June 12, 2019
June 12, 2019
A while back I posted an overview of our 3 months in Europe, and while that was definitely not a short post, I feel like I have so much more to share about my favorite places. So here’s the first in a series, an overview of one of my favorites, Barcelona.
Length of stay: one week (September 21-28)
Favorite activity: watching the correfoc (fire run) as part of La Merce Festival
Favorite meal: all of the paella and sangria at La Cuina de Laietana
I’ve been to Barcelona twice now, once while studying abroad in college and on our recent trip through Europe, and it is still my favorite city all around. It has basically everything I love in a city from the beach, to the amazing food, and the unique architecture. The city has this positive energy that somehow strikes the perfect balance between fun and relaxing. There’s always so much to see and do (into all hours of the night/morning), but you can also simply sip sangria by the beach and just enjoy each other’s company.
That energetic spirit was especially alive the week we were visiting, since we happened to be there during La Merce Festival, a week in September honoring the Patron Saint of Barcelona and closing out summer in a big way. All day and night there were events throughout the streets, most interesting of which was the correfoc (fire run). This was the craziest parade I’ve ever seen, where parade walkers basically threw giant sparkler/firework-esque flames into the air and sometimes the crowd.
Between the festival and the perfect weather, September was an ideal time to visit. Every day we enjoyed time walking through the markets and parks, admiring the Gaudí architecture, and chatting by the pool or beach with some sangria (seriously, drink all the sangria you can because it’s just not the same in the States).