaper than a taxi…
- Book a hotel in one of the districts that is not actually in the centre and use the metro or walk. This way you will not only save money on your hotel, you will also be able to see more of city!
- Search for musea that have free entrance on certain days. This helps save you money and is a great way of exploring the city.
- Make plans before your trip: this way you will have more time for sightseeing.
During a city trip to Barcelona, definitely visit:
- Sagrada Familia: It’s a must to visit the Sagrada Familia!
- Park Güell: Take a walk in the park and enjoy the nature, as well as the architectual style of the park. Maybe you get lost, like I did, but as a result you get to see more of the beautiful city!
- La Rambla: Check out Rambla de Mar and the mall Maremagnum: stop till you drop! Hence the multiple layers on the way back… too much shopping!
- Montjuïc: Great view! Also: don’t forget the Magic Fountain Show, but check (here) to see their maintainance schedule.
- La Barceloneta: Go to the beach for some fresh air and walk your way back to La Rambla. The small streets are ideal for some additional sightseeing next to your ordinary sightseeing.
What’s your favourite city? Please let me know in the comments!