Wool Coat: J. Crew | Turtleneck: Zara | Denim Dress: Dorothy Perkins | Sunnies: Prada | Bag: Givenchy | Flats: Ferragamo | Earrings: Bvlgari | Two-strand Gold Necklace
The photos above are from the second day of my 5-day trip to Barcelona. To read the first part of this series, check out my entry entitled: Viva Barcelona.
Now, I’m going to share with you some Barcelona travel hacks in case you’re planning to visit this beautiful city anytime soon. Off-hand, Barcelona is very tourist-friendly so if you have a destination bucket-list, do include this. Barcelona, as a city, is well-balanced–it’s both cultural and cosmopolitan. Here are some things to keep in mind though:
- Commute – Cabs in Barcelona cost an arm and a leg as I mentioned in my previous post. The best way to go around the city is to take the subway or the bus.
- Comfy Shoes – Barcelona is the type of city that you want to take in visually. Every single alley, every single architecture is rich with history. If you walk around the streets of Passeig de Gracia, the shopping district, you will get to see a few of Gaudi’s works.
- Wifi – Barcelona is a smart city so a lot of their main avenues allow for people to sign up for free wifi. Otherwise, just sit in a cafe and ask for the wifi password if you want to stay connected (data roaming sets you back by 500 bucks/day). Better yet, leave your phone in your bag.
- Photos – The city is picturesque. Each corner of the city serves as a photogenic backdrop with its eclectic mix of Mediterranean architecture or street art.
- Go far – Just because you’re staying in the city, doesn’t mean you can’t go and explore places nearby. The photos in this trip were mostly from the outskirts of Barcelona, a place called Sitges. It is Barcelona’s equivalent to the Hampton’s, for the lack of reference. You can also opt to visit Monserat (something I didn’t do unfortunately). Everything is just a train ride away.
Also, sunglasses. Sunnies are a must in Barcelona as Barcelona is another sunny city. This is something I’ve been told constantly by the locals.
This was our neighbourhood–at the time, we lived in Carrer Nicaragua–which was 5 minutes away from Diagonal, and 10 minutes away from Passeig de Gracia.
The reason why I compared Sitges to Hamptons is because this is where the wealthy Catalans build their beach houses. Since we went during spring, not a lot of people were swimming but during summertime, people from the city would literally catch the train in bikinis or wet towels for a quick out-of-town trip.
Surprisingly, Sitges wasn’t boring and residential. It had its on tiny museum, a church you could visit, and stronger Mediterranean influence on its architectures.
A little later in the afternoon, when we headed back to the city, we went straight to Las Arenas–which is an old bull fighting rink transformed into a mall. Bullfighting was banned in Barcelona since 2010–though it is still rampant in other Spanish provinces.
Beside it is one of the palaces of Maria Cristina.