I close my eyes, take a deep breath in and a deep breath out. I feel the cold breeze stroking my bare skin and taste the salt on my lips. Slowly I open my eyes and look out onto the ocean with nothing but the setting sun and the slowly crashing waves in front of me. It’s right then, in this moment, that I come to realize how much I have missed it. Escaping the comfort zone and stepping into the unknown. Traveling to another city and simply switching off for a few days. Nothing quite compares to the liberty and gratification that you get from traveling. And so I am sat on my new sofa now, back in my hometown, writing down my Barcelona city guide for you guys to hold onto that feeling for a little longer. Just a minute. Just a breathe.
My Barcelona City Guide
Breakfast at Brunch & Cake
One of my all-time favourite breakfast places is Brunch & Cake in Barcelona. Their healthy menu is to die for and apart from the dishes tasting incredible; they also have the most wonderful food styling. I went for the banana bread, which was divine, while my friend had the matcha pancakes and adored them too. Do not miss if you love breakfast.
Instagram Spot: The “Kiss of Freedom” mural
Barcelona is full of art and offers something to discover around almost every corner. Be it a fascinating graffiti, stunning architecture or a brilliant piece of art, such as the kiss of freedom mural, it never fails to disappoint. I particularly liked the aesthetics of this artwork and the fact that it is made up of hundreds of tiny pictures assembled into one.
Accommodation: AB Apartment Barcelona
We were kindly invited to stay the nights in one of the various apartments from AB Apartment Barcelona and absolutely loved it. Our apartment was located at El Carmel and offered us with the most breathtaking view of Barcelona skyline by day and night. We had a huge terrace, that we sadly didn’t use too much and the flat itself was incredibly clean. I’m such a picky person when it comes to apartments and always anxious about ending up somewhere I don’t feel at ease. In this apartment, however, we felt really comfortable from the first minute on.
When we arrived in Barcelona we immediately headed to the AB office to pick up our keys. There we were not only greeted with a warm welcome but also given some snacks and water for the journey to our assigned apartment by taxi. I personally have tried it all – hostel, hotel, air b’n’b – but somehow felt really great about the service and apartment provided here. We probably didn’t need that big a rooftop terrace and sometimes it was a bit noisy in the night as the neighbors decided to celebrate a party on their balcony (without inviting us – rude!). Other than that, I’d 100% recommend booking with them and will positively do it again whenever I’m traveling to Barcelona again (which won’t be long – I love the city).
My personal highlight in Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia
I’m a huge sucker for architecture and all things Gaudí, so the Sagrada is a building I’m particularly fond of. I find it so mesmerizing and awesome what is being built there in the middle of Barcelona – a church so elegant it will put all the others in its shadows. The inside is breathtaking and in some corners feels unreal, as if enriched by divine forces and the sheer details that is being worked in this piece of architecture makes it worth a visit whenever you are there. The Sagrada is supposed to be finished in 2026, so do count me in as a visitor then.
Best view in town: Bunkers el Carmel
Luckily our apartment was located only a twenty-minute walk from the bunkers itself and made it easy for us to get up there. When we arrived – only 30 minutes before the sunset over the Barcelona skyline – we both immediately said that alone for this view, the trip was worth it. I had never witnessed a view so fantastic. With the entity of Barcelona at your feet, you cannot stop but marvel at how wonderfully beautiful this planet is. We brought some salad we had bought in the supermarket and ate it up there, listening to the music the locals played and took about a million pictures.
Getting around town
When it comes to traveling around town, I’d absolutely recommend getting the HOLA BCN public transport card. We paid around 20€ for three days and used both the bus and the subway frequently to get around. It also includes the transfer from and to the airport and that I do like. Makes the whole arrival and departure process so much easier. Would not recommend throwing the card into your bag because that cost me another 5€ as I had to get a new one to enter the airport as mine somehow bend in the bag and was unreadable for the machine – sucked big time but yeah that’s life.
Some more things I want to add to my Barcelona city guide
- We had dinner at “La Fonda del Port Olimpic” on our second day in the city and loved the Paella there. They also served delicious wine and a wonderful plate of tapas beforehand. I’m not sure how the restaurant is when it’s high season but right now it’s a really lovely place to spend the evening
- On a slow morning, while my friend walked through the Sagrada, I decided to wander off and explore the Arc de Triomf and the park nearby and absolutely loved it. It was crowded with tourists but so beautiful and picturesque.
- Do not miss La Boqueria when you’re in Barcelona. It’s always worth a visit.
- We also visited Casa Punxes one afternoon, which was fun but not worth going to on a sunny day as it’s almost all indoor. I imagine this being a lovely experience when you’re in the city and hit with rain. And it’s always nice to have options, rather than shopping all day, then.
Big thank you to AB Apartment Barcelona for inviting Miss Getaway to Barcelona.
The opinion expressed in this post is, as always, 100% my own!