We recently took a quick weekend trip to Barcelona to enjoy the delicious tapas, beautiful architecture, and white-sand beaches. It was the Doc’s first time in Spain, and after such a good trip, I have a feeling it won’t be our last.
During our long descent back into town, the clouds parted and we hit the beach for lunch and Round 2 of seaside relaxing.
Sleep: We stayed at this AirBnB, which was in a perfect location in Eixample and really nice for the price.
Eat: Tapas, tapas, tapas…and paella.
Late, late dinner at Cerveceria Catalana at the suggestion of our AirBnB host. The tapas were great and their was a wait even at midnight. Unlike many Barcelona restaurants, it would be good for groups. A little touristy, but still really tasty.
Lunch at Cal Pep in the Gothic Quarter. No menus, and no bookings. It’s not open for dinner on Saturday, so we went for lunch. We sat at the bar (which is the way to go) and let the waiters take care of us! It’s more expensive that we thought it should be but the food doesn’t disappoint.
Another late dinner at Bar Mut in Eixample. Tiny, hip tapas bar with only menus in Catalan. Very local and one of my favorite eats of the weekend. Kitchen stays open until midnight.
Beach-side lunch at Escriba Xiringuito. Paella and sangria…doesn’t get much for Spanish or delicious than that.
See: La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s still-under-construction Catholic Church and masterpiece. Parc Guell in north Barcelona. Walking down Las Ramblas–uber touristy but good to do. Wind through the Gothic Quarter and El Born. Relax on beaches of Barceloneta, or the less touristy area on the north side of the Olympic park.
-The airport is a 15 minutes (30 euro) taxi ride from the center of town. There are several public transport ways to get into the city, but they all seemed to take an hour, so we went with a cab.
-Most people don’t eat before 9pm. We didn’t eat before 11 either night but were able to grab a tapas or two late afternoon to tide us over.
-Buy tickets to Sagrada Familia online beforehand to avoid the lines. You can also pay a few euro more to climb up the tower (we did the Nativity tower), which provides great views over Barcelona.
-Parc Guell is a good hike uphill. Entrance to the park is free but they now charge 8 euros to go see the Gaudi areas.
Hi/Low: Falling asleep on the beach in total relaxation was a high for both of us. The major low was getting bumped from our flight on Sunday and not getting back to London until Monday morning.