Favorite Moments From a Third Visit To Barcelona

The Thing About Barcelona: Memories From A Third Visit

I didn’t know much about the world. My first trip abroad to Paris opened my eyes, but it was the trips that followed that truly made me curious about discovering new places. In fact, the first time I’d heard about the city I would later fall in love with I asked why should we go there of all places. Even now, a month after I returned from my third visit, I still don’t know what to say if someone asked me why visit Barcelona. I could say that it’s a beautiful city with gorgeous architecture, but so is Rome. I could say it’s a city where it’s impossible to be bored, but so is London. I could try to describe the way I feel every time I visit but that wouldn’t be too helpful, would it?

I struggled a lot to write this post. Mainly due to work taking all my time and energy, but also because I didn’t know how to put in words a trip that made me look back and see how much I’ve changed and grown since the first time I visited Barcelona. A trip that was both spontaneous and planned. A trip where I felt the need to splurge, while still being budget conscious. A trip where I visited new places and revisited old ones I’ve loved. A trip when I didn’t care it was cloudy, rainy or chilly. Because I was in Barcelona and for a few days, nothing else mattered. So here are some of my favorite moments from this trip…

Having drinks with a view

‘View’ was the watchword of this trip. In addition to having an apartment with a view, I also wanted to celebrate my birthday with cocktails in a fancy place….with a view. That’s how I found Eclipse, a sky bar at the top of the W hotel on the beach. I only wish we had gotten there earlier, as the view would have been much better at sunset. Although we went for cocktails, I ended up with what turned to be my signature drink on this trip. A glass of Cava. Okay, more than one actually. The bar was full of people and you could easily see why, the drinks and the food were great and the view was amazing.

Revisiting Sagrada Familia

The first time I visited Sagrada I remember there was a lot of dust in the air and my allergies didn’t let me enjoy it as much as I was supposed to, so I was determined to see how much it has changed since. We had tickets for a certain time but we first stopped to eat at an Italian restaurant across the street because we were starving. I know, I know, restaurants near main attractions are supposed to be bad, but this one was quite good. That or we were too hungry to care. No, it was really good. Chugging down a glass of Cava and eating the last slice of pizza we rushed to the entrance and we were there right on time. For the towers however we had about an hour to kill so I got to sit and look at all the details and sculptures. I was fascinated by the ceiling and the way the light reflected through the stained glass. It truly is a marvelous construction, one that you definitely need to see in your lifetime. The towers however…not worth your time and money, you wait a long time for the elevator and the view from the top isn’t all that great.

Wandering in the city

As we were traveling with a couple of friends who haven’t been to Barcelona before, we wanted to show them a lot of places. So we ended up walking more than our feet were used to. We’ve seen a lot of the city’s most beautiful places, we stopped at cozy cafes and got lost on the streets of Barri Gotic. For me, it was nice to see familiar spots, but still explore new areas, like Bunker del Carmel that offers spectacular views over the city. Sadly though, it was cloudy when we visited, the view would have been even more stunning on a clear day. There were a lot of other places that I wanted to visit and revisit, but with limited time, I don’t mind that I didn’t get to them, I was happy I was there. It’s not like I won’t go back to Barcelona at some point ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eating delicious food at Barcelona’s best restaurants

Saving the best for last. One thing I knew I wanted to do in Barcelona was eat at great restaurants. Like I said before, it was my birthday trip and I wanted to splurge a little. When I found Viana, the second highest rated restaurant in the city on TripAdvisor, I immediately knew we had to go there and everyone agreed. There are only a few tables so a reservation is a must, but we didn’t know that. However, we were lucky because someone didn’t show up and we got their table. They open in the evening and while I’m not one to usually have dinner at 11 PM, everything from the food and the drinks to the atmosphere were just perfect. The friendly waiter recommended us a restaurant in El Raval for lunch the next day called Cera 23. It felt like a replay of the previous night (we even ordered the same drinks!), but we didn’t mind, because it was perfect once again. We didn’t have much time to eat before rushing back to finish packing and leave for the airport so we arrived at the restaurant minutes before it opened, it was a strange feeling, haha. Both restaurants deserve a special post so stay tuned for my next one.

Have you ever visited Barcelona? What was your favorite moment?

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  • I just had breakfast but those food photos made me hungry again. Lovely dishes! And the skybar also looks awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ Bookmarked, for a (hopefully near-)future visit! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I had a lot more food photos which I’ll share soon. I’ll warn you to eat before reading, haha.

  • Barcelona and I didnt click, but I do love Barrio Gotico. When will Sagrada be finished? Maybe THEN I will revisit the city ๐Ÿ™‚ Hapyy Birthday!

    • Well then you should plan a visit for 2026 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ohhhh the food, the food… already a great reason to visit Barcelona.
    Great view of the bar indeed, and the restaurant sounds awesome. I see that you celebrated your birthday in style, you totally deserve it. I hope had an awesome time. I was in Brazil on your birthday and didnt even wish you happy birthday! I have to save it on my calendar ๐Ÿ˜€

    • No worries, thanks! Yes, I wanted to go only to the best places, haha. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • It’s great you got to see the inside of La Sagrada Familia – when I was there several years ago it was still undergoing construction works and visitors could only admire it from the distance… I definitely need to revisit Barcelona to see the inside of this amazing cathedral!

