europe: barcelona, spain


Paris - Montpellier - Marrakech/Sahara - Barcelona - Amsterdam/Rotterdam


Barcelona! Who hasn’t heard of that song this year? The city of the genius/madman Gaudi, sun, beach, good weather, shopping, mascarpone croissant, and sangria! Just thinking of it makes me want to go back there! Can you hear me in all my exclamation points?!

In Barcelona, it’s impossible to feel alone. It’s a hub of young, female, solo travelers like me (well at least all my roommates were), and everyone was warm and that friendly vibe was so homey. It is energetic and wistful at the same time. It’s impossible not to have a great time in this city! I actually had a hard time saying goodbye to it!

Flights
Booked multiple destination flights via Skyscanner which led me to Kiwi.com for the cheapest fares. Flew from Marrakech to Casablanca in Morocco and from Casablanca to Barcelona both via Royal Air Maroc. Seats are good for short people! 😊

Transportation
Pre-booked airport roundtrip transfers via Aerobus (EUR10.20)
Pre-booked a 2 day travel card via Barcelona Smart Moving (EUR13). However I didn’t use it much cos I got the free walking tours!

Accommodation
Booked a bed in a 6-bed female room at St. Christopher’s Inn Barcelona through Agoda. Very good location (just a 5 minute walk from Placa Catalunya), clean enough, cool staff, and good on the pocket! Just remember to bring a big padlock for your locker although they have it there for EUR6.

Walking Tours
Since I stayed at a youth hostel, I was offered to join the free walking tour upon check-in. A guide picked us up at 9AM and we met in a plaza with the others. It was a tour around the Gothic Quarter and our memorable, excited, so-not-boring guide Naomi of Sandeman’s made sure we had a good learning time! It lasted for around 2.5 hours but didn’t feel like it.

Emma who I met in the hostel and I booked the Modernism Tour (EUR14) afterwards which featured Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the houses he was commissioned in the afternoon. Certainly enjoyed the tour with our beautiful guide Filipa!

Free Day
I spent my second day with Ana who’s a local photographer. We took photos together around the Gothic Quarter and hung out at Barceloneta Beach. You can see our photos here!

I spent the afternoon at Park Guell where the upper deck was currently under renovation.

Shopping
Bershka, Stradivarius, Parfois – the Spanish brands that I love are all here of course! Same prices when you convert to Philippine Peso but c’mon, it’s still from Spain! 😋

Food!
You MUST NOT MISS the mascarpone croissant at Pasteleria Hofmann! It's the best ever! (And it's weird cos I found the best croissant not in Paris 😆)

This city has rivaled with Amsterdam in my heart. Can’t wait to go back! And as I always say, thank you Barcelona for your warmth!

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Here's the photo shoot in Barcelona
Viva Barcelona

Travel video below!

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WIth Naomi (Watts haha) our free walking tour guide around the Gothic Quarter
Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala

At the Block of Discord
My favorite Gaudi piece - Casa Batllo
Our beautiful guide Filipa
Casa Amatller - where you can buy crazy good chocolates!
Passion Facade of La Sagrada Familia

The Nativity Facade by the famous Gaudi
Walking around in search for this cafe recommended by Carlos the Shrimp Man 😋
Catedral de Barcelona
At Gothic Quarter
Barceloneta Beach
Parc Guell

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