I was pretty excited to be going to Barcelona for three days. I’ve never been and I had heard good things. http://www.ba.com were offering great deals on return flights from Gatwick, £140 return for two. I also found a great hotel on http://www.booking.com For three nights it worked out at £297. Yes, you can get cheaper but this was a lovely hotel with a swimming pool. The deal didn’t include breakfast but to be honest I hate Buffett style eating and I like the freedom of trying new places everyday. The brilliant thing is, you can get a queso y jamón rollo, café fuerte (ham and cheese roll and a strong coffee) for three euro. It’s a great breakfast. the bread is fresh, the ham is off the bone and the cheese is delicious. Like most cities, you can spend as much or as little as your budget will allow.
TIP: If you don’t want to spend 100 euro on a round trip in a taxi from the airport, take the airport bus for five euro. It runs every 15 minutes, has zircon and is a great service. We did it ( & believe me, we are normally the ‘jump in a cab’ type of people) and it was perfect.
We were staying in the Eixample area of Barcelona. A fifteen minute walk from plaza catalunia. It’s a great area. Not as busy as central or old town Barcelona. Lot’s of amazing Tapas bars. We walked EVERYWHERE.
TIP: It might be best to avoid going in July. It was SO HOT. Walking all over a hot city had it’s challenges. However, we were determined to make the most of it, so we soaked up as much as we could.
BEST TAPAS IN EIXAMPLE AREA :
I would also HIGHLY recommend http://latavernadelclinic.com/eng/index.php
La Taverna del Clinic rossello, 155 – 08036 BCN
I can honestly say the service and food were outstanding. We had one of the best meals EVER. Please do try to go if you are ever in Barcelona. I am sorry to say the photographs aren’t as good as I would’ve liked, I didn’t want to use my flash.
Natalia recommend a wine for us. As you can see, it was perfect.
I started with a glass of Cava. The Cava in Barcelona is nothing like the Cave I have tired in the UK. I can honestly say, it’s the best Cava I have ever tried. Better than any Champagne ( albeit in my limited experience)
Just walking around, trying out bars and cafes, we really got a sense of the city. We are huge food and wine lovers that we couldn’t wait for lunch and dinner. Seeing all the sights was a great way to work up an appetite.
My top sights to see:
- Palau de la Musica Catalana http://www.palaumusica.cat/ca/
- Casa Ballto https://www.casabatllo.es/en/
- Tapas in Eixample area
- The Food market http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/tour/barcelona-city-centre/guide-la-boqueria-barcelona.html
- The Sagrada Familia http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/
- La Taverna del Clinic http://latavernadelclinic.com/eng/index.php