Barcelona was one of the places I didn’t get to when I backpacked through Europe. So when deciding on where to go to the week of my birthday, I knew Barcelona would have to be at the top of the list. After doing some research I had outlined the perfect girls getaway to Barcelona.
Although I’ve never been in any other season, Barcelona in October is beautiful. I packed preparing for the cold but was pleasantly surprised by how warm it was. Light layers worked for the chilly mornings and by noon, our jackets and tights came off. We were able to spend four days exploring and eating our way through Barcelona.
Girls Getaway Barcelona
On the first day we got settled into our gorgeous Airbnb and got acquainted with Barcelona. We visited La Sagrada Familia, which was steps outside our apartment. A masterpiece as much inside as outside, you must visit. I decided to head to the main shopping hub and assess how much damage I could do in the city. Upon which I found a crepe place and devoured one.
I found Casa Batllo and decided to take a tour of the Gaudi masterpieces.
I suggest going in, it has a high-tech interactive system that you can follow along with. I enjoyed wandering on my own and just got lost inside. Eventually, you reach a rooftop where you can overlook everything. Go at sunset, there aren’t crowds and the lighting on the rooftop is impressive. We then had dinner at PerBacco, where the sangria and the pizza were the perfect end to the day.
Sangria is the perfect end to any day out exploring.
On our second day, we decided to stretch our legs and enjoy the beautiful weather. I created a map of places we wanted to hit with google maps and after a stop at a cafe for breakfast, we were on our way. We came upon La Monumental, a bull fighting arena, turned museum. We then made it to the Arc de Triomf. The arch built as the gateway to the Universal Expedition fair of 1888, held in the Parc de la Ciutadella.
I love to people watch and the Parc de la Cuitdella is the perfect place to people watch. We came upon an old building that inside seemed to have a secret garden, and was magical.Then feeling our tummies grumbling we headed for lunch.
We ate at the Green Spot, you can read about them here.
Feeling both satisfied and a bit tipsy we headed for the Marina but stopped for some sunbathing at Plaça de l’Ictineo. We then shopped around a bit in Maremagnum Mall, and relaxed by the water. I was trying to soak up as much sun as I could before coming back to the cold. For dinner, we found this cute seafood restaurant, where I had my first black paella. It was seriously delish, and I am still trying to track down the name!
On day three we decided to do a bike tour. We found Fat Tire Bike Tours and zoomed all across the city. This tour although terrifying was a lot of fun. If you are not a good biker, I wouldn’t recommend this. We rode most of the time side by side with cars which can be daunting. We hit up the big spots in the bike tour like the Cascada waterfall, Gaudi creations, and La Cathedral.
Bike tours are a great way to see a new city in a short amount of time.
After fueling up on some tapas and shopping we headed to Park Güell. Entrance to the vast park is free, but to visit the Gaudi monuments, you must buy tickets. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to enter as the tickets were all sold out. So I would highly suggest you get them in advance.
Always the optimist we decided to wander around the beautiful park.
For dinner, we had the most epic tapas experiences at Tapas 24. After about a 40-minute wait, which was easier with some aperitifs, we got to truly experience tapas. We feasted trying several different dishes each amazing.
Tapas 24 is must when visiting Barcelona!
Our last day in Barcelona was both sad and exciting as we packed up for Lisbon. We had breakfast at Espai Joliu which is literally the cutest plant, concept cafe. Being in there you just want to lounge all day. I had some time to kill so I had planned on visiting the Picasso Museum but ended up at the Museum of World Cultures. Which had some of the most beautiful artifacts I’ve seen. There is so much to see and more on top sightseeing places in Bareclona here.
Shortly after we boarded a flight headed to Lisbon!