Barcelona

For some reasons I never wanted to go to Spain on my travels. I remember Mapu telling me how much she loved it and like her so many other people. I guess at that time it was too commercial for me.
This year I decided it was finally time to give it a chance with Barcelona, and I really loved it. It is a trip I wish I could have taken with Fran, but distances didn’t make it possible.
There is a lot to see, the city is very big and I think that my 5 days were alomst the right amount of time.
The only thing I got annoyed by is that there aren’t any good tourist cards. I searched for hours and in the end I did the Iventure card. Not because it was cheap, but because I could have skipped many lines and I paid online for it.

DAY 1
I arrived at the airport, took the bus to downtown and then went to pick up my iventure card that was just near the drop off station.
I then did the check in at the airbnb and started my trip.
JARDINS DE CA N’ALTIMIRA – Carrer de Maó, 13, 08022 Barcelona
I walked 1 hour to get there, even uphill and it was a long walk for almost nothing. The park is in a very nice and probably rich residential area. But that’s it. The park was not interesting at all and very small.
CASA VICENS – Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012 Barcelona (€16,30)
I really loved my frst encounter with Gaudì’s art. The house was simply beautful and I really recommend visitng it. Few hours are more than enough, but very worth it.
PARC GÜELL (GÜELL PARK) – 08024 Barcelona
I walked all my way up to the park to fnd out that they sell just a certain amount of tickets per day, and of course they were sold out. However afer 8,00pm the entry was free. So I took a walk and explored the rest of the park untl it was 8,00pm. Then before it was dark I walk around Gaudì’s works and took some pics at sunset.
GRACIA

DAY 2
SANT PAU RECINTE MODERNIST Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona (€14,00)
This place was once a hospital for poor people and looking at the architecture you would have never guessed. I loved learning about art nouveau but also why this place was so important. I very well done tour with a very nice audioguide.
LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA – Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
I almost risked not being able to tour it becaise when i picked my iventure card they didn’t tell me I was supposed to make a reservaton. However since I was alone they found a spot for me. Our guide was really good and well prepared and the church… Words cannot describe it. It is stunning, all the colors and the structure. It leaves you speechless. It is defntely a must see.
CASA DE LES PUNXES Avinguda Diagonal, 420, 08037 Barcelona
I found the tour to be very expensive (€12,50) and not worth it. I think it is enough to look at the building from the ouside. I was very bored and the only one there.

DAY 3
CASA MILÀ (LA PEDRERA) – Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona
Another beautiful work of art and again the audioguide was very interestng and well done. I spent a couple of hours there and took lots of pics.
CASA BATLLÓ – Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona
You can tell it was Gaudì last work, because it was spectacular, even if it wasn’t my favorite. The house was just too crowded for me, which is understandable, but not something I partcularly like. I like having more space to take pics and move around.
MANZANA DE LA DISCORDIA – Passeig de Gràcia, 41, 08007 Barcelona, Spain Plaça de Catalunya
PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA – C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona
This was the second art nouveau building that I visied and it was built by the same artst of Sant Pau recinte moderniste, i Montaner. The theater wasn’t very big, but lovley and defntely a tour I recommend.
BARRI GOTIC
PLACA DEL REI
MUSEU PICASSO  – Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona
I went just because it was free for students, but i didn’t really liked it.
PASSEIG DEL BORN
SANTA MARIA DEL MAR – Plaça de Santa Maria, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

DAY 4
ARENAS DE BARCELONA
PARC DE L’ESPANYA INDUSTRIAL Carrer de Muntadas, 37, 08014 Barcelona
It was terribile. Not only there was nothing interestng to see, but the park was full of homeless and probably also drunk people. I walked all the way there for nothing.
WATERFRONT
PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA – Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona.
Probably the only interestng park in the city. It wasn’t very big, but at least there were kids, families and young adults there. Few fountains were actually nice.
ARC DE TRIMOF – Passeig de Lluís Companys, 08003 Barcelona

DAY 5
LA CARBONERÍA – Carrer Comte d’Urgell, 32, 08011 Barcelona
I was living there, so I saw them every day. However I like graffiti, so it is worth a stop.
LA BOQUERIA (MERCAT DE SANT JOSEP) – La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona
I loooved this market. Unfortunaltely very crowded, but gorgeous. So many products and food everywhere, people selling, eatng very cool atmosphere.
LAS RAMBLAS connectng Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.
CATEDRAL DE BARCELONA, CATEDRAL DE LA SEU PLA DE LA SEU – Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona
I paid something like 12€ at the entrance. It was an ok cathedral. I saw some that were much nicer and cheaper. However the skyline is interestng from the top.
MERCAT DE SANTA CATERINA
Less crowded than the previous market, but not as great. Took a quick walk, not very interestng.
MONTJUÏC CASTLE – Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038 Barcelona
I ended my trip with a beautful view of Barcelona from here. The sky was clear and you have a 360° view. I took the bus to go up because otherwise it wouls have been a long and tiring walk uphill. However I walked my way home and I enoyed keep looking at the skyline from every possibile angle.

WHERE TO EAT
Food in Barcelona was amazing. To save money I didn’t eat much outside, but when I did I really loved it. Here all the places I went.
FLAX E KALE– Carrer dels Tallers, 74b, 08001 Barcelona
A little but overpriced, but the choice and the quality of the food are amazing. I wish I could have tried the entire menu.
LA TROCADERO – Carrer de la Marina, 269, 08025 Barcelona
They make amazing vegan burger near la sagrada familia. Not only they are very good, but the price is honest and not a rip off considering the location.
BAR CELTA PULPERIA – Carrer de la Princesa, 50, 08003 Barcelona
I went there because a local suggested me to have octopus. And this place had good reviews. However I didn’t like it at all. very expensive, food was not good and the staff very rude and didn’t speak a single word of english or italian. I left that I was hungry and angry.
CAN SOLE’ – Calle Sant Carles, 4, 08003 Barcellona
I was recommended by a friend of a friend and it was superb. I wanted to have a real awesome paella and good sangria, and there I had both. You need to make a reservation in advance, but I really suggest you do it. I got out with my belly full and half drunk, but I enjoed my long lunch there.

WHERE TO SLEEP
I took an AIRBNB downtown. The price was good and the host was really nice. It is not one of the best Airbnb I have been, but it was right for the price I paid and the location. I’m honestly very satisfied, plus I just needed to sleep and shower.

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