For a change I am starting my Barcelona travel post with a visual diary! After my Munich & Berlin Travel videos I was super excited to try and improve my filming skills as well as my video editing skills for the Barcelona travel diary. Enjoy!
District – Eixample
The hotel we stayed at was located at the beautiful district Eixample on the Carrer de Valencia. Hotel Argo is definitely a tip for lovers of minimal spaces. The rooms where bright with very high ceilings and delicate decor. We booked the last available room for the time span we stayed at the hotel and I requested a room with balcony but didn’t even expect it to work out. You can imagine my joy when we arrived at the hotel and I was told our room with a balcony was ready for us! The view was amazing and I loved sitting there at night listening to the hustle of the city. But let me tell you some more about the district all around the Carrer de Valencia there are beautiful small cafes, bakeries, restaurants, bars and small boutiques. Another big plus was the 7min walking distance to the passage de gracia which is the main shopping street in Barcelona with the most beautiful COS store I have ever seen (you might have seen it on snapchat sophievedaniels) Last but not least the atmosphere of the district was very special, the streets were always filled with sunshine and shade and I had to stop every 5 meters to look at the shadow plays as well as the beautiful architecture!
Carrer de València, 305, 08009 Barcelona
Josephine – Tapas Bar
Carrer de Pau Claris, 147, 08009 Barcelona
Anine Bing Store
Carrer de Pau Claris, 149, 08009 Barcelona
Boulangery – Bakery
Carrer de València, 287, 08009 Barcelona
District – Barrier de Gothic
The Gothic quarter is beautiful and best explored with a bottle of water in one hand and a camera in the other plus a pair of shoes that are made for walking. Around every corner there is a new hidden street with cute little shops and restaurants. The streets are very small and especially in the summer months the shadow in the streets is a nice change. The whole quarter is just magical! The houses are high with balconies full of plants. When the earth tones of the houses mix with the green of the trees you don’t feel like you are in this huge city anymore. Even though Barcelona is always crowded it never feels like people are rushing – there is a special calmness within the city. But maybe it’s just the catalan way of living.
La Boqueria (markethall) – Pinotxo
Rambla, 91 08001 Barcelona
Els Quatre Gats – traditional catalan cuisine
Carrer de Montsió 3, 08002 Barcelona
La Manual Alpargatera – buy the real handmade espadrilles here
Carrer Avinyó, 7, 08002 Barcelona
District – Port
For this part of the city I don’t have any hidden gems as we only went there on our last day and walked around the port for a bit – the weather was beautiful and the windy breath was a perfect change. I love ports and looking at all the boats – something my dad did with me and my brothers since we were little. The rambla de mar is always full of tourists but I confess we also walked over the modern bridge because you have such a nice view over the port from there plus a lot of areas to sit and have a little break from the heat.
Have you been to Barcelona before? What are your hidden gems in the city?