Travel Diaries: Barcelona, Spain
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V1. Barcelona City
Spain is a huge country bursting with culture and vibrancy. From the lively capital to artistic enclaves, historical monuments, thrilling parties, stunning landscapes and glorious beaches – not to mention the superb cuisine – it has something for everyone. Here, we’ve rounded up some of Jenny's highlights, with the best places to stay and eat and see!
BARCELONA & THE SURROUNDING
Vibrant and busy Barcelona offers an exciting mix of art, history, culture and modernity. It is definitely worth staying here a couple of days - if not a few weeks. In the city center, it is a tourist's right of passage to visit the impressive Sagrada Familia. There sits the largest unfinished church in the world, with so many unique characteristics that will have you sit and stare with wonder at for hours. From here, make your way to Park Guell, a colorful tiled masterpiece with sprawling views of the city.
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"The SANDY BEACH is a big selling point of Barcelona. Make sure to wander along the promenade away from the marina, where you’ll see PADDLE-BOARDERS and locals playing volleyball. "
WHERE TO STAY
THE COTTON HOUSE: This stunning hotel is the perfect combination of history and modernization. Housed in the former headquarters of the city's cotton district, the Cotton House is an homage to its origins and shows off its 19th Century features. Apart from the antique furniture and wonderful display of unique rooms displayed with original fabrics and prints. In the perfect location, the Cotton House is walking distance to La Rambla (a tree-lined pedestrian street) with a million dollar view of the Sagrada Familia.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Where-ever you find yourself in this beautiful city, you will always find something unique and delicious to eat and drink. There were too many good spots to name but there are certainly some GEMS to visit.
As mentioned above - The Ramblas is a massive pedestrian friendly market stocked full of buzzing restaurants for quick bites to eat, with dishes using the freshest ingredients picked directly from the market. La Boqueria Pinotxo Bar, overlooks The Ramblas and featured some of the best traditional Catalan dishes out of the trip, with the freshest of seafood full of quality and understated tastes. We recommend you try the Gazpacho, Fresh Clams and Lentil Salad.
Cal Pep is a foodies favorite; with tapas staples and dishes inspired by the Mediterranean, using lots of fresh seasonal ingredients in innovative ways! Think fresh clams served with ham and tuna tartare.
Being mainly vegetarian, we LOVED Copasetic for their delicious ecological, gluten-free and lactose-free menu.
WHAT TO DO
The Museu Picasso in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the 4,251 works that make up the permanent collection.
Casa Batlló is a building in the center of Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, and is considered one of his masterpieces. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that.
Parc Güell is a privatized park system composed of gardens and architectural elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Carmel Hill belongs to the mountain range of Collserola – the Parc del Carmel is located on the northern face.
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