What I loved most about my time in Barcelona was that I had no plans, and I was able to let the city take me completely by storm. This is my favorite form of travel – no expectations and no schedules. I knew I’d love the city, but I didn’t want to have a set plan, I just wanted to spend my few days wandering around Barcelona.
Of course, I wanted to see what most people come to the city for, but I wanted to see it my way. Instead of planning a tour, which I occasionally do, I walked out of my GowithOh apartment, located in Gràcia, and headed left with no real plans for my first full day.
It would probably have been wise to use public transportation and make the most of my short stay, but there’s something special about wandering that gives a better depiction of a city. I was able to take in the sights, smells, and sounds, and let them lead me in the direction I wanted to go. I got lost in city streets, and with a few street signs for guidance, found my way to where I wanted to be. It was a beautiful day, and I wanted to take in everything.
I can’t say I missed out by not taking a tour, as I was able to take my time and really soak in the city. I started off shopping on Passeig de Gràcia, also making my way to some of Antoni Gaudí’s famous sites, then found myself in Plaça Catalunya.
La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
After more shopping in the narrow side streets, I wound up in Las Ramblas, eventually making my way to Port Vell. Even though I was alone, I never felt that way, the city was full of life.
After walking all the way down to the marina, stopping for a lunch of sangria and tapas along the way, I decided to head back and stop in any other places I had passed earlier in the day; that included a palm tree filled square and a crowded market.
From there, I had originally planned on taking public transport back, but the day was too beautiful to allow it. Instead, I headed back the way I came, occasionally taking a detour to stop in a shop or take a photo. It was the perfect day and at the end of it, I was able to enjoy a glass of Spanish wine on my balcony.
Wandering around Barcelona may not be for everyone, but as far as I’m concerned, the city is perfect for slow travel. I may not have had the time to have experienced it all, but walking around made me fall in love with the city on my own terms, and since there’s still so much for me to see, I’ll have to make a return trip, not that I mind. Considering how I felt about the city, I wouldn’t be surprised if that return is for a permanent stay in the city.