Published: March 1st 2009June 21st 2006
Day 15 & 16
Arrived: Barcelona, Spain
Accommodation: Sant Jordi Arago Hostel
• first impression = small; around the corner from the famous Gaudi home/ museum
• room type = 6 person shared
• shower = shared in hallway
• tip = loud at night with young travelers staying here Gone.. Go Trippin'
Barcelona here we are! We've had had an amazing time thus far but were both extremely anxious to be in Barcelona and we were not disappointed. Our hostel was a short subway ride located a few blocks from the famous Las Ramblas and literally around the corner of Gaudi's home/ museum. As soon as we settled in, we headed for Las Ramblas. Lunch was on the way at a nearby tapas bar, one of our favorite ways to dine which is why we were so excited to be here.
Las Ramblas is the place to be and be seen. It is the center of everything and everything leads back to Las Ramblas so getting lost is not really an option. La Boqueria is the famous food market in the heart of Las Ramblas. You can find anything that is related to food here.
We met up with our
where Christopher Columbus announced to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that he had found America
bike tour guide and spent the afternoon biking around town. One of the best ways to tour a city in our opinion. We hit up all the tourist spots along with a few surprises along the way that you won't find in any travel guide books.
Dinner was around the corner from the square where we met for our bike tour at Les Quinze Nitz situated in the cutest town squares. This place must have made it in every tour books, guides, reviews and blogs because the line was around the block and the restaurant was not even opened yet. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long because the restaurant is huge. This is one tourist eats that does not disappoint. Try the seafood paella and definitely order a pint of sangria.
The next day, we again headed for Las Ramblas for churros con chocolate. We sat and enjoyed a slow morning breakfast amongst the foot traffic of this bustling part of town. Afterwards, we spent a good portion of the day sunbathing on the beach only to sneak away some more tapas here and there.
Barcelona was awesome and definitely a favorite on our list of best destination. Do's & Don'ts
DO consider take the Fat Tire Bike Tours. One of the best tours we've had. It's a great way to see the city and the guides are friendly, informative and lots of fun. Fat Tires are all over Europe so think about them on your next trip to any major destination.
DONT assume you will be departing from the same train station that you arrived in. If you're heading to Paris, you will most likely depart at a different train station so make sure you look at your ticket. We made the mistake of assuming and ended up at the wrong station with only 15 minutes left to race across town to the correct station-- Amazing Race style. Not fun. We literally had to chase the train down as it was leaving the station and hopped on while it was moving.
There are more photos below