Barcelona totally stood out for me. After all the gothic-baroque architecture and the blacks and greys, you can only enjoy the excitement and joy of watching Antoni Gaudi’s defining architecture. Most of Barcelona’s character comes from Gaudi’s works, which can only be described, as passionate, colorful and creative genius. Everything else came to us as complimentary- be it the tiny, crowded bars, the football fans, the Saturday night enthusiasts or the talented artists spread across the street. Barcelona was a dream.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Barcelona is from December to June
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Castillo de Montjuïc
The Balconies of Barcelona"Another one hour's walk from here", said the shopkeeper at Singh's superstore. I was on my way to the last destination on my list, for the day. Castillo de Montjuic. I had stopped to confirm directions and buy an ice cream, at another supermarket. Although the idea of a castle and its magical fountain filled me with enthusiasm, I wasn't sure how much longer my legs would carry me. But it was as though the streets of Barcelona wanted me to keep going. They wound their way along these quarters, that had the privilege of such beautiful balconies. I was stunned by the intricate designs.I had been too pre-occupied to notice the time. As the same roads exited into the city, I realized that I had only half an hour more to go.
How can you leave beaches out of a Barcelona itinerary? So, here it is. One of the most amazing places to warm up and indulge in some sunbathing in Barcelona- Barceloneta Beach. The mediocre tourist spends all day in the sun at crowded Barceloneta Beach finding a square meter to place his towel and always in danger to get robbed. The further you move from the center the less crowded it gets and you will spot more surfers in the water. Dare to hop on a boat yourself? Also there are many other beautiful places to enjoy the sun: On one of the many terraces in the city with a cold beer, grab a bike and climb to the top of Tibidabo to get a great view of the city.
Hola Hostal Eixample
I woke up to the sound of raindrops pattering against my window. It was just 5am, still. This is the problem with Spring. The weather in Europe can get quite damp and wet, without any warning. I sat on my bunk praying fervently to the rain Gods, until I got hungry. Hola hostel was a bed and breakfast. Surprisingly, the breakfast was quite elaborate for the 17 euros that I paid per night. Even the beds were quite comfortable. I had slept soundly on them, during my 3 nights in Barcelona.Also, the rain Gods didn't take too long to answer my plea. I saw the skies clearing, as I made my way to the beach that morning.
After suffering 6 bitingly cold months in England, 17 degrees at 7 am in the morning, was pure bliss. The weather was lovely. It made the 1 hour walk from hola hostel to Parc Guell much more pleasant, than it seemed.This place was home to many buildings that were embellished by Gaudi architecture. Each had its own charm, and they could easily pass for dream houses.
Parc de Montjuic
Sants-Montjuïc is marvelous in the spring, especially at Miramar viewpoint, where the rose blooms and fountains create the ideal setting for a romantic date. The most popular attraction in this neighborhood is the Montjuïc Castle, which offers beautiful vistas over the rest of the city. In the summer, Plaça d'Espanya comes alive with music, while locals and tourists alike stroll around, in the quest for the next café.
Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Gràcia is among the most expensive shopping real estate in the world; all the leading luxury brands hotly competing to occupy the elegant modernista buildings of Barcelona’s widest street. Make sure you see La Pedrera which was Gaudí’s last major project before he started on his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. if you stand in the middle of its gently lit courtyard, it’s easy to forget that you’re inside a man-made structure. The rolling curves, seaweed-like wrought iron and gnarled roof of this Barcelona landmark have been astounding passers-by on Passeig de Gràcia for over a century. Yet to properly appreciate this building you need to head indoors.There’s a forest-like quality to the interior of La Pedrera – the designer’s careful use of light mirrors that of a canopy of leaves. Try as you might, you won’t find a single straight line in this massive structure.
