Summer, for me, means spending time at the beach and a temperature of at least 30 degrees. After having been ‘’home’’ in Paris, last April, the feeling of going to my ‘’other home’’ became only stronger. It was about time to go to Barcelona after two years.

I lived in Barcelona for 6 months in 2014 as I did an internship over there. It is by far the nicest city I have lived in. There’s just something about it with its relaxed and content vibe. I seriously don’t know anyone that doesn’t like BCN. The city has culture, food, an international atmosphere, a great party scene and not to forget: BEACH!

Unlike Paris, I went this time with one of my dear friends. As she had graduated just before heading there, it was also a celebratory graduation trip. I was as happy as a kid from the moment we booked till the actual departure.

Because BCN is home to me, I knew exactly what we could do and where to go. Luckily it wasn’t my friends first time to BCN so we could take it easy and skip the major tourist attractions (and the long queues).

We stayed in a good central place, but avoiding Las Ramblas. Major tip if you’re a tourist. Avoid this area if you dislike being bombarded with all of the city’s tourists.
Our hotel Room Mate Carla is situated just a few minutes from the prestigious Passeig de Gracia, which is the Champs Elysees of BCN.

So what did we do/eat/see? Keep on reading!

The fun started in the plane with some Sangria

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20160707_220828When we arrived, we took a nap, refreshed ourselves and got ready for dinner and drinks. I was really excited to take my friend to Ikibana. This restaurant serves Japanese/Brazilian fusion dishes. It is one of my favourite restaurants of the city and they serve the best and unique sushi there is.

20160708_140603-1The one thing I really wanted to do was to visit the Bunkers. This place is a remains of an actual civil war bunker built in 1937. On top of the hill you get the most stunning views of the city and you are able to see many of the city’s sights in detail. Next to the most incredible view, I like the fact that you won’t find an overload of tourists here. It’s quite a hidden gem and locals like to come watch the sunset and enjoy a drink.
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How can you not fall in love with this city?

TIP: take the bus, which leaves you at the start of the hill. My friend and I thought it was unnecessary and simply took the metro to Carmel. We thought it was easy to walk from there. BAD CHOICE. Let’s just say we had an intense booty workout with 34 degrees. But it was all worth it when we were at the top.
If you’d also like to see Gaudi’s Parc Guell, it would be a good idea to combine these two sights as they are quite close to one another.

IMG-20160710-WA001220160708_163401After our intense ‘’hike’’ we got hungry! The initial plan was to head to Brunch & Cake. However, it was packed and there was a huge line. Not good for two hungry girls. Instead, we went to Bodegas Granados.

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My favorite purchase of the trip! There’s nothing more summery than pineapple tits 😉

We went shopping in the Passeig de Gracia/Plaza Catalunya area. In the evening we ate at La Luna in which it was too dark to take any pictures, but I highly recommend it, as it is really good and budget friendly. Instead of dessert I had a carajillo, which is an espresso with a shot of liquor (e.g. brandy, whisky, baileys). If you ever have an after dinner dip or are simply tired, have this! I had energy for like an entire army.

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I used to go quite often on the weekends to La Boqueria to grab a fresh juice or fruits.
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The old man giving me a stinky eye..
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Why did I come again to BCN? Exactly, BEACH! We visited the better-known beach La Barceloneta where also many of the famous nightclubs are located such as Opium and CDLC.
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Did you know that BCN’s beaches weren’t open to public until 1992? Before the Olympic Games, in that year, the seaside of the city was mainly used for industrial purposes but the city converted this into a place for leisure when the Olympics were to be hosted in that city.

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During my trip I also saw my dear BCN roomie! We went for dinner at Cornelia and Co and later for drinks in town. It was so good catching up, like no day had passed.

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On our last day we decided to take it easy in the morning and saving energy for the late afternoon as we planned to go to Brunch in the Park. This is a festival where electronic music is played each Sunday between June and September. Besides good music you can find great food stands and local brands selling their goodies. The location is also one of a kind, on Mont Juic overlooking the city.. oh and loads of good looking gents ;).
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After a day full of dancing we decided our faces looked too messed up to be seen in public for dinner. So we ordered food at Rita Blue (One of my BCN fav restaurants) and let it be delivered at the hotel. A room pick nick!

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You look different everytime we meet
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Batllo by night

It was incredible to be in my beloved city and thing is sure: next year, I’ll be back as I won’t be able to wait longer!

Have you been to Barcelona? What do you like most about the city?

Check out some of my previous travel blogs:
Dublin
Paris

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