Four Days in Barcelona
By Sacha Berman of 09/15/18
Spring Break in Barcelona
I still can’t get over how compact Europe is, and to be able to jet off to Barcelona for Spring Break is a true dream. We spent four days in Barcelona, which was a perfect little escape especially when Europe is experiencing colder than usual temperatures everywhere else. I had so many recommendations of tapas bars and brunch spots. Four days was definitely not enough time to explore all the quaint narrow streets, filled with hole in the wall cafes and bars serving up sangria by the pitcher. Still, we were able to check museums, monuments and must try spots off our bucket list! Here are some of my favs:
We literally went to this market every single day of the trip. Their 1€ juices are incredible (try the blackberry coconut!), and the fruit is so fresh and so cheap. Around the corner is Chök bakery, aesthetically pleasing (of course) where you can grab a delish donut and a café con lech.
Park Güell and Gaudí’s Apartments
Some of the most memorable and distinct architecture I’ve seen. We strolled past Casa Milà and Casa Batlló on our first day, however Casa Mila’s rooftop is amazing but tickets are not cheap. We did get tickets to see Gaudí’s architecture inside Park Güell. The park itself is free to stroll around, with lush gardens and beautiful views of the city all the way out to the ocean – and yes there is that famous bench.
Another Gaudí creation, the Sangrada Familia did not disappoint, and it is evident why it has taken so many years to complete. As impressive and immense as it is from the outside, the inside will have you in awe. The stained glass makes it feel like you are walking through a rainbow fairytale land. No joke. Get tickets in advance for all major attractions! Travelling with a group of 7 we DID do this, but could not organize ourselves to be on time for anything. Big shoutout to the security for letting us in an hour late, our bad!
Besides Gaudí’s apartments-turned museums, the Museu Picasso and Museau d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) were on the top of our list. Picasso is free for students, but no photos, which I had to refrain from – except the chandelier shot which is fine because it’s not a Picasso right? Contemporary art is so hit or miss for me sometimes, is it art? Or is that a bench we can sit on? It was definitely worth a visit just to see how beautiful and bright the building is.
There are not enough days in the week to try all the brunch places that were recommended, but I have found my new favourite spot to brunch in the entire world – and that is saying a LOT. Eating at Brunch & Cake was seriously life changing. The food is so fresh and healthy, and the presentation is immaculate. Compared to Parisian prices for good healthy food, this was a steal. We went twice because they have so many locations. The Supersandwich or Oat and Ricotta pancakes will not disappoint. Actually nothing will disappoint. Go here.
Seeing the ocean for the first time in months was such an amazing feeling, and the boardwalk along the beach was filled with fun patios and beach-food shacks. A little too chilly to go swimming but I will definitely be back in the warmer months.