There’s nothing better than starting your perfect day in Barcelona with a refreshing and delicious meal. I recommend Federal Cafe for an energizing brunch with an edge to it to boost up your mood for a busy day!
If it is summer time, you will probably want to dash off to the beach. Keep in mind the rule #1 in Barcelona: avoid Barceloneta. The beach there is too busy and too polluted and there are far better options nearby. Nova Icaria is already a big improvement and is still accessible by metro. If however it is winter time or you just don’t fancy beach activities, start your day with a walk in the relaxing Ciutadella park, the biggest green area of the city.
While its beach is not worthwhile, the Barceloneta neighborhood has definitely many hidden gems. To have lunch I recommend heading to a restaurant called Somorrostro. They serve absolutely delicious cocina de mercado (market food) in some inspiring plates that will leave you salivating for more.
Next stop: La Boquería. For me the most interesting place in the overcrowded and touristic Las Ramblas. Avoid the crowds by using one of the side entrances and get lost on the variety of stalls selling everything since fresh coconut to seafood. And the natural juices for 1€ are a must-have!
Assuming you don’t enjoy being in lines for hours, buy your ticket in advance for Sagrada Família. Despite being massively touristic it is definitely one of those places you MUST visit at least once in your lifetime. After all, it is on the inside you understand why it is called a “masterpiece”. All I can say is that Gaudí created a breathtakingly beautiful piece of art.
End the day with a sunset in a spot away from the crowds which even many locals don’t know about. If you are up for a little hike uphill, the viewpoint of El Carmel is a great choice. Don’t expect benches to sit or any other luxury here, actually this is just an abandoned bunker from the Spanish Civil War. But who cares when you have one of the most amazing view over the whole city of Barcelona?
Nighttime arrives and you’re probably feeling hungry after the hike to El Carmel. Since you are in Spain (at least for now…) how about some tapas? Don’t just enter the first bar you see as many of tapas bars in Barcelona are overpriced! Poble Sec neighborhood is known to have the best value-for-money relation tapas in the city. There are many good options there, Quimet i Quimet is one of them.
After dinner is the perfect time for a stroll in the Barri Gótic, which much more charismatic and charming than during the day, IMHO. Finally, finish off your day with a drink at The Lime House bar, in the neighboring district of El Born. The atmosphere here is lively and the wall of home-made gins is a show-stopper!
My name is Bruno B., I was born in the island of São Miguel, Azores, Portugal. After some years living in Lisbon, a few months ago I moved to Barcelona and so far I am loving it!
I have a full-time job right now, but trying to become a professional freelancer/travel blogger as soon as possible in order to follow my true passion: to travel!
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