El Xalet de Montjuic
Bo De B
CDLC (Carpe Diem)
El Corte Ingles
BARS / CLUBS
W Hotel Eclipse Bar
La Segrada Familia
The Arc De Triumph
Parc de Cuitadella
Sofitel Barcelona Skipper
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Best 6 Months Ever Lived In Barcelona
Studying abroad in Barcelona is still one of my favorite memories and could not suggest it more. Having lived in Barcelona for an unforgettable six months during a study abroad journey, I can personally vouch for its magnetic allure. The city's easy navigation and warm ambiance instantly make it a second home. Forming lasting friendships, uncovering hidden gems, and immersing myself in local culture remains an easy decision to hop on an 11-hour flight from LAX. Time and time again, I find something new to obsess about.
Barcelona entices an alluring blend of exploration avenues. Whether you opt to effortlessly breeze through iconic attractions on an e-bike or savor moments by strolling at your own pace, the city tailors its experiences to your preferences. From the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia and the mysterious Gothic Quarter to the serene beaches and the whimsical wonderland of Park Güell, every nook of Barcelona narrates a distinct tale. Make sure to check out Arc de Triomphe and Parc de Ciutadella since they are right next to each other.
No discourse on Barcelona would be complete without a nod to its legendary culinary scene. While paella shines as the crown jewel of Spanish cuisine, the city's diverse gastronomic landscape presents an abundance of food options. Admittedly, in my quest for the finest tapas joints, I have yet to find the ultimate paella. Once you eat at CDLC, you will want the free massages every time you sit at a restaurant. There are not many restaurants you need reservations for but always keep in mind their siesta time (3-5:30 pm) where all the shops close down. And if you get the chance to eat Bo de B for more than one meal, you won't regret it.
There are too many places to catch a rooftop vibe but for an unparalleled view of the iconic Sagrada Familia, take a visit to Ayre Hotel's rooftop. Another sneaky one is 1881 per SAGARDI above a museum and gives gorgeous sunset views to the yacht harbor. If you are looking to take sunset experiences a notch higher, taxi to Bunkers and walk up the hill to the prettiest view of the entire city. I recommend going an hour before sunset with food and wine before it gets too crowded. I promise you it is worth every second.
When selecting your hotel in Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter's central location brings convenience to all the major sites. Yet, as someone who resided in the offbeat charm of El Eixample, I can attest to the unique appeal of neighborhoods slightly off the trodden path. All of the hotels listed are top-rated when staying in Barcelona but If you are looking to save money, take a look at the Air BnBs. Barcelona orchestrates experiences that cater to every traveler's whims when it comes to taste, art, and history. Whether you're getting lost through streets, marveling at architectural wonders, indulging in cuisines, or simply basking in the city's vibrant vibes, Barcelona's allure is undeniable. It's not just a destination to visit.