View from Parc Güell
Last week I had opportunity to visit beautiful Barcelona. I’ve never been there before, so this won’t be standard Barcelona travel guide, but I hope it gives you an idea on how to spend few days in Barcelona. I was there for four nights, and it just wasn’t enough.
Things to know:
-You’ll walk until your feet fall off. Be ready for that. Even with the most comfortable shoes you own, you’ll be exhausted at the end of the day from walking around (we walked approximately 15 km (9.3miles) per day).
Streets in Barcelona & Casa Batlló
-Next, you’ll need to wait in line for lunch/dinner because restaurants are crowded. Especially better or higher rated ones. Many restaurants (tapas bars) are quite compact and they don’t take reservations. Additional information is not to wear backpack while attending such small restaurant. Tables and space are so tiny you won’t have any space to put your belongings. And who wants to eat with a backpack on their lap?
-If you have an opportunity (have day free from sightseeing) and weather serves you, rent a bike and pedal to the beach. There’s so many vividness at the beach and so many young people. Everybody is relaxing and having fun (because what else is there to do on the beach?). By riding a bike not only you’ll see the other parts of the city (harbor for example) but it will be faster and much easier for the feet than walking.
-Not all sightseeing is worth the money. Do your research before you go, find out what to see and is it worth it. We didn’t pay for ticket at Park Güell, went only on charge-free area and it was a good decision. There was large (re)constructions at the park and maybe it was better to visit it another time.
-Crowds are beyond words. I’ve visited many places, yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people. In April! I cannot imagine how August looks like there nor how locals live.
Cathedral de Barcelona
Organ at Cathedral de Barcelona
Where to eat:
First night we went to Bodega Biarritz 1881 and were lucky enough to go be seated right away. I highly recommend that place, not only for incredible sangrias but also to get the feel of typical Spanish (and/or Catalan in this case) restaurant. (Be aware you won’t see any locals eating there. Only tourists, but it is still fun experience with good food!)
We tried to get a table on a Friday night in highly recommended Cervecería Catalana but the line was just too ridiculous to wait in. I think it would be easier to win the lottery. In all seriousness, I’m too much milady to wait in line for food. I prefer reservations, places where you are seated and welcomed accordingly (that’s just personal preference).
Pont del Bisbe & dinner at Watatsumi
If you’re looking for something different/international, then I highly recommend Watatsumi, Japanese restaurant with an amazing view on Plaça d’Espanya. Even though it is located in the mall (I tend to relate restaurants in the mall with food court), it has delicious food, beautiful interior and amazing view. I also spotted locals eating there which was nice. And if you’re looking for a perfect spot for lunch, go to Gats. Good food, large space with interiors to die for and fast and efficient service. Even though it’s close to La Boqueria, there isn’t that feeling of crowds and is very tranquil place.
Interior in Gats
What to see:
Everything you’ve read about. Sagrada Família, Cathedral de Barcelona, Barri Gothic, La Barcelonetta and everything in between and around. I wish I visited Montserrat, Tibidabo and many other places, but four days just wasn’t enough in this beautiful city.
All in all Barcelona is magnificent place I’d love to go back to. Four days aren’t enough and you’ll want to see everything and capture the spirit of the city. Catalans are very proud (with reason) and wonderful people and this city is really something to see. A good place to get lost in, have fun and enjoy life. To drink cava and sangria, eating tapas while people-watching is the best way to spend day in Barcelona.
Plaça d’Espanya at night
Playa de Sant Miquel
at Sagrada Família
Until next time,