We then moved onto the Sagrada Familia…. honestly…. the ugliest building I’ve ever seen.
I understand it’s incredible religious significance as a church but feel it’s a sick joke to drag out the construction so long…. especially when it’s design now ranges from gothic, to modern contemporary square statues. Relying on the ‘donations’ of entry fees charged to visit the completed sections of the building. My own personal opinion, but since there’s modern skyscrapers literally going up within a few years, it’s hard to believe (or pure ignorance) to think that this building legitimately needs to have taken and continues to, take so long to finish.
We had a night filled with Sangria and Flamenco, and checked out the funkiest little bar, Bosc de les Fades. It’s hidden away from a main courtyard just off La Rambla and is well worth a peak! It’s made to look like the inside of an enchanted tree, complete with fairies, little glittery nooks, waterfalls and mushroom stools. Plus, fantastic Pina Coladas! I could’ve stayed here drinking Sangria all night!
We decided on an early night and were glad to have made the decision. With most of our tour group moving onto the famous clubs…. There was the first mugging for the trip.
The next day was started with a great buffet breakfast from the hostel and then an epic pastry from a small local bakery.
We hopped on the train and went exploring! Jumping off at La Rambla, we walked along the main strip, enjoying the sunshine.
This main strip is a fantastic starting / middle / meeting point. It's the main promenade of the city and everything is within a short walking distance of it.
As a self confessed succulent addict, I had a wonderful time looking at all the succulent stalls along this strip.
I couldn’t contain myself when it came to the self-serve dark chocolate truffles. In here you’ll also find a rainbow of freshly squeezed fruit juices for 2 Euro, which we may have taken full advantage of.
We eventually popped out behind the Columbus Monument, across from the beach.
We’d been told, by our tour leader, to check out the nightly light show at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. We made our way up towards the impressive Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (National Museum of Catalan Visual Art). Weaving our way up the innumerable amount of steps, gazing back down at the city below us.
All around people eating, laughing, exercising & experiencing a beautiful sunset. A moment finally filled with pure life, joy and presence. It was 2 hours from the show, but we could already see people saving their spots at the best vantage points.
We’d walked all day in the sun and decided to just chill out and do the same. Great decision! Though 2 hours out may seem a bit extreme, we managed to grab an uninterrupted view on top of the huge pillars above the main fountain and had 0 hassles. Thousands of people lined the stairs, walkways and the fountains themselves to get a good view.
The show runs for 15 minutes every 30 minutes from around 9pm onwards. It is spectacular, Don’t miss it!
It was the first time on our trip that we really did feel unsafe walking the streets. Shady characters all round and our first ‘Now please take this advice and never walk back to the hostel alone’ speech on the coach.
The hundreds of cheap ‘made in china’ souvenir shops, the simple fact no one seems to know why the basilica is taking so long to build apart from it making the companies more money, and feeling like we needed eyes in the back of our heads walking at night, all added up to nothing fantastic.
But ultimately it was another adventure. It was another learning experience. It was another lovely little test of our relationship and the incredible friendship we share. No regrets, only lessons. We may not have had the most amazing experience of Barcelona, but here are the positives I left with:
Sangria and authentic Proscuitto is mouth wateringly delectable. I found the cutest Fairy bar ever! And I got to see the most beautiful little succulents out of our whole trip!
Sex, Sun & Sangria, appropriately named, Barcelona is a city full of it all!