Getting Lost In Barcelona – Day 3

Morning

On our third day in Barcelona we decided to take things a bit slower as we appeared to be racking up the steps on our fitness trackers! After breakfast we headed back to the El Born region of the city by metro, to visit the Picasso museum and explore more of the boutique shops.

The Picasso museum was excellent, especially the student discount….entry was completely free! Also the general admission price was only 11 euros which is far more reasonable than the larger tourist hot-spots. Unfortunately photography was not allowed in the museum but I guess it’s better to have a look for yourself. My opinion of his masterpieces made me compare the experience to what may happen on an acid trip… but I can’t say i’m an art lover!

An art lover I may not be but I can definitively appreciate fine pieces of jewellery (not hinting..). I will give Joid’art a mention in here as I actually went away with a couple of items from the store! All the pieces are produced in Barcelona which I thought made them an extra special souvenir.

Afternoon

After enjoying our second time in El Born we journeyed back towards our hotel to cool off for a bit. On the way back we were mesmerised by the huge slices of pizza that you could buy by the slice for a couple of euros. In addition to our pizza stop we made one more detour before entering the hotel. We had no idea that Barcelona had so many patisseries, it was like being in France! Since arriving at the hotel we promised ourselves that we would give into temptation and visit the patisserie shop right next to the hotel (Patisseria La Estrella). Get the Red Velvet cake…it’ll be the best decision you make this holiday.

Lazing around the hotel courtyard area refreshed us enough to embark on a walk down to Barceloneta to head to the beach. Our memory greatly shortened the walk from Las Ramblas …it took us about an hour to get there (we were wearing stupid shoes but still!) Next time I would probably take a taxi from the bottom of Las Ramblas. The beach is again what makes this city so unique! It’s great that you can spend a day at the beach but still be on a city break. Although, as the beach is such a bonus it is VERY busy so don’t expect serenity! 10502238_805358276151300_7722972751872260732_n10525950_805356112818183_5696445545388885323_n

Night

I think from reading my blog by now you know i’m a huge foodie…..this meal merits as one of the best meals I have ever had! For our last night in this incredible city we wanted this dining experience to be something special and it was.  Los Caracoles is a family run 18th century restaurant in the heart of the Gothic district in Barcelona. It’s world renowned fame has people, including celebrities eager to give this place a go!

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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.