Barcelona – 4/5 Day Vacation

No Uber or Lyft in Barcelona. Use the app mytaxi instead. Supposedly Hailo also works there, but I’ve tested mytaxi and it’s definitely available. UPDATE: we never used the app. There are taxis everywhere, just make sure they take cards before you get in, but cash is fine.

Avoid getting scammed tips – tl;dr – Trust no one, help no one http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/general/safety/barcelona-safety.html

Drinking in public is illegal

 

Itinerary

 

Head to La Boqueria on Las Ramblas for all the food – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187497-d190164-Reviews-Mercat_de_Sant_Josep_de_la_Boqueria-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

  • Best time is in the morning
  • They do accept credit cards, but I’m sure cash is appreciated. Remember to get a receipt
  • Lots of professional pickpockets here. Be extra careful and avoid letting people bump into you(super crowded though) and don’t touch your pocket where your wallet or valuables are.
  • Stands at the front more expensive
  • Several top market recommendations:
    • bacallà salat (dried salted cod)– usually comes in an esqueixada, a tomato, onion and black-olive salad with frisée lettuce
    • percebes (goose-necked barnacles) – much loved across Spain, these look like witch fingers and are eaten with a garlic and parsley sauce.
    • calçots (a cross between a leek and an onion), which are chargrilled and the insides eaten as a messy whole
    • Fresh fruit juice – 1-2 euro each
    • El Pinotxo, just to the right of the entrance
    • MUST FIND – Head down the centre of the market to just behind the fish sections. You will find a small stall manned by an Italian man with a wood fired oven selling pizzas by the slice – a favourite of El Bulli’s founder Ferran Adria
    • Get cone of Cheese & Iberico Ham from Mas Gourmets
    • Wine shop on the north side
    • Seafood is cooked in front of you

Walk around Las Ramblas

Walk around Gothic Quarter

Rooftop Balinese Bar – Live music http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/en/fooddrinks/pulitzer-terrace/

Other cool bars – https://www.likealocalguide.com/barcelona/bars

UPDATE: Dry Martini Bar – coworker says is number 4 best bar in the world – http://www.worldsbestbars.com/bar/barcelona/city-center/dry-martini-bar

  • Calle Aribau, 162-166, 08036

UPDATE: Majestic Hotel – Great rooftop bar with panormaric view of the whole city

        – Passeig de Gràcia, 68

 

Thursday

Workout

Breakfast

Hop on hop off tour – http://www.viator.com/tours/Barcelona/City-Sightseeing-Barcelona-Hop-On-Hop-Off-Tour/d562-2916BARCELONA

 

  • Casa Batllo – 10:30
  • La Sagrada – 1:30 then Nativity Tower at 2

 

Lunch

Head back to hotel

Cooking class

  • MEETING POINT Barcelona Cooking
  • La Rambla, 58, ppal 2. Barcelona, Spain 08002
  • (+34) 931.191.986

Erotic Museum(until 11:30) – http://www.erotica-museum.com/museum.php

  • 3 minute walk

 

Friday 

Breakfast

Montserrat and Cava tour? (10 hours) – leaves at 8:30AM, back around 7 http://www.viator.com/tours/Barcelona/Montserrat-and-Cava-Trail-Small-Group-Day-Trip-from-Barcelona/d562-3142MONT

  • There are other options for cava tours that are closer or shorter, but Montserrat looks awesome
    • UPDATE: This tour was so awesome
  • Central Barcelona, near Via Laietana
  • Explore Catalunya office. Palau de la Musica, 1, 08003.
  • Tour departs from the Explore Catalunya office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the Palau de la Musica, off Via Laietana.
  • Your local contact is Explore Catalunya on +34 93 269 11 54
  • BRING SOME CASH AND SUNSCREEN AND GOOD WALKING SHOES AND JACKET

Dinner at 7 Portes – plenty of space and time

Cocktail/Jazz club – http://www.timeout.com/barcelona/music/venues/barcelonas-jazz-venues

Magic Fountain of Montjuic – show is only friday/sat 9-10:30

 

Saturday 

Flax and Kale for lunch with Ana’s cousin

Museums: Natural Science, History, History of Catalunya

Montjuic Castle: 10-8PM

 

 

http://www.globotreks.com/destinations/10-gaudi-buildings-barcelona/

 

Highly rated must sees:

  1. Walk down Las Ramblas*
  2. Food Market on Las Ramblas – La Boqueria*
  3. La Sagrada Familia* (blue bus tour) – buy tickets online ahead of time
  4. Picasso Museum*
  5. Port de Barcelona
  6. Placa del Rei
  7. Parc de Montjuic*
  8. Olympic Stadium (red bus tour)
  9. Casa Mila/La Pedrera*- definitely go onto the roof of the building
  10. Casa Battlo* – at least walk by even if you don’t have time to go inside (red/blue bus tour)
  11. Esglesia de Sant Marc*
  12. Parc Guell* – One of the best sites to see (blue bus tour)
  13. Casa Museu Gaudi* – at least walk by for some photos
  14. Miguel del Port
  15. Parc de Ciutadella* (red bus tour)
  16. Walk through the Gothic Quarter* – see their version of the bridge of sighs
  17. Jardins de Laribal
  18. Jardins de Teatre Grec

Restaurant:  Restaurant 7 Portes, http://7portes.com/en/

 

Eat: paella, croquetas, seafood and of course churros y chocolate

 

Other ideas:

Chocolate museum- http://www.museuxocolata.cat/venda_entrades.php

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