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The Trip: Two days after our wedding we took a flight to Barcelona. A one week (grossly) honeymoon trip. From the material we read and from things we heard about the city, we immediately understood that we will not be able to see all that the city has to offer. A desire for a “calm trip” without too much time wasting on the roads, moving from one location to another, from one hand, along with the desire to see the so many beautiful places of the city and to enjoy the variety of attractions from the other hand, brought us to plan our trip to Barcelona in such a way that it will include places, attractions and activities that reflects the unique nature, culture and architecture of Barcelona.
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After landing at Barcelona (Catalonia's capital) international airport at noon, we took a taxi and
reached to our hotel –
Catalonia Aragon Hotel.
A three stars ranking hotel (after a full renovation recently) located in a quiet area,
walking distance from the famous
Sagrada Familia and from a metro station, which we later on used to go
Tip: It is not recommended to stay in the Rambla area in which most of the hotels are old and rooms turn to the noisy (24 hours a day) boulevard.
Places combine wine and Tapas can be found everywhere. We are not fans of Tapas and still we have no problem to find other kind of food to eat including any western food.
There is a big variety of transportation means at Barcelona: metro, train, bus, taxi and even bicycle.
The center of Barcelona city is relatively small and pretty convenient for walking.
Free maps of Barcelona can be achieved in any reservation desk of any hotel.
To places that can not be reached by metro, there are comfortable bus lines.
We used the friendly metro. We bought the T-10 ticket that allow you 10 rides.
(you can buy also a one day ticket, three days or five days ticket).
There are a number of airlines, both standard and low cost, which offer flights to Barcelona. If you need help deciding which to choose, you should read flight reviews to find out about other travellers’ experiences.
In one word – expensive!!!
You can find everything in Barcelona but (for our opinion) it is not a place for people who are looking for bargains and the prices are not cheap.
As already mentioned before, thare is a lot to see and many things to do in Barcelona.
The variety of sights, experiences and activities is big.
We had only one week (grossly).
We visited the following Barcelona tourist sites and attractions:
Already in the first evening, after a short organization, little rest and with a map of Barcelona we received from the hotel front desk, we went out to a short walk in the streets near our hotel in order to aspire fresh air and absorb the local atmosphere. After a short look at the map, we discovered that the famous church is just a few minutes walking from our hotel and so we went to see it lighted in the evening. On the next day we came back for an extensive tour. The place was under constructions (it is all the time…) but it didn’t disturb us to be impressed from the special structure which Gaudi devoted to, more than half of his life.
The famous boulevards, connects the Catalonia plaza, located in the middle of the city,
with the Columbus statue, located near the sea.
The left part of the city, when going down towards the sea,
is the Gothic quarter, and the neighborhood extended on the right is Ravell.
Quite a lot hours (and we could more) we spend in those lively boulevards.
Walking through, at the restaurants, at the markets and museums located in them.
Watching the many stands (food, birds, painters…) , street artists and shows, the human status and whatnot.
Following are places that we recommend not to miss:
Montjuic (translated as Hill of the Jews in the medieval Catalan language) is
a low hill watching the city harbour, south-west to the center of Barcelona.
The hill has a long history (among others it served as a jewish cemetery).
Today the hill is one of the beauty places in the city.
On our way to the top of the hill we passed the impressive magic fountain (Font Magica) and we climb the stairs to the top of the hill. At the top of the hill we saw the big national palace (Palau Nacional), the olimpic stadium (Estadi Olimpic) and more sports facilities that were part of the Olympic village (Vila Olimpica) that was established for the 1992 Olympic games. And also, you can not miss the shaped communication tower and the mature transportation infrastructure.
We also so at the hill the PuabloEspaniol (Poble Espanyol) – The "Spanish Village" in which copies of different structures from all over Spain were build in it.
Shortening, the entire hill is full with beautiful gardens, interesting buildings and impressive plazas. It is worth climbing the hill in order to enjoy the city view that is spread till the see, and to walk in the gardens lanes and breathe nature smells.
The most famous park in Barcelona, designed by the architect Antonio Gaudi.
The park is a green lung with one of the most beautiful lookout points on the city. There are many ways to reach the park. We got off on Vallcarca metro station and climb the Baixada de la Gloria. This is a narrow and especially steep street that in order to relieve the climbing, escalators were build in parts of it. This is a real nice way to go to the park. The street brings you to the “servant’s entrance” in the back part of the park, so the tour is actually done towards the main entrance. In the park there is an impressive wide entrance space, a fountain in a dragon shape, the special “bench” area and more special decorated buildings, and of course Gaudi’s house.
And… the entrance is free.
When we asked the locals what are the options for a night recreation in Barcelona,
we were advice to go to the new marina area – the Port Olimpic.
We were told that this is the new “youngsters zone” of the city.
In the marina there are many restaurants, coffee shops and clubs, and also stylish night bars
and discotheques and not so far we discovered a casino…
Shortening, nice area with good atmosphere (and not just at night).
Flamenco show is a must in Spain.
We went to such a show in one of the evenings at the Santa Suzanna farm.
The recreation includes a meal and enjoyable show of professional flamenco dancers, dressed with the best traditional cloths.
How can we talk about Barcelona without mentioning the word – Football or if to be more
acurate, the words
The football in Barcelona is an outstanding recreation option and also the ones who are not fans of the game, must see the exemplary order and the atmosphere at the famous Camp Nou stadium. The home statium of FC Barcelona. And so we went to see FC Barcelona with all the stars players playing in the Champion League game in front of 62,000 (!!!) people. We bought tickets at the stadium but for a league game it is recommended to buy tickets ahead. It is possible also at WorldTicketShop.
More than ten thousands of fish spices including sharks in a huge
aquarium simulating their natural environment.
In the place there Is also a 80 meters long transparent tunnel.
We decided to dedicate two days (almost full days but not loaded) for trips outside the city.
1) Montserrat – We dedicated one day for a tour in the Montserrat.
This monastery is placed 50 km from Barcelona (about an hour by train) and indeed its beauty and location in the heart of a granite mountainside justifies the visit there.
2) Another day we dedicated to go to Costa Brava (a little more than an hour by train). There we walked in the little streets of the town, rested in one of the beaches, had a nice lunch, than another short walk along the beach and finally took a train back to our hotel.