The last time I went to Barcelona it was on a school trip where I was one of the English teachers looking after the secondary school kids who were Italian.
My role was to teach them to converse and use English in every day discussions. I met with each year once a week and we had some great debates. I used to look forward to teaching them, even when we had to cover Virginia Woolf and James Joyce where I could see them visibly lose interest and switch off. It was quite a challenge to keep them on track at times.
Of course the best part about teaching a foreign language is that you get to accompany the kids on school trips and I was really excited the year we went to Barcelona as I hadn’t been before.
We had a fabulous time and saw a lot of things during that time but I would LOVE to go back and see them all again.
Where to stay in Barcelona
I think a central location is best as it allows you to walk out the door and be in the midst of Barcelona and all that it has to offer. HCC hotels look like the perfect answer as they have a chain of hotels dotted around the centre, each one offering comfortable rooms and dining in their restaurants. I like that they have special family packages and connecting rooms available plus the prices are affordable too.
Barcelona sights I would revisit
Bus tour of the city
We had our own coach and therefore we were taken for a drive around the city and dropped off here and there for the various attractions. A great way to get around the large city and cover more ground.
La Sagrada Familia
Last time I didn’t get to enter but I would really love to. I love that this cathedral has two entirely different styles of architecture at either end.
This is outside the city but well worth the visit to the abbey. I have a wonderful memory of this place and there’s a room where people leave prayers with gifts, there were lots of parents thanking the Lord for the gift of their dearly desired child and leaving a first babygrow as a gift.
Just amazing, it’s like stepping into a fantasy world, the entire park has been decorated in a mosaic of colourful tiles. In fact the buildings in the centre of Barcelona by Gaudi are also well worth the visit.
Picasso Art museum
Mind blowing. I tend to forget these world known painters were children once and when I saw the fantastic oil paintings that Picasso made at the age of just 12 – 14 I was astounded. I came out of the Picasso museum even more passionate about art than before.
An amazingly wide street with a large central area dedicated to pedestrians where you can find kiosks and ‘human statues’ that are fascinating. Full of life and fun
Barcelona sights I have yet to discover
La Boqueria Food Market
The Magic Fountain
How did I miss this? I would love to see this at night when it’s all lit up and colourful
Montjuic by cable car
The sights must be fabulous and the walk back down enables you to see lots of other parts of Barcelona too.
Dali and Miro
Next time I go back I want to discover more of these two famous artists which we didn’t have time to see.
I took a look at the official Barcelona Tourism website and found lots of information on what to visit in Barcelona including themed routes and itineraries based on how many days you are in town. An invaluable resource