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A Luxuriant Escape to Barcelona
My friends and I were craving a little bonding time, so we headed over to #Barcelona. We had #aspirational goals of spending our days stuffing ourselves full of tapas and our nights taking advantage of the #nightlife. The city did not disappoint, with excellent #food, cheap drinks, and even a decidedly non-cheesy double decker bus ride.
I took this trip, almost 2 years ago, in October 2013, with my friends from university. We started our trip on Thursday, leaving from Monaco. We drove to Barcelona, where another friend was waiting for us.
Pleasant Stay at Suites Avenue
We booked an apart-hotel, which was really easy to reach, located in the centre of Barcelona.
Aparthotel Atenea Barcelona
Barcelona City Tour on Bus
We were delighted to have the luxury of sipping from a cocktail on the rooftop, while looking at all the major attractions surrounding us. All this from the comfort of our room.
Tapas and Paella are two of the “must-taste” dishes in Spain; fortunately, at every corner of the street you will find a tapas bar with a wide selection of Spanish wines and homemade Sangria.
We discovered Llamber bodega by accident... and I am so glad we did; you fall in love instantly with the design and service, and the food is even more surprisingly delicious and refined.
you fall in love instantly with the design and service
But wait…there is more! I will also recommend that you try a great paella restaurant called Can Majo Restaurant. The food is fresh and the service is outstanding. They serve a lot of fish and seafood, 3-4 types of meat dishes, and of course, the exquisite paella. Something you should definitely not overlook is their local dessert; Crema Catalana.
If you really want to treat yourself, go to Shoko, a restaurant and clubbing venue. The specialty of the restaurant is Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine.
Enriching our Cultural Knowledge
The first thing which I would like to outline, if you are looking for culture, is to always book tickets online for each and every point of interest that you will be visiting. It saves a lot of time and I am sure you will not regret it.
1. Sagrada Familia is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that you have probably heard of. The project started in 1882 and was then taken over by Antonio Gaudi in 1883. He combined Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. Although it was dedicated to the birth of Jesus, the links with nature can be easily observed. Unfortunately the construction was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. It is said that the church would be completed in 2026, but part of its charm also comes from the fact that it has never been finished.
Since Sagrada Familia is going to be probably one of the top visiting priorities from your journey planner, I definitely advise you to go. Book your tickets, because you won’t have the luxury of wasting a few good hours queuing for some tickets.
2. Parc Güell, another Spanish gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site; it was also designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi.
In the beginning, the purpose of this park was to exploit the fresh air, far away from all the polluting factories. Today it’s been turned into a municipal garden, open to visitors.
It’s an unusual kind of park, very unique. Why is it unusual? Because of the way it was designed; it has loads of marvellous creatures, the major theme being reptiles. At the entrance you will find the mosaic salamander, while on the main terrace, the sea snake.
At the same time, the park hosts a great variety of birds: eagles, parrots, hummingbirds and all sorts of exotic species.
3. Come on! Let’s continue our journey on the double decker bus.
Barcelona City Tour on Bus
Barcelona Bike Tour
Barcelona Sunset Sailing Trip
Even though it’s probably one of the things you would consider boring, trust me in Barcelona it’s different! To reach the bus station, you will have to get to the main street, which is 5 minutes away from the park. Remember to take a scarf or a cap because it might get a little nippy up there.
When we took this tour, we stopped at Las Ramblas, the world renowned food market. Being a food enthusiast, I love markets, because I think this is where you get to know the real local food.
Las Ramblas starts at Plaza Catalunya and goes all the way to the Monument of Columbus in Port Vell, harbour of Barcelona.
We had some yummy fresh fruits for a quick energy boost and then we walked towards the port through the old town, Barrio Gotico.
4. As we walked quite a lot, we didn’t visit a lot of museums; we wanted to enjoy the liveliness of the city first hand.
From the research I have done, I would recommend that you to visit the Picasso Museum, if you’re an art lover.
5. If you’re a sports fan, visit Camp Nou Stadium . I don’t know much about football, besides the fact that it’s played by 22 guys running around after a ball, but I heard it’s a point of interest in Barcelona for the real fanatics.
All the local people start their night with a tapas bar; they enjoy food alongside a nice glass of wine, but then things start to get a bit wilder.
Have you ever heard about Espit Chupitos? Well this is a shot bar, where they have hundreds of types of shots. Everybody stops here for the warm-up before heading to the clubs.
It was truly a great experience.
Although we only went to two parties, I would recommend that you stop by these clubs if you like partying:
1. Shoko is a posh dining and clubbing venue, located on the beach, in the Barceloneta district.
2.Sutton is another exclusive clubbing venue in Barcelona. Make sure you reserve a table. Otherwise, there’s a great chance you might not to get in.
3. The bar at W Hotel will allow you to enjoy a great panorama from the rooftop of this exclusive hotel.
Hotel W Barcelona
Museum of Chocolate
We really wanted this to be part of our memories, and indeed it was.
I hope you enjoyed reading my customized travel experience of Barcelona and I wish that this will help you plan your future vacation in this wonderful and truly multicultural city.