Spain is a beautiful country. I have already been to Malaga and Madrid. Barcelona has been on my short list for sometime. I am finally glad I got the opportunity to visit. We tried to pack in as much as we could in a few days while also just relaxing a bit. I hope what we did will inspire your Barcelona plans. Here is how we spent 3 fun days in Barcelona, Spain.
Upon arrival to Barcelona, Spain we took a taxi to our hotel, Gran Via. The hotel is very nice and is centrally located. Many attractions and restaurants are within walking distance. The train and bus is right across the street and the Hop on Hop off Bus was a few minutes away on foot.
We really enjoyed staying at this hotel and when visiting Barcelona we will be right back there! The hotel was very nice, the room was spacious, although our view wasn’t good at all! The staff was amazing! Especially one lady in particular named Karen. She went above and beyond every time we saw her.
The hotel has a terrace and a dining area. All of our breakfast was eaten at there. They had a really nice spread. We also took tea and coffee and relaxed outside on the beautiful terrace many times during our stay.
After resting for a bit, we headed over to our meeting place for our walking tour with Sandeman. We have taken their tours in other countries and I highly recommend it, plus it is free. The tour goes around the Gothic Quarter and El Born. If you plan to buy souvenirs these are great areas with good prices. We even picked up some snacks for the room.
While on the walking tour we got to stand next to the steps that many kings and queens once stood on. Even Christopher Columbus. We saw some Picasso art that I wouldn’t have known without the tour that was his work. There was so much to see and learn. If you aren’t keen on walking or are impaired, this was a pretty easy walk in a small area with a lot of stopping.
After the tour we headed back to the hotel to relax a bit on the terrace and figure out where to eat. We were given a recommendation by Karen, but went to a place I found on TripAdvisor called Crudo Bar. My mom and I both ordered the curry salmon with white rice. Our appetizer was bread with a olive oil and tomato sauce. The food was delicious.
We had breakfast at the hotel before heading to Park Guell. Just a tip, for all attractions buy tickets in advance. Not only are they cheaper, but you won’t have to worry about being turned away since they are timed entries. Knowing that Park Guell was not a fun walk up a hill and being on a bit of a time crunch we took a taxi there.
I am glad we got there early because it began to get more and more crowded while there. There were plenty of stairs, so if that is not your thing, beware. The views all around were pretty. There was a line to get a photo by the mosaic benches with a view. Much of the rest of area was under construction.
Heading back to the hotel to regroup and then over to Casa Mila. Although we arrived a little earlier than our timed entry they still allowed us in. The audioguide for Casa Mila is very informative. There is an elevator that takes you to the top and then you walk on to the roof. From there you work your way down. I really enjoyed Antoni Gaudi’s work here as much as Park Guell.
Right outside of Casa Mila is the bus stop for the Hop On Hop Off Bus. This is a great way to see the city and its many attractions. We had a two day pass. We rode around the rest of the day on one of the 2 routes (the 3rd runs in the summer) checking out some of the sites and learning about the history.
Later that day we headed to another of Antoni Gaudi’s work Casa Batllo. Honestly this was the most disappointing to me and I wish I had followed my mind and went to another of his work’s Casa Vicens. The elevator was broken and it was under restoration. Even attempting to get a photo of the front facade was a bust. They have an audio guide as well that uses augmented reality. I wasn’t too impressed, especially since it was very pricey.
We got through that quickly and arrived at Citrus for dinner upon the recommendation of Karen from out hotel. Although we had a reservation and arrived early, we were still seated quickly. They also have free Wi-Fi and the hostess came to the table to make sure I was able to connect. The staff and atmosphere was really nice.
The food was delicious and well priced. We ordered the bread with tomato and olive oil. It tasted better than the night before because it was all in one and warm. We also ordered duck on a bed of pineapple with roasted pistachio nuts, and cheese cream. Of course dessert wasn’t missed. My mom ordered a creme brûlée and I ordered a warm chocolate coolant with chocolate ice cream.
This was the last full day and Karen hooked us up at breakfast. She had omelettes made for us, brought over all types of cheese and fruit. She even had a co worker make us an avocado and pineapple smoothie that was delicious. This was a great start to the day!
We had a tour that I booked well in advance and highly suggest be done if you plan to visit Sagrada Familia. Really, you can’t go to Barcelona and not go. I highly suggest going inside! It is beautiful. The guided tour was excellent. It allows you to understand and appreciate the build and what you are looking at. He even pointed things out we didn’t even notice.
We explored the inside and took it all in before heading to the Hop On Hop Off Bus to try out the other route. It was pretty cold out and was raining on and off. So we stayed on the bus, but we got to see so many things including the Tibidabo, the beach, and more. Now I know all where I want to go next time I am in Barcelona.
For dinner we took another recommendation from Karen and headed over to Cuidad Condal. There was a wait as both locals and tourists poured in and out the doors. After about 15 – 20 minutes we were seated. These nice ladies from London told us to order the sample platter so we did. It was good, but it wasn’t filling to me. So after ordering the platter we ordered some pizza and beef tenderloin sliders. If I had known how much better the beef tenderloin was, I would have just ordered those, delicious.
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