Travelling Solo - Barcelona

You may have noticed my blog has been pretty quiet recently. That's because the past few months have been pretty tough. If you are a regular reader/follower of mine you will know that I got engaged at the start of the year, but sadly that didn't work out. So I am now single and that was pretty hard to digest at 30 years old. I wanted to get away and have some time to myself but unlike most 'normal' people I didn't just cry and shut myself away watching Bridget Jones (even though I bloody love that film), I wanted to take it one step further (typical me), and I decided to take myself off for a mini break to Barcelona.....on my own.

First holiday ever, all by myself.

My friends kept saying to me "You are so brave", "You are so strong" but I didn't feel like that, I just wanted to escape normality for a bit, and you know what, it was one of the best, most liberating and fun experiences EVER! I am officially in LOVE with Barcelona and can't wait to go back!

So I thought I would share my little trip with you, as I think it's an amazing city to visit, with or without a companion.....

First of all, the flight is literally 2 hours from Manchester and they cost me around £100 via Skyscanner.

I got to the airport had a glass, few glasses of wine and it was time to board.

When I arrived in Barcelona, my transfer was waiting for me. I used Sun Transfers and they were super efficient, drivers at both ends were really kind and friendly - hence the (tipsy) selfie! It took around 20 minutes to get to central Barcelona and cost no more than £25.

I checked into my hotel, which was Park Hotel in the absolutely stunning Gothic Quarter (I didn't find out how gorgeous it was until the next day as when I arrived I was half drunk and it was the evening) . I would 100% recommend staying in this area as it's a lot more authentic and prettier than the city centre of Barcelona which is still beautiful but more 'touristy'.

My first night consisted of going for a 'quiet drink' which turned in to me coming across a Catalonian Festival (I had no idea this was taking place, imagine, 1,000's of people in one place, drinking and carrying fire torches - yes, it was insane but an incredible way to start my trip). I managed to make a lot of friends and get myself back to the hotel safely. 

I was not letting any hangover ruin my holiday so I was up at 6:00am the next day ready to explore.....

A 5 minute walk away from my hotel was the most beautiful, and iconic park in Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella (Ciutadella Park), this is where the zoo is and the most beautiful architecture too! I was lucky enough to be there early and wonder round with not a single soul in sight.

This is probably one of the most peaceful, beautiful and magical places I have ever been too - I loved it. And I have been too many nice places! 

I decided to walk everywhere because I was so taken aback by how much you could see on foot. If that's not your thing though, you can jump any bus and go all over the city for super cheap, it's a really popular way to get around (more info about the bus routes and prices HERE). But because I was on my own I wanted to wonder around aimlessly. 

I eventually found the beach/harbour, after many wrong turns, even with Google Maps, but that's all part of the fun right?

Barcelona has everything! It's an amazing city but also is right on the beach too! Best of both worlds!

That night I went out on my own thinking I would be sat people watching, instead I made loads of friends, everyone was so lovely and up for chat.....and many drinks! I met two journalists from The Mirror and The Sun, they were so friendly and we had an absolute blast drinking a lot of cocktails!

*insert bad quality and drunk picture below*

The day after this heavy night, I wanted to make the most of sight seeing, and be a proper tourist. So I visited the famous Sagrida Familia.
"The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí."
I would highly recommend booking a ticket in advance as I arrived thinking I could just walk in, but that was not the case! No tickets were left when I got there which I was gutted about but it is beautiful to see from the outside anyway! The picture below does not do it justice!

And also a MUST VISIT place is the famous La Boqueria market. It is the most insane, buzzing and delicious place I have ever been too! The atmosphere is something else, people absolutely everywhere, with all sorts of Spanish delights to try. I sat at a little market stall in the middle of the market, where they cook fresh tapas dishes in minutes and throw them out left, right and centre. I obviously had to have Potatas Bravas washed down with a Sangria!

When I left the food market I stumbled across the Museu Eròtic de Barcelona, an erotic museum! I was straight in there, standard Em behaviour! It cost 10 Euro to get in and it was not only entertaining but actually quite educational too! I laughed so much and left with some very interested photos!

The streets of Barcelona are just incredibly beautiful, independent shops, cafes and bars wherever you look and the buildings are just perfectly unique. I could have spent so much more time here just wondering around aimlessly but I will definitely be going back.

This trip (and Barcelona) will forever be special to me as it was the first time, probably in my life, that I realised I could do and achieve anything I wanted to, and that I was as strong and brave as everyone had said to me. As someone who used to suffer with terrible anxiety this was a huge achievement and I felt very empowered and confident by doing it. I would highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something, or anything, for just yourself, if I can do it, anyone can!

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein



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