Tuesday, July 1

A short week in Barcelona

We have been in Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia in Spain, before, and this return was just as we had expected. A huge city of 1.6 million inhabitants and Spain´s 2nd largest city.
It is not possible to cover Barcelona in one blogpost and you can find more from my post in august 2008,  but this time too I will take you on a journey to highlights and nice restaurants.

Coming from the airport, and living in the Centro, your taxi-driver will take you to the bottom of La Rambla and the Columbus Monument

The lift (3 Euro) will take you to the top (60m) with the 360 degree view of the city.

In upper middle right you can see the La Sagrada Familia (a must see) and we could really see the 12 years development since last visit.

Another must see is the Gothic Cathedral where one of our recommended Tapas restaurants can be found. (Prize = 1,70 euro pr tapa as seen on the photo below)

Almost around the corner in a side street of Barcelona´s shopping street (from Plaza Catalunya to the Cathedral) you can find the famous 4 Gats where we experienced good Tapas and cheap good wines.
Close to the Cathedral you also have the small restaurant Patxoca where the Biologic Burger can be recommended.
In this restaurant review we also add the "hot" tapas-bar Cal Pep in the Born district, where being there seems more important than the prizes and handmade food. It is important to be there precise at 1 pm to get a chair at the bar.

Walking (or using a taxi) from this Born area with the posters of the War of Spanish Succession,
gives you a possibility to visit La Barceloneta Beach which can be called the "City-Beach"

Coming back to La Rambla a visit to the Market is recommended. All kind of fresh food can be found.
and after enjoying local Flamenco dancers at La Rambla,
a stop at Plaza Reial for a drink, lunch or dinner is recommended.
The restaurants have free WiFi and are more than willing to share their passwords.

When the day has turned to "Tardes" a visit to Bar Lobo or the neighbors will give a nice end your day.

Next morning it is just to start touring once more and the Gaudi houses og parks is also a must see.
Walking up the Passeig de Gracia from the Plaza Catalunya you will fin de more expensive shophouses for the international Brands like Burberry Rolex Channel etc. Here you also find the famous houses designed by Gaudi.
From the top of Casa Batllo the people queuing for a visit ticket.

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