So are you already planing your travels for 2020? Is Spain one of your dream destinations? Or are you just curious about what to do there for a short period of time? Then read ahead!
1. Rent a Car.
In case you enjoy nature more than cities and do not want to spend your days in the crowded city of Barcelona, you should rent a car. This will give you a chance to get to the mountains and enjoy the view from wherever your heart wants to. We used Centauro car rent that had fairly small prices and nice cars. But little did we know that the office is not located at the airport. You must take a shuttle. And it took us almost 3 hours just to stand in the line to get a car we had reserved and paid for in advance. So if you are looking for a cheap option – they are the choice for you. However, if you value your time over money – check the locations for car rents in advance. The ones located in the airport usually have shorter lines too.
2. Visit Montserrat.
If you want to stay close to Barcelona, but still wish to see some breathtaking sights – visit Montserrat. It is a 1-hour-drive away from Barcelona Airport. And it truly is worth to visit. It has many paths and many weirdly shaped mountain-tops. If you are looking for a more touristy place – you can find one too – with cable cars and the possibility to ski in winter. So this area works both ways – for nature lovers who enjoy some alone time and for ski and hiking enthusiasts.
3. Visit a small village.
Spain is one of those countries where you can find very authentic villages. With cute little houses and a population of 50 villagers or so. We did visit such a village called Llagunes. It only had 51 inhabitants (say whaaat?). They had no shops, but you could find several hostels to stay at. (This hostel was a very nice one) It is remote and gives you a chance to feel the freedom. We were lucky enough to be invited to a birthday party for some Catalonian boy. Yes, that is how friendly Catalonian people are. Just a heads-up for you: do never say that Spain and Catalan are the same. Never. Different cultures, different languages and loads of history there.
P.S. Mmmmm and the food is great indeed.
4. Enjoy the view without crowds.
If you are tired of crowds, driving around Catalonia and stopping at random places is what you need. They have many wonderful sights, mountains, rivers, lakes and cute little paths for walks. Great for photoshoots too (just saying..)
5. Wander around Barcelona.
So if you have had enough of nature and silence, it is time to wander around Barcelona. This city is full of everything. Very rich in culture, art, and colours. Many nice cafes and beautiful architecture. You wouldn’t get bored there. And you possibly would need a year (at least) to explore it completely. So if you have only a few days, a quick glance is what you could get.
6. Don’t chase instagrammamble spots.
Well.. I was very excited to see La Sagrada Família. But I guess it is not the nicest place to go when it is hot outside. Millions of people, soooo hot and well, it is under construction. We did not have time to go inside, but I do believe it is much more impressive from the inside. So if you have time, why not? Just maybe do yourself a favour and wake up at 5 in the morning to go there. So that the rest of the people would be asleep and you could have it all for yourself. My favourite sights in Barcelona were those not famous on Instagram.
I mean, 5 days is a very short time for Spain. It is so full of everything that you have to come back. And I guess that is the secret of Spain – once you visit – you cannot stop but wish to go back once more.
I ain’t a videographer, but here you can see a bit more of Spain:
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