This trip to the ever vibrant Barcelona makes me a third time visitor here. I’m not sure why I always end up here but there always seems to be a reason to visit. I have done the typical sights like the Gaudi park, La Sagrada Familia and of course I have seen the beach a fair few times so on this trip I took the opportunity to do some of the things that I missed in the past.
Barcelona’s Picasso Museum showcases the most extensive collection of Pablo Picasso art work in the world. It was really worth seeing actually, I was fascinated by his beautifully accurate portrait drawings that he did when he was only 14/15 years old and it was really amazing to see his evolution as an artist throughout his works as you weave through the course of the museum. The museum is a little on the expensive side as everything in Barcelona seems to be now (the first time I went a lot of the sights were free). For an adult to see only the Picasso exhibition it will cost 11 euros BUT if you are in possession of a student ID card, any student ID card (even if you’re not technically still a student!) you can get entry absolutely FREE! This made my day so if you are a student do not miss this museum.
The last two times I was in Barcelona I missed this wonderful view from the hill top of the entire city. Its a bit of a hike but at the top of Montjuïc you can find the castle which offers beautiful views in its own right but you will also find the botanic gardens, the Olympic and sports museum and more. This whole area is a great place to spend a day if you feel like being active and getting some walking in. There is the option of taking the cable car or the bus to the top also.
MARKET – LA BOQUERIA
I remember this was my favorite place to visit on my first trip to Barcelona. The fresh and brightly colored fruit stands, the mouth watering authentic jamon Iberico and the tapas bars down the back serving freshly prepared Spanish style seafood. This market is probably the most well-known of all the markets as it is located on La Rambla. I visited it again this time around but I didn’t purchase anything as it was so packed I could hardly move. It is a really fantastic market but these days you have to be prepared to face the crowds if you want to sample the goods.
MARKET – SANTA CATERINA
This market is a little walk away from La Boqueria on La Rambla but offers very similar produce without the crowds. This market dates back to 1848 but of course has had extensive remodeling since then! A nice place to stop for a coffee and to pick up some local produce.