Thursday, September 5, 2013

Europe 2013: Barcelona

You find the recaps for Wales, London and Paris here, here and here

After enjoying your time in Paris, we hopped a flight through Easy Jet to Barcelona, which was relatively easy. Once we landed in Barcelona, we hopped on the Aerobus which takes you right from the airport to the centre of the city. From there, we hopped on the metro to head to the Barcelona b&b,  which is where we stayed. Oh and the heat! Walking to and from the metro and b&b with our large backpacks on was so, so, so hot! Not to mention that there was an incident on the metro line, so we ended up having to get off early and walk to the b&b. 

After dropping off our large bags, we headed out in search of some dinner as we were starving! Our b&b was relatively close to La Rambla, so we decided to head that way for some food. We ended up at some random restaurant that wasn't that great, but had awesome people watching! The best of the night was the oreo gelato that we got after dinner...still dreaming about it!

The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the b&b before heading out for another Fat Tire Bike Tour. It was a super hot day, but so worth it as we got to see lots of the city! The best part was the 10 Euro lunch that we stopped for at the beach. 

La Sagrada Familia
Lunch on the beach
That night, we went out for tapas to a place called Sagardi. You could eat as many or as little as you want....they just charge you by the toothpick that holds the tapas together. 

The next day, we both decided that a beach day was in order. The weather was sunny and super warm (high 30C's every day), so we took advantage of that. We didn't bring a camera as we heard about lots of theft on the beach, but it was a picture perfect day! We ended up renting loungers and an umbrella, and it was perfect :)There was so many people trying to sell stuff on the beach though.  After the beach, we headed to a restaurant called La Toreros, where we had fantastic paella! Terrible service, but great food!

The next day included: Gaudi houses, Park Guell and our anniversary. In the morning, we walked to a couple of the Gaudi houses that were close to the b&b. They were neat to see!

After seeing the houses, we took the metro to Park Guell which provides fantastic views of the city of Barcelona! The day we went it was so busy and so, so, so hot! Even in the shade we were sweating our faces off. So worth it though!

Views of the city

That night, we headed out for our anniversary dinner to a Brazilian BBQ place. I think only one of the servers spoke a tiny bit of English, so it was quite the experience. Worth it though as it was really good! After dinner, we took a walk and realized how close we were to the La Sagrada Familia. Not sure why it took us so long to realize that, so we decided to walk the three blocks there. Best part of going at 10pm at night? No crowds! 

We were a bit sad to be leaving Barcelona as it was such a neat city. If I ever get the chance, I would go back in a heart beat!

Next up....Rome


  1. Did you check your backpacks or carry them on the flights with you?

  2. So amazing. Mmmm oreo gelato. Yum. :)

  3. God I love that place! We stayed on La Rambla and it was great- so much to see! It was pretty hot when we went in May so I can only imagine how hot it as for you in August!

    I wish we had done a bike tour in Barcelona- that would have been an excellent idea!

    I did miss the bike system that Paris had though. We walked a ton in Barcelona!

  4. Yum, that paella looks amazing. Bummer about the bad service, though. I have never been to Barcelona but have heard nothing but great things. It looks like it is such a beautiful, cool city. I like that it has history and culture - and the beach!

  5. Looks amazing! We didn't do Barcelona, or Spain at all, on our Europe trip but I would love to visit there one day!

  6. looks like so much fun. Tapas= yummmmmmm

  7. GORGEOUS. I feel like this is the dream vacation that everyone wants and only some people get. You are very lucky to have had all of these experiences

  8. Oooh, I want to eat at that tapas place!! I love variety when it comes to meals, so I would probably eat and eat and eat!

  9. I have a friend that insists Barcelona is the best places he's ever been. Totally putting this on my list!



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