My Barcelona

By Andréa Di Lenardo

I’m a cabinet maker based in Geneva that’s also passionate about film and photography. I’ve travelled all over the world from South East Asia to Iceland to Central America but I’ve always wanted to see the Montserrat in Barcelona.

Andrea’s Steps

Three whole days in Barcelona, Spain


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Day 1

My girlfriend and I spent our  first morning in the gorgeous Castell de Montjuïc.  It is an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640, built on top of Montjuïc hill in Barcelona.

Promising breathtaking views over the city we took our time exploring the site and really enjoyed learning about the history of the Castell de Montjuïc. From here we decided on the parts of the city we wanted to explore in more detail over the next couple of days.

After coming down from the Castell de Montjuïc we headed to Sant Agusti Square and stumbled across the feast of Santa Rita. It had such a magnificent vibe, I really felt like we were seeing the authentic Barcelona.

People were selling roses and were queuing up in front of the church to offer flowers. The church Sant Agusti is a beautiful building and its architecture is amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Barcelona who is in search of an authentic Catalonian experience.

The atmosphere was very spiritual and reflective with very few tourists taking part in the feast, it was really a very local affair. I felt  lucky to stumble upon something so truly Catalonian.

After taking in some of the sights it was time to sample some of the local cuisine Barcelona is so famed for. We headed to the Gothic neighbourhood and found a tapas restaurant with a beautiful sun soaked terrace. It’s right by the cathedral so the views from the  terrace were wonderful.

We threw ourselves into the culture and sampled lots of the tapas dishes on offer. The animated happy atmosphere coupled with the beautiful weather and delicious food left us with a rose tinted view of the city after our first day.

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Day 2

On day two we couldn’t wait to hit the streets of Barcelona. Starting our exploration at the incredible covered market Boqueria St Joseph. Situated on the outskirts of the Gothic Quarter, this is without a doubt is one of the highlights of the city.

Here dishes are crafted using produce from the market. It’s a great place for breakfast. Just grab  a seat at the bar and work through the check-off menu, this indicates what you would like to order and quantity.  Alternatively, you can grab a juice or some fruit and wander around.


Rich in colour and taste; this market is a feast for both the eyes and the stomach and a must visit for all epicureans.

We left the the irresistible market for the more historical vibe of La Pedrera. With the richness of the art deco architecture and the tour ending on the impressive and beautiful roof terrace this really was an unmissable stop for us. I am not convinced the photos do it justice.

We loved basking in Gaudí’s masterpiece in the afternoon sun and appreciating every part of it. The light hitting the rest of the city really gave us a beautiful view of Barcelona too.

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Day 3

Wednesday morning saw my girlfriend  and I take a stroll through the Gothic Quarter with its narrow streets. The peaceful atmosphere, small cobbled streets and the living green facades of the buildings made this a perfect location for a morning stroll. This is a great neighbourhood to get lost in with your camera.

After exploring the beauty of the streets we stopped off to grab some churros and the famous hot chocolate; a delicious way to fuel up for the day!

From here we wandered over to Tibidabo Park. While it is located away from the city, it is definitely worth a visit and promises a great view and alternative perspective of Barcelona. We jumped on the cable car and rose the 500 metres above sea level to have an unobstructed view of Barcelona.

It is true that every attraction we have visited has offered us a different yet spectacular view of the city. I would  recommend going to the church of the Sacred Heart, as you can climb into the main tower and see another gorgeous view of the city from an elevated perspective. Especially with the wonderful weather we have been fortunate enough to experience, the clear sky gives you a view as far as the eye can see.


The final stop off for us today was the Gaudí masterpiece la sagrada familia famed as an unmistakable monument with its unusual details and impressive grandeur. Now, finally in its last stage of construction it felt like a special time to visit.

A fabulous place to end our trip and really reflect on the beauty we have seen over the past three days. The contrast of the beautiful architecture, beaches and gorgeous nature has left us with very fond memories of this Spanish city.


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