Last week the travel bug brought me to beautiful Barcelona, a fascinating city rich with culture. My favorite thing to do when I’m first in a new city is to wander around and check out the neighborhood. One thing I immediately noticed was that there was no shortage of places to eat or things to see. Barcelona is a great place to sip sangria, munch on tasty tapas and take in the sights at a sidewalk cafe.
My hotel was up the street from the Arenas de Barcelona. The 6-floor complex was a former bullring but is now a shopping and entertainment center. On the rooftop there are several restaurants and lounges, but the best part is the amazing 360 degree view of the city. I did some light shopping and also went to a flamenco show there which was very fun to watch.
I absolutely loved Barcelona’s architecture and wandering through the city’s narrow streets and squares
Barcelona has some great beaches and I decided to check out Barceloneta. I really liked the vibe of the beach as there is something going on everywhere you look. There are also some really nice clubs and bars on the far end. I went to a place called Shoko one evening and had a wonderful time. The food, drinks and atmosphere were great, there was live entertainment and there were masseuses there that gave super relaxing head and neck massages at the table. I would definitely recommend it.
I noticed tons of bike rental places so I rented an electric scooter and went for a joy ride up and down the boardwalk and through the nearby streets. Afterwards, I had lunch at one of the many cute restaurants overlooking the water.
Of course no trip to Barcelona is complete without checking out Las Ramblas, the long street running through historic downtown teeming with cafes, shops, street artists, souvenir stalls, art and more. Some parts were extremely crowded and bustling with people making it a bit difficult to walk through, but I quite enjoyed the liveliness.