Don’t Travel Like a Local, Become a Local in Barcelona

November 23, 2016
One of my favorite activities when I travel, is observing locals and their way of life. Especially big vibrant cities are like the stage with countless movies going on at the same time. The introverted part of me enjoys being surrounded by people without interacting with them much. From time to time I prefer to stay in the anonymity big cities promise us, and get inspired only by watching others from the distance.

Each city has its own pace and character and we don’t get to know it by just visiting or sightseeing. Nothing compares to the walk around the city with no rush, little aimlessly, absorbing the specific energy only this city has.




In Barcelona, I’d spent plenty of time discovering new streets and corners, and, especially, watching people in different situations, doing all sorts of activities. The photos I share with you here I captured one Sunday, going slowly from my airbnb home to the beach. I took a book with me, but didn’t even open it. I was too busy by all the stories of the Barcelona people around me.

The Barceloneta area of Barcelona, located by the beach, is my favorite place to spend a free afternoon. Well, not only mine.  If you want to feel the spirit of this city, I believe you should go there. Citizens of Barcelona are very outdoorsy, even in winter time, typically driving skateboard, bike or scooter, unless they surf or relax on the numerous terraces.




The next step from being an observer, is to become a part of it all. Being not only a visitor, but rather one of THEM. I didn’t go so far to step on the skateboard, but I did enjoy the relax on the beach and a glass of wine at one of the terraces, feeling like home. Without any worries for I should hurry to follow all the trip advisor’s tips. For me, this is what “travel like a local” really means.

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© Photos –  Daniela Rifai

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  • Reply your only Lucia November 24, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Danka, I love this article. The sun and the light are even romantic! It looks very peaceful. It makes me wanna hug you! Sending love from Van City.

    • Reply Daniela November 24, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you my dear! I thought you would like this one. ? I know you a bit!

      Hugs and kisses from home!


  • Reply Marta December 5, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Barcelona is a dream! One of my favorite cities 🙂

    • Reply Daniela December 7, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you Marta! 🙂


  • Reply Shannon December 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Gorgeous photos, you really captured a different side of Barcelona you don’t usually see in most photos. It looks really slow & peaceful here.


    • Reply Daniela December 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you Shannon! It really is like that in Barcelona.


  • Reply Fariha December 7, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    “Big vibrant cities are like the stage with countless movies going on at the same time.” Such a beautiful and true statement. That’s exactly why I travel to big cities, because I’m looking for that excitement, those countless fascinating movies. Your photos of Barcelona are beautiful and really make me want to set out for a trip there soon! Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful post. I love the way you described the streets of Barcelona.

    Fariha | Blog

    • Reply Daniela December 7, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you Fariha for stopping by! You really made my day with your very kind comment!
      Sending hugs!


  • Reply Jessica December 8, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Barcelona! Your pictures are amazing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

    • Reply Daniela December 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! I hope you go to Barcelona soon. 🙂


  • Reply elifnaz December 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Amazing pics!


    • Reply Daniela December 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you! 🙂


  • Reply Jade December 11, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    beeeeeautiful!!! love the sunset and palm trees. what a trip huh?

    Jade –

    • Reply Daniela December 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you very much Jade! 🙂


  • Reply Noma December 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Awesome post! I really enjoyed your wriitng and gorgeous photos. 🙂

    XoXo Noma

    • Reply Daniela December 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much Noma! I’m so happy you liked it!


  • Reply Jen December 13, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Amazing pictures! You have an amazing eye, Barcelona is one of my favorites cities ♥


    • Reply Daniela December 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Jen! <3



  • Reply Renia Jaz January 10, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    You take some amazing photos!! I will be visiting you regularly!
    I LOVE your blog!!


  • Reply Jade Meneguel January 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    SO INSPIRING!! I wish I have the time to go to Barcelona this year. It’s on my top list. Thanks for sharing your tips! <3
    awesome pictures as usual!

    – Jade

  • Reply Charlotte January 23, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Thank you for the travel diary of the trip, amazing shots! But most importantly I think you captured the essence of Barcelona <3


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