    • I can only imagine how gorgeous it’s going to be when it’s finished. You definitely need to go back and see it on the inside ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What a fantastic trip – my only trip to Barcelona was a bit of a disaster, although not the city’s fault (rain plus my husband got a bad bug). I still loved it and keep meaning to go back and appreciate it properly, especially all that food! Thanks for joining up to #citytripping

    • The second time I visited I was there for only a couple of days and the first day it rained SO much that I was all wet even though I had an umbrella. Hope you can revisit and make better memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love Barcelona, although I’ve only been once. My favourite was probably finding the beach. I don’t think I’d ever seen a beach in such a built up city. But just wandering around and experiencing everything was wonderful.

    • I loved wandering in the city and chilling on the beach. I found the beach in Valencia better, it’s a lot more quiet. But what I liked about the one in Barcelona was how close to the city center it is ๐Ÿ™‚

  • great photos! I’ve been only once, but years ago:) # the weekly postcard

    • Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Europe Diaries

    That’s cool! I also went to W hotel and checked out the place..but could not go back to enjoy a drink at Eclipse..perhaps another time:) And need to go inside Sagrada too,when it isn’t too crowded

    • They only let a limited number of people inside at a given hour, so it’s not too crowded, you can enjoy it at your own pace ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am glad you enjoyed your time in Barcelona. I still have to organize my photos from when I visited last month. There is too much to see in Barcelona. We were there four days (without doing any day trips) and we weren’t able to see everything I wanted. Al least, I was able to see more than what I saw the first time I visited. Have to take some recommendations from this post for the next time.

    • Can’t wait to see your photos from Barcelona, I’m happy you had a great time ๐Ÿ˜€ There still are places in Barcelona that I would love to visit or revisit, so I’m sure I’ll go back for the 4th time.

  • Wander Mum

    Barcelona is fabulous – for all the reasons you have explained and more. Glad you had a fantastic birthday. Fabulous view from your apartment and I’m so with you on the cava – no need to drink anything else. Well, maybe water ! Thank you for linking to #citytripping

    • I had the best cava at the Eclipse bar, but I can’t remember what it was called. The one I found in stores at home isn’t nearly as good ๐Ÿ™

      • Wander Mum

        Very true – it just tastes better in Spain

  • I agree with you, Vlad, Barcelona is so beautiful! No matter how many times I visit this city I still want to come back for more. There is so much to see and do there. Your beautiful pictures caught the atmosphere of this place so well.

    • Thank you Anda, I’m glad you love Barcelona as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh I found this wonderful cocktail bar and it was in art deco style and the waiters were still wearing the uniforms from the 1940s – It was just off Las Ramblas. I also ate my weight in paella! Love Barcelona and can see why you’ve returned again and again. I am going to say that I’ve been back to Madrid more, but that’s a personal choice – the vibe is different. #weeklypostcard

    • I’ve never been to Madrid and every time I see a post about it, it makes me want to book a flight right then, haha. Hope I can go soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I’ve never been to Barcelona but have heard from many people how beautiful it is. Your photos certainly confirm those opinions!

    • Thank you, I hope you can visit Barcelona one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anisa Alhilali

    I want to go back to Barcelona especially to see how la Sagrada Famila has progressed.

    • I’m hoping to go again soon – maybe see Sagrada when it’s finished, though that’s another 10 years from now. Will definitely go a few times before that too, haha

  • OMG, I hope my second or third time back to Barcelona one day looks as amazing as your trip did! My first time was all about partying during Christmas! I saw a lot but I didn’t see a lot at the same time! I reallly want to go back and do it again!

    • I can never get enough of Barcelona, even though I’ve seen a lot of its most iconic places, I’m always thinking about going back, haha.

  • Corinne Vail

    Oh how I love Barcelona…for all the reasons above. I love it.

    • It’s an amazing city, isn’t it?

  • I need reasons to like Barcelona? Say it isn’t so! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would really like to go back because we weren’t able to fit Parc Guell into our schedule and didn’t spend nearly enough time in Barri Gotic.

    It’s funny how a certain place can capture your heart, even when you can’t quite figure out why. Maybe it’s the character of the people as much as the city itself. I’m glad you’ve found a place that’s so special to you, and that you were able to celebrate your birthday there.

    • I actually celebrated three birthdays there (though the first time I was there, I went to Montserrat for a day trip). Parc Guell is amazing, I’ve always wanted to see it at sunrise or sunset, when there are fewer people around.

  • Cava is a perfectly good (and very local) choice of drink for Barcelona – completely appropriate, I think! I like revisiting places too – it’s like meeting an old friend and seeing how they’ve changed since you last met. Sagrada Familia looks incredible. Thanks for the tip about the towers!

    • I loved Cava, I could use a glass or two right now ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Why visit Barcelona? Unique is one word that comes to mind. Sure, there is great architecture in a lot of places, and great food, and people, and history…but none of them are Barcelona. Roman ruins, English castles…you will find them in many places. You won’t find another Barcelona anywhere. And yeah, you will fall in love. Can’t wait to go back!

    • Couldn’t have said it better, Barcelona is such a unique place! <3