When I think of the Costa Brava, Barcelona pops up into my mind. However, for some of the party people Lloret de Mar might pop up. I know I haven’t posted my fourth day in Barcelona, which was because I went to Lloret de Mar and didn’t bring my laptop. Anyway, as I already said before, Park Güell is a highlight of Barcelona. So, on the fourth day of my stay in Barcelona, we went to the park. The bus drive to Park Güell took a while, which was unexpected. I thought it was more close to the city centre. However, when we entered the park, I was amazed by its beauty. The park has a lot of ancient buildings, but also the buildings from Gaudí are there. I have to admit, I love the work Gaudí did. Besides the gorgeous architecture, the view from the top of Park Güell was amazing. You could literally see the entire city!
Close to Park Güell are the bunkers. The bunkers are not really known by tourists, which is a good thing, because it was already crowded by the locals. The bunkers are located even higher than Park Güell, and you can see both sides of the city, the city and the ‘ suburb’ . I watched the sunset at this place, which was amazing. I think it was one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen.
The weather on this day was sooo good, so I decided to put on, as optimistic as I am, a skirt. However, I didn’t want to be underdressed so I combined it with one of my favourite sweaters. Still, at the bunkers it was quite cold, but well, we gotta survive don’t we?
The next day I went to Lloret de Mar, because I had a fieldtrip of uni in that place. It was fun to see everyone again in another place than the Netherlands. We actually didn’t really do anything in Lloret than the usual. Our fieldtrip included other things such as a tour through the Costa Brava, visiting Girona, doing research in Besalú and of course, visiting Barcelona. On the first day we went on a bus tour through the Costa Brava, with various stops in different places. For example, we visited a cheesery and visited the lake of Banyoles. Besides that, we visited small villages like Monells and Santa Pau. Luckily, the weather on this day was the worst since I have been in Spain.
On the second day we went to Girona. At first I only knew the city of its airport, but the old city centre is lovely. Additionally, some might know the city by Game of Thrones (I don’t watch it). At first we went to the University of Girona, where we had an interesting, but boring lecture about stakeholders in Spain. I think this was actually one of the first lectures I was attending to this year. After the lecture, we had a guided tour through the old city centre. Of course everyone was looking forward to go to the building and stairs of Game of Thrones. The city of Girona has next to its old city centre, a very modern part.
On the third day we visited a small winery and tasted wine there. The winery was so cute and the wine tasted so good. It was so rich of flavours and it smelled so good! After the wine tasting (yep in the morning) we went for lunch in a famous holiday destination called Roses or in Catalán, Rosas. We had lunch at the beach which was filled with palm trees. In the afternoon we visited the museum of Dalí. I have to say, Mr. Dalí was an interesting man. Our guide showed us the way he saw things which was so interesting. He really thought of things in a different, somewhat strange, way which was extraordinary. Every artwork he made had an underlying meaning.
The schedule for the next day was Besalú, a small village in Catalunya. The village had so much histrory which was beautiful to see. The streets were narrow, barely any cars were driving there and the hills within the village created a good atmosphere around the place. To get to the village, you had to cross an old bridge. For me the most beautiful part of the village was that there were barely any tourists around. I think tourism destroys the unique atmosphere a place has, but in this case it was still there.
On Friday, the last day of our fieldtrip we went to my favourite city again. First we had free time to do whatever we wanted, which was obviously shopping and going for lunch. Around 1PM we had a bike tour through the city, which was so lovely. On our bike we visited both houses of Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia, El Arc de Triompf, the beach and the old city. Although, I already visited all of those places, it was still fun to do. The rules for cycling are way different than in The Netherlands so sometimes I just felt that the police were after us. After the bike tour I went to my friends place again, and here I am, enjoying my last few days in this beautiful, lovely city.