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Located on Las Ramblas, this hotel serves as a great central place to stay. If you are arriving by air, take the Aerobus from the airport to the Placa de Catalunya and walk down Las Ramblas to this great hotel. It was once a palace, which has comfortable rooms, jacuzzi tubs, and also has a friendly and helpful staff.
A nice place to stroll in the morning. It gets busy later in the day. The street performers and their elaborate costumes are entertaining, but the pickpockets aren't! So keep your belongings safe while enjoying the local festivities on this charming street.
Beautiful open air market. Stop in early in the morning to watch the vendors set out their masterful displays of fruit and vegetables. Eat breakfast with the locals at a counter for a great start to your day.
Spend an hour or so learning about Spain's amazing maritime past. A Spanish Galleon is on display as well as other ships and models. Located towards the end of Las Ramblas this museum is open till 8:00pm and is very quiet in the evening. It's a great place to stop for one more attraction before heading to dinner. Entrance fees are 6.50e or you can buy a combination ticket including a trip on the Las Golondrinas coastline tour for 9.60e. I would recommend the Museum only. Las Golondrinas is highly over-rated and the coastline tour only shows you cruise ships and rusting oil rigs.
Located in a charming square, this restaurant allows has a line circling the square. We arrived at 8:30 and were seated by 8:45, probably because we "early" for dinner. This was our first night in Barcelona and we were not yet on the city's time schedule for meals. Despite some dubious reviews, this restaurant was a great find for us. We enjoyed a few tapas with Cava (sparkling white wine) before ordering a nicely priced dinner with perfect portions. The service was fair, but as we wanted to linger over dinner we didn't mind the slow service.
Buy your tickets on line, print the voucher and pick up your tickets at the Placa de Catalunya office. It is located under ground, follow the signs. The office is scheduled to open at 9am, the start time for the first bus. We found it open at 8:45 and were able to get a great seat on the first bus. Ride on top for the best views. We booked 1 day on the hop-on/hop-off bus, but would recommend 2 days if you have the time. We rode straight to the Sagrid de Famila to beat the long lines. You have a great view of many of Antonio Gaudi's creative buildings as you ride along the Red route. After reboarding the bus we rode it to Parc Guell and walked up to see another enchanting Gaudi creation. After reboarding we rode the red route to the connection with the blue and enjoyed a tour of the vast city with commentry. In one day we were able to ride all 3 routes which gave us a good overview of the city.
Arrive first thing in the morning and you will miss the long lines. The Church opens at 9am and costs 11e. You can rent audio commentary devices to learn about the history and ongoing building of this church. You can pay 2.50e and ride the elevator to the top of one of the towers and see an amazing view of the city. As you walk down the spiral staircase you will glimpse parts of the amazing outer facade of the church. You can easily spend hours marveling over the outside of this church.
The genius of Antonio Gaudi lives on in this fanciful park. It's a quick walk up the hill from the Bus Touristic Red route stop. Grab a take-away lunch on your way up the hill and enjoy it in the sun with a great view of the city. We encountered many talented musicians in the park and had a great time listening to music and people watching.
This is the place to find modernisme architecture. You will find many works by Gaudi and other important architects of this movement on this street. The shopping in this area is also a bonus.
This small Tapas restaurant is a great place to stop in for lunch. We enjoyed fresh, creative Tapas and enjoyed sitting at the counter watching the cooks prepare it. Finish your meal with one of the delightful desserts. You won't regret it!
A great place to relax on the beach, dip your toes into the Mediterranean Sea and forget about the busy city. There are many restaurants in the area to eat a leisurely meal at and enjoy the sea air.
Amazing Gothic architecture. Wander the streets, don't try to follow a map, you'll only get lost! Just enjoy each winding side street. This is one of the best areas to find small local shops and unique items.
Delicious Tapas and fresh ingredients. Eat outside, the inside of the restaurant can be a bit crowed.
A small affordable gallery in the Barri Gotic carrying local artist's work. You can find beautiful paintings framed or unframed.
The most enchanting theater I have ever witnessed. Take the tour to learn about the history of this beautiful place, and then attend a concert here. An utterly amazing experience.
You can catch the cablecar up to Montjuic on the waterfront. You will have sweeping views of the entire city. After you arrive on the mountain you will find many museums, parks and views of the city.
Check out the stadium where the opening ceremony for the 1992 summer games took place.
This park is a nice place to sit and relax after a long morning of touring the city. Fountains, statues, a zoo, and the Arc de Triomf make it worth a stop!
Masterpieces and a wonderful area of Barcelona to explore.
We happened upon this little shop on our way to the Picasso Museum. We found beautiful black and white photographs of Barcelona by local artists.