Visiting Barcelona For the First Time

Visiting Barcelona For the First Time
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Hey guys! I hope you’re all doing very well.

Thinking about visiting Barcelona? Great, I have exactly what you need – a travel guide! So today I got the bright idea of writing a travel guide for my trip to Barcelona that I took a while back ago and I thought sharing is caring.

I was in need of a getaway trip and wanted to escape London so I booked a last minute flight and flew out to the Spanish city. Upon arriving, I met up with my friend who was also visiting from Sweden. Seeing as this was my first time in Barcelona my friend and I discovered the city through my eyes as a newbie. Now for those of you who have not been to Barcelona, it’s a gorgeous city with amazing architecture. It’s a city filled with many tourists however if you find locals who actually speak a word of English then you’ve hit the jackpot!

Outside the hotel. Photo: Lynda Konde Photography

I flew out during the month of November and traded a cold London for a quite warm Barcelona. In fact, it was 23 degrees while I was there, which allowed me to wear leggings and T-shirts. Now I don’t know about you guys but I don’t like cold weather so 23 degrees during wintertime is absolutely gold!

I landed in Barcelona El Prat International Airport around noon where I grabbed a taxi that drove me into central Barcelona where I met up with my friend who had a gorgeous room at Art Hotel Barcelona. Upon dropping my luggage we headed out to central Barcelona to walk around and grab a quick bite to eat before exploring the city.

Boardwalk on Port Vell Marina. Photo: Lynda Konde Photography

After leaving the restaurant we headed over to MareMagnum, a very large shopping center in Port Vell by the ocean that I fell in love with. The shopping center has many familiar shops and even more non-familiar shops with gorgeous clothes at affordable prices. MareMagnum literally have everything you need whether you’re looking for something for yourself, parents or even home decor. It also has a big food court with different types of food, however, if you don’t fancy that you can always head on out and grab something else, as there are tons of restaurants and coffee shops in the area.

Street vendors selling bags close to Port Vell Marina. Photo: Lynda Konde Photography

Port Vell Marina. Photo: Lynda Konde Photography

Close to MareMagnum is also Port Vell Marina, which is filled with semi-sized boats. The scenery is gorgeous, especially on a sunny day (hint: Instagrammable spots). Have a walk on the boardwalk, have an ice cream while passing by the marina or simply aim to have a relaxing time in the park just close by.

Worth seeing is the Gothic Quarter that used to be a Roman village and still carries its ancient appearance. With tons of small restaurants, coffee shops, and of course narrow streets, this area is also a photographer’s dream. I suggest heading over there and allow yourself to get lost in the moment. With Barcelona being one big tourist attraction, the Gothic Quarter will give you a feeling of the authentic Barcelona we’re not used to seeing.

When looking for a good bite, try not getting stuck with the same type of food every day. La Boqueria, also known as “St. Josep La Boqueria”, is a big and cozy market that offers everything from fresh fruit to meat. It’s definitely worth a visit as it gives you a real feeling of being in Spain despite a large number of tourists wandering around.

La Boqueria Market. Boardwalk on Port Vell Marina

When wandering around make sure you get to Plaça de Catalunya, a large square located in city central. It’s a lively place with tons of people passing by as well as a meeting point for many people. If you’re in the area on a sunny day, why not buy food at the supermarket and have a seat at the square? You’ll love it!

La Rambla. Photo: Lynda Konde Photography

And of course, we have the famous La Rambla! Now for those of you who are not familiar with La Rambla, it’s a famous street in central Barcelona that stretches for 1.2 kilometers. It’s a very popular location for both tourists and locals and can get very crowded depending on what time of the year you visit. At La Rambla, you will find many shops, particularly souvenir shops, street performers, restaurants etc. Being the famous street it is, La Rambla is connected to multiple popular areas of central Barcelona, such as the attractions mentioned above.

I hope this guide helps you with your Barcelona travel. If you have any questions feel free to fire away.




Disclaimer: All photos are mine.