Do a Walking tour
We did a Sandeman Tour. I have used Sandeman in loads of places and they are always amazing. This walking tour covered the following spots and topics and helped us get a lay of the land.
- Barcelona Cathedral
- The Gothic Quarter
- King Martin’s Watchtower
- The Generalitat
- The Council of One Hundred
- El Born District
- Santa María del Mar
- Roman Necropolis
- Catalan national identity
- The Olympic legacy
- La Llotja
- Plaça Nova
- Port Vell historic harbor
- Santa María del Pi
- Catalan legends & heroes
- Picasso in Barcelona
Lunch in the Market of Santa Catarina
There was a seafood bar that did incredible tapas but there were so many amazing options there for really good prices
Get a cable car up to Monjuic Castle
The views from the cable car were amazing and the castle is really beautiful. There are plenty of little shady spots in the castle and ground and a few café’s and bars up there too. Also I recommend getting the funicular down the hill too for another experience whilst getting where you need to go
Dinner at Bar Del Pla
Amazing tapas and a beautiful restaurant
Visit Recinte Modernista Sant Pau
This attraction is not well know but was honestly the highlight of my entire trip to Barcelona. San Pau was a hospital built in 1401 but renovated later by a famous architect. The architect firmly believed that being in comfortable and beautiful surroundings aided recovery and the buildings are so beautiful and there is an operating theatre completely roofed in glass. My mum who is not a fan of hospitals was really reluctant to go but also said it was one of the best things she’s visited on any trip.
You can get a bus out to this cheaply from the centre
La Sagrada Familia
Book in advance for this because it is really worth the visit and the queue are immense but if pre-booked you head straight in. I really recommend going up the two towers and seeing the incredible views.
Dinner at Morrysom
Drinks on the Beach
Again I could recommend booking in advance and going in the morning if you are visiting in summer as the heat can get very strong.
Picnic in Park Guell for Lunch
Casa Batlo and Casa Mila
These are iconic places to visit and the guides are really good quality. If you are interested in architecture I would highly recommend these.
We went with a company/boat called Goleta Karya which was 15 Euros and honestly such an incredible experience. Seeing the city from the sea and sitting in the sunshine was so beautiful and felt like a little bit of luxury for a reasonable price
That evening we also visited ‘the oldest synagogue in Barcelona’. It was a tiny piece of history down a beautiful street and so worth popping into one evening.
Foods To Try
- Calots and romesco – green onions and sauce
- Esqueixada – raw cod salad
- Pa amb Tomàquet – bread with tomato
- Escalivada – aubergine, pepper olive oil and anchovies on bread
- Bar la plata – gothic quarter
- Jai-ca (authentic tapas) – old fishermans neighbourhood, barconaletta
- Cometa pla (good veggie tapas) – Gothic quarter
- Bar del pla
- La cova fumada (local hole in the wall) – Calle Baluard
- Morryssom – carrer de Girona