First Impressions Of Barcelona In Pictures – Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
Of all the cities I’ve visited in Europe, I liked Barcelona the least. Finally a place that I didn’t fall absolutely in love with. As a birthday gift to myself (you know I’ll find any excuse to travel more), I planned a trip to this hot and sexy city to get my very first taste of Spain.
Admittedly, I did have some fun like when I took part in a wine tasting with some other Canadians, randomly stumbled across a quirky flea market, and finally broke my tapas virginity. But then I was stripped of my wallet, keys to my flat at home in Berlin, and well … my dignity. I’d always figured myself a “street smart” traveller, taking appropriate precautions and then suddenly in less than 30 seconds I was stripped of some of my most precious valuables. I came away not liking Barcelona at all, with its nimble and clever pick-pocketing thieves.
I realize now that I was wrong to let that unfortunate experience cloud my judgement. I learned some valuable lessons from that event and hopefully will never find myself under similar circumstances. Returning years later for a holiday in Costa Brava, I gave finally the city a second chance.
First Impressions Of Barcelona In Pictures
I spent a lovely 24 hours there, having lunch at the 5-star Hotel Arts, and later a tapas dinner with Jade from Vagabond 3. The next day I even went shopping at Europe’s largest Sephora which was akin to me having a religious experience when I stocked up on my favourite Makeup Forever supplies.
I came to see that Barcelona has a certain allure that lulls one back. Notable tourist attractions aside, there’s another side to the city that attracts me even more. And that’s the normal everyday life experienced by locals. Walking through the streets I couldn’t help but snap photo after photo.
What do you think about our photos of the less touristed side of Barcelona? Have you been to this fantastic city? Drop us your best tips in the comments below.
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Barcelona is amazing and I love it there, but Madrid is even better. If you ever get the chance to go to Madrid, go!! It’s so underrated compared to Barcelona, but it’s even better – I promise!
You’d think I worked for the tourist agency in Madrid, haha. Just for the record: I don’t. I’m just madly in love with Madrid 😉
@Line – I hope to visit Madrid someday. It’s on my list!
These are great – I especially like the last one! =)
@Andrea – Thanks! 🙂
We felt the same about Barcelona after our first day there. But once we wandered round and saw the non touristy side of the city it did grow on us 🙂
@Adela – Yay, glad to hear. Now I want to explore the rest of Spain too! 😀
Nice photos! It’s always great to get away from the tourist attractions to see the real side of a city.
@Dean – Thank you. And for sure, it was nice just walking through the residential areas that day.
I got robbed my first day in Quito (and had a month to live there), so that definitely clouded my experience in the city. Kudos to you for giving Barcelona another shot with an open mind… and a tighter grip on your purse I imagine 🙂
@Stephanie – Yeah, it can make for a tough experience. And yes, I had my purse so tightly gripped and was so hyper vigilant that I must have looked the fool! 🙂
I loved walking the streets of Barcelona. It was one of my favorite cities in Spain. I loved walking through Parc Guell.
However, I disagree with Line. Madrid was my least favorite city in Spain. Overrated in my opinion.
@Jeremy – I liked the park too but found it too packed with tourists for me to really enjoy properly. I can’t comment on Madrid as I haven’t been there so I want to explore nonetheless. 🙂
My favorite city in all of Europe, and I was only able to spend a just a little over a day there; what a shame. So happy to see you reminders of why I like it so much. Hopefully, I can spend more time there soon.
@Sherry – Awww, I hope you get back to Barcelona really soon as well. Also glad if I could bring any happy reminders! 🙂