Getting Lost In Barcelona – Day 2

Morning

On our first full day in Barcelona we decided to discover more about the person that essentially developed Barcelona’s image, Antoni Gaudi.

We started off visiting Palau Guell which was on the same street as the hotel we were staying at. This one one of the first buildings Gaudi designed at the start of his lustrous career for the Guell family. This building is a town house like no other and definitely worth a visit! Unlike his later designs this particular building is more Gothic and far less whimsical than the likes of Casa Batllo, La Pedrera and Parc Guell.

(Entry for this attraction is 12 euros or 9 euros for discounted entry such as students!)

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After visiting our first Gaudi building we continued the theme of the day by taking the metro to Casa Batllo. The first thing we noticed was how different the vibe was at this attraction. Not only was the building designed completely differently we also noticed that this attraction was far busier than the previous attraction.

We booked our tickets online to save time so we just walked to the entrance and got our tickets scanned than we were in! If you like all things weird and wonderful this attraction is for you. The tour is very clever as it involves an aspect of augmented reality through your phone-like device, that you are given as you begin the tour.

(Entry to this attraction is 23.50 euros and 20.50 for students if you book online!)

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Afternoon

When we left Casa Batllo we were surrounded by shops to explore, as woman of course we couldn’t resist checking some out. Including the Burberry bags we wish we could afford! Although ladies I would highly recommend this Spanish shop called OYSHO, it’s great for lingerie! 😉

After hopping in and out of the shops we sat down at a Spanish restaurant called Bo De Gracia. Again the tapas selection we choose was excellent and the Cava definitely wasn’t missed out!

Night

After exploring works of Antoni Gaudi we went back to the hotel to chill for a few hours before heading back out into the heat of the night. (At night it didn’t drop below 25 degrees!)

We headed up to Montjuic by funicular…not really to explore the area because we caught the amazing Magic Fountain show last time we visited but to ride down to the port on the cable car! It was well worth the journey up to Montjuic as the areal view of Barcelona was stunning.

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After landing in the Port area of Barceloneta we continued into the centre in search of a nice seafood restaurant. X marks the spot where this gem is! It is called 3 Nusos and we were attracted by the beautiful outdoor gazebo eating area covered in fairy lights (perfect for wining and dining your other half!).

Getting Lost In Barcelona – Day 1

Before you read this post I just want to inform you all that this is my 2nd time to this wonderful city! Therefore this blog will show that this time I focused on some of the secondary sites, instead of the main ones, such as the magnificent Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell.

Barcelona is a city like no other, this European city has such an original vibe which makes the city come to life! With the laid back locals mixed in with the tourists, the oldy-worldy gothic quaters and of course the surreal Gaudi architecture makes this city unique.

To make it easier to read I will write 4 posts about my time in Barcelona!

Morning

We arrived in Barcelona at around 11am local time and quickly jumped in a taxi to our hotel which was called Hotel Onix Liceo.

We weren’t supposed to check in until 3pm but luckily our room was available when we arrived. The hotel was excellent. It was clean, modern, had friendly staff, was located just off Las Ramblas and had an outdoor pool. We only booked the hotel a few weeks before we departed and managed to get a good deal for this 4* hotel on Opodo.

After freshening up in our room we decided to dive straight into what Barcelona has to offer. We were really lucky to be in such a central location which made it an everyday occurrence to stroll down the famous street known as Las Ramblas. Our first destination we headed to was the area known as El Born which was home to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. This church was well worth a visit, we took part in the guided tour that took you up to the roof of the church. What a view from the inside and out!

We took the metro from the station closest to us which was Liceu and got off the metro at the stop Passeig de Gràcia. However we did have to change lines to get to our destination which was Jaume 1. The metro is a great way to get around the city. I would recommend buying a ticket that allows 10 journeys as it is only 9 euros.

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Afternoon

After our climb up to the roof we exited the church in search of some traditional tapas and we weren’t disappointed. If you are in the area make sure to visit Bubo for some tapas and cava sangria! This is definitely one to remember if you want tapas with an outstanding view.

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After you are finished your tapas lunch I would recommend spending some more time getting lost in the streets of El Born as there are some quirky bars and little boutique shops hiding in between the city walls.

When visiting Barcelona in August you will most definitely get hot and sticky so it’s important to drink plenty of fluids (sangria , water, cocktails 😉 ) in addition to seek shade for at least a couple of hours a day! We we would always head back to the hotel at around 4pm for a couple of hours to chill and get rejuvenated again before heading back out.

Night

As it was our first night in the city we opted to dine somewhere local just off Las Ramblas. However, you are spoilt for choice in this city as the number of restaurants available is astonishing! One thing to bare in mind though is obviously the nearer you get to Las Ramblas the more expensive the restaurant is likely to be! The restaurant we wondered into was called Julivert Meu which is a traditional family run restaurant. The restaurant stretches back further than you would expect and has a lovely tavern-like vibe.