On our first day of the trip I made the journey from London Luton to Barcelona Airport, where I met Jess from Gap Year Guru. We jumped in a taxi and headed to the Port of Barcelona, before checking in to Crown Princess. Our plan for the day in Barcelona was to explore La Rambla, head to the Gothic Quarter and then join a Barcelona Cookery Class for the evening!
Firstly we headed to the Columbus Monument at the northern tip of the city, and then we slowly wandered down La Rambla, taking in all the sights and smells surrounding us.
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Top things to do in Barcelona
Sagrada Família – Antoni Gaudí’s renowned unfinished church, started in the 1880s, with museum and city views.
Park Güell – Mosaic-covered buildings, steps & sculptures in verdant park with Gaudi museum & panoramic views.
La Rambla, Barcelona – Famed tree-lined pedestrian walkway known for historic buildings, shops & often street festivals.
Gothic Quarter, Barcelona – The charming Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, has narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants. The Museu d’Història de Barcelona shows remains of the Roman city
Casa Batlló – Fantastical, curving dragon-roofed apartment block, now a museum, created by architect Antoni Gaudi.
Montjuïc – Historic site on a hill with a cable car, harbor views & a park with a castle & museums.
Plaça de Catalunya – Central, tree-lined, sculpture-filled square lined with shops & cafes, used for special events.
La Barceloneta – Locals head to the seaside neighborhood of La Barceloneta to surf and sunbathe on Sant Sebastià Beach, and to dine out at al fresco seafood restaurants and traditional tapas bars. Posh yachts
La Boqueria – Famous indoor public market with meat, produce, cheese & an array of other food in a bustling space.
Camp Nou – Home ground for famous Barcelona football club, with regular matches plus stadium tours and museum.
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La Rambla was as busy as I remember it, with people everywhere. After a short stroll we crossed the road away from La Rambla in to the Gothic Quarter, where the architecture changed dramatically. The buildings became beautiful yet moody, mostly with brown shutters adorning their windows.
Once we had explored the square, we were led in to a building and up some stairs where we were welcomed by sisters Angeles & Carmen, who run the wonderful cookery school Foodie Experience Barcelona. For three hours the wonderful sisters told us all about Spanish cuisine, and then taught us how to make Paella, Spanish Omelette, Catalan Cream and Sangria, as well as a lactose-free pudding! It was such a wonderful way to start the holiday and I will be returning next time I am in the city!
After we’d finished being chefs we headed back to the port, and jumped onboard for our first sail away!
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I was onboard Princess Cruises Crown Princess cruise around the Mediterranean from Barcelona, Spain to Rome, Italy taking place over 7 Days | 4 Ports of Call. Staterooms start at £849.99. For more cruise deals click here.
This post has been created as part of a sponsored collaboration with Princess Cruises, however as always all views are my own.