Las Ramblas is a large pedestrian street lined with restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, flower kiosks and bustling with tourists, locals, hustlers and performing artists from almost every genre. Depending on whom you ask, you will be told that the promenade is either a "must-see" or "to be avoided at all costs". While Las Ramblas abounds with pickpockets, it's a MUST for people-watching! And that's not all, Las Ramblas is dotted with some beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings like the Liecu Opera House (our apartment was right next door to the Opera) and the Boqueria Open Market, it also has some amazing art deco sculptures. At one end of Las Ramblas is the huge Place de Catalunya and at the other end, the old port. It would take you no more than 20 mins to walk the entire length of the promenade from end to end.
Barrio Gótico de Barcelona
Barri Gotic is a fantastic area of Barcelona, just off Las Ramblas main area. It’s the center of the old city of Barcelona. The area is like a labyrinth, full of small, narrow streets and squares. Even though they have built new buildings in the area there are still many of them that date back to Medieval times, which makes it an interesting mixture. The old houses can stand right next to the new ones, and you can easily spend a long time just wandering around looking around.
Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel
I usually like to stay in Apartments in Barcelons, but on one trip I decided to try a hostel. The Casa Gracia was simply perfect. And let me be honest and make you jealous once again here, in which hostel you can get a private jacuzzi hot tub in your room? Along with that it has a fully equipped kitchen, a nice terrace and an amazing view. All this at great rates, I was more than pleased by this place!
Parliament of Catalonia
Most attractions in Barcelona like the Arc de Triomf, Parc Guell and Parliament of Catalunya were within walking distance of the Hola Hostel. The Parliament is ancient. And the trees that bordered the street in front of it, added an eerie feel to it, even in broad daylight.
Explore the St Josep Market, La Boqueria Mercat. This is one of the best markets in Europe, a market where people go not just to buy food, but to enjoy the atmosphere and simply wander around. La Boqueria market has a history dating back to 1701. Come here to look, sit down for a drink or buy some lunch for a picnic later in the day.
La Boqueria market is my favorite market place in the world. On my many visits to Barcelona I make it a point to never leave out this place. La Boqueria is just a few meters from the Barcelona Metro Station Liceu, the same as from Barcelona bus 14, 59 and 91. It was open for the first time already in 1217 known as Mercat Bornet. Later known as Plaça Nova and Plaça del Pi. It was mostly selling fish and meat until recently adding fruit and vegetables. The metal roof consisting still at the present dates back to 1914. I walked up and down Las Ramblas hundred times. I just love the place and its vivid atmosphere. Never noticed the market in one of the little streets though until a friend of mine invited me for a fresh juice. Fresh meat on the left, different kinds of chocolate on the right, then ice cream place and fresh fruit and vegetables, and fresh fish in the back. All displayed in an unbelievable nice perfect way, one would think the whole fruit pyramid would fall down only if you blew a little there. From small to huge, round to oval, probably all the possible shapes and colours.
To be honest, this is the best hotel among the three countries that I've visited. I was satisfy with the stay and highly recommended for tourists who are visiting Barcelona because the hotel is located almost at the central of the town. Around 10 minutes walk from the Provença Metro though. Can be quite a challenge to complete the walk after an exhausting sight-seeing around the town. I was quite disappointed with the fact that the WiFi service is only provided at the hotel lobby. So the only time I can online was the 10 minutes before I went out and after I came back to the hotel. But it's beneficial in other way.... So that the guests can rest well in the room, not social networking until midnight etc.
Hotel Ronda Lesseps
We stayed here a week recently and had an awesome time. The desk staff were really helpful, the beds were comfortable, the bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub, bidet and great lighting and shelf space for our things. The closet had hangers, a large room safe, shelves, extra pillow and blanket
Café & Tapas
On our first day in the city of Barcelona, we decided to try something local and authentic. So we walk around the town and just happened to pick this cafe! Café & Tapas is its name and we were glad that we visited here! We were having hard time to choose the type of Paella and Tapas we wanted. But usually Paella comes with seafood while Tapas come with different kind of toppings. If I'm not mistaken, Paella comes with beef too! After hesitating for a while, we decided to ask the waiter for help!