Five Senses: Barcelona

The best the Spanish city has to offer.
Shot of Hollandaise
 Our Five Senses series brings something to see, smell, taste, hear and touch in great places all over the world.  In this edition, we take you to one of the most vibrant and lively cities in all of Europe, Barcelona. 

See: The city light up after sunset by hiking Bunkers del Carmel

Barcelona is a charming city on foot, but getting a different perspective allows you to see the beauty that is Barcelona. On one side of the hill are the mountains and the residential neighborhoods, on the other is the ocean and the more famous areas of the city. It all comes alive at night. As soon as the sun sets, Barcelona comes alive, and stays alive until the sun rises.

An easy, half-hour hike up the hill to get spectacular views

An easy, half-hour hike up the hill to get spectacular views

Find out how to get there, here.

Smell: Toasted marshmallows from “Boy Scout Shots” at Espit Chupitos

Everyone knows Barcelona is another European city that doesn’t sleep, but one thing that makes it stand out even more is the literal “night life.” Dinner isn’t until after 8pm. Its meant to take a while and be enjoyed. Drinks follow, and the next thing you know you’re not “out” until well after midnight. If sugary shots set on fire isn’t for you, there’s something for everyone: La Xampanyeria, offering free tapas with bottles of champagne, L’Ovella Negra for the beer lovers, and plenty of “discotecs” if that’s more your style.

€2 shots, order the Monica Lewinsky, I dare you<span style="font-size: 16px;"> </span>

€2 shots, order the Monica Lewinsky, I dare you 

Taste: Eggs Benedict on a waffle at Travel & Cake

Travel & Cake is a sister restaurant to the more famous Brunch & Cake, offering the same delicious brunch specialties with less of a wait. The menu is filled with goodies from chocolate popcorn pancakes to eggs benedict on sweet waffles, and offering fresh squeezed orange juice, (“zumo” in Barcelona, pronounced “thumo”), lattes, and teas. Try and go early on a weekday to skip the touristy lines on the weekends. Even if there’s a wait, its well worth it.

Eggs Benedict done right

Eggs Benedict done right

Shot of Hollandaise

Check them out here.

Hear: The fountains near Barcelona’s Arc de Triumph at Parc de la Ciutadella

This park is a hidden gem within walking distance from La Rambla and offers a tranquil getaway from the touristy areas of the city. Here you can see the Arc, as everyone else is, but walk past the Arc and catch your breath. Here you can cool down under a tree, purchase €1 fresh juice from a local stand and relax with locals.

Taken midday in June, this park offers an escape from touristy areas of the city<span style="font-size: 16px;"> </span>

Taken midday in June, this park offers an escape from touristy areas of the city 

Find out more about the iconic park, here.

Touch: The pristine sands of the old town Sitges

This isn’t Barceloneta, but it still has great opportunities for people-watching. Located just 40 minutes south of Barcelona by direct train from Barcelona-Sants station, this is a great day-trip during the Spring or Summer. It’s a small town with picture-perfect white buildings, cobblestone streets and beachy vibes. It’s beaches are long stretches of soft sand and much less crowded than the man-made beaches of Barcelona. Bonus: This particular town is known to be especially LGBT friendly, and offers exceptionally good Indian food.

Pack some sunscreen and a towel, bathing suit optional

Pack some sunscreen and a towel, bathing suit optional

Tip: Go in June when there are flower murals lining the streets for the Corpus Christi Flower Festival

Tip: Go in June when there are flower murals lining the streets for the Corpus Christi Flower Festival

For train information click here.

 Have you been to Barcelona? What’s on your “do-not-miss” list?

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