I cannot contain my excitement because in just four short days, I leave for a two week holiday in Barcelona!
Starting with an eight hour layover in Munich, we’ve decided to make use of our Schengen visa and leave the airport for a few hours to explore the city. After a couple of breakfast beers and no doubt a Bratwurst or two, we’ll head back to the airport and make our way to Barcelona.
So, why Barcelona?
Spain is arguably one of the best food destinations in the world and is home to seven out of the world’s fifty best restaurants, two of them in Barcelona.
It made perfect sense for someone who loves to eat, cook, talk and read about food as much as I do to visit one of the world’s most exciting food hubs.
Schengen Visa Application process:
If you’ve booked your trip with enough time to spare, you can go the long way around and apply online here or you can go through an agency like I did. While this is the more expensive option, the service is swift and I was granted my visa within four days. I’ll leave the details of the agency I used below.
- Fully completed and signed visa application form
- Two recently taken photos must be attached
- A valid passport
- Proof of financial means
- Travel insurance
- Proof of Accommodation
- Return flight itinerary
- Proof of paid visa fee – €60 for adults and €35 for children from 6 to 12 years old.
What I plan to do in Barcelona:
I’ve done research on some of the best things to do and see in Barcelona. There probably wont be enough time to get through the entire list between all the eating and drinking so I’ve compiled a summary below.
- Park Guell – a World Heritage Site boasting some of Antoni Gaudi’s most whimsical and colourful works
- La Sagrada Familia – the most famous of architect Antoni Gaudi’s buildings
- Casa Batlló – another one of Gaudi’s masterpieces
- Picasso Museum – houses one of the most extensive collections of twentieth-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso
- La Bouqeria market – a busy food market on La Ramblas street
- The Gothic Quarter – the centre of the old city of Barcelona
Aside from some of the culturally rich sight-seeing activities, I plan to consume as much tapas and Spanish wine as I possibly can!
Considering our trip was booked quite last minute, we managed to get some pretty good flights and accommodation deals on Expedia.
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