Monday, 28 August 2017

The Barcelona Guide: 72 HOURS

Speaking of the perfect place for an ultimate city break to visit this summer, Barcelona was my first choice! Filled with culture and artistic values, there's plenty to explore: from magnificent architecture, medieval buildings, unique museums to sandy beaches. Most importantly, there is nothing better than a myriad selection of delicious restaurants and tapas bar to choose from. I felt like there was always something to satisfy my late-night cravings in this city!

· Mandarin Oriental
· Mercer Hotel
· H10 Universitat

· Antoni Gaudí: Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, and Casa Batlló, Casa Milà – La Pedrera: As you wonder around the Catalan city, you can intuitively spot Gaudí’s incredible creations. He compiles the relationship between man, nature and religion onto his architecture and façade sculptures, transferring me into a completely different world.  
· Explore the Gothic Quarter
· Plaça de Catalunya: Barcelona's busiest square
· El born neighbourhood: take a walk in the evening
· Sunset at W Hotel
· Montjuïc: there is a cable car from the beach
· Mount Tibidabo
· Day trip: Montserrat, Girona

· Tapas 24: Not your traditional-traditional Spanish tapas. This place offers tapas with a modern and innovative twist. You can't book but its worth the wait! 
To order: Bikini (a warm sandwich with black truffles, cured Iberian ham and buffalo mozzarella), Croquettes x2, Baby squid, Mc Foie-Burger, tomato bread, xocolata for dessert (silky chocolate mousse, topped with rock salt and olive oil)

· Vinitus: Long queue so get there early! 
To order: M Sanrdina Marinada, M Jamon Iberico, Bacalao All I oil Miel  (Cod with Honey), M Torrija St a Teresa (Bread Pudding - this is the best bread pudding ever!)

· La Plassohla Restaurant: located on the ground floor of Hotel Ohla, head there for their special lunch menu.

· El Nacional
· La Bouqueria Market

· TICKETS Bar: the best in the city so booking well ahead is essential!
· Disfrutar: for an unforgettable astronomic experience
· Flax & Kale: a range of healthy options ranging from green delicious salads, smoothy bowls, your basic avocado toast to cold-pressed juices. Popular amongst university students. 
To order: açaítella­ bowl, crunchy fish taco de teresa’s stairway, cold pressed juice: forever young carrot + orange + pineapple + grape + tumeric + lime + lúcum

· Granja M. Viader: Found in 1870, Granja is still run by the same family. The interior is traditional with a warm and charming atmosphere. 
To order: Churros, Hot chocolate, Majorca Milk (cinnamon, lemon, sugar)

· Parallelo Gelato
· La Pastisseria
· Passeig de Gracia
· La Rambla
Barcelona is known for pick pockets, make sure you watch your bag!
- If you plan to hit the Barcelona Beach, bring as little with you as possible. Never ever ever sleep on the beach and always keep your purse out of sight! 
- Smaller shops close from 2pm to 4pm and re-open around 5pm
Adjust your eating time: Lunch from 2-4pm and dinner starts at 9pm. Some restaurants open at 8pm so get there early to skip the queues (especially popular tapas places)!
Basic tapas dishes that you can get anywhere: Jamón ibérico, Pan con tomate (bread with tomatoes), Pimientos de Padrón (fried peppers – not spicy!), patatas bravas (fried potatoes)
Make sure to get your tickets online before visiting Gaudí's buildings!
Get the T10 ticket for 9.95-  includes 10 trips in Zone1 for metro, bus, train

Who else would love to visit this amazing city? 
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