Barcelona

Its been a while, but I’m back! A whirlwind of travels have kept me busy and allowed me to do some self-exploration. I’ve decided to keep these posts more authentic to the way in which I travel – outlined and reflect along the way. I keep a travel journal for the juicy stories and experiences, and I might just share a few with you. But for now, I am going to be your best friend when it comes to planning a trip. With the rise of tech, our attention spans are quickly diminishing, so let’s get to it.

A Millennial’s Guide to Barcelona

Notes:

  1. Museums and sights are free on Sunday’s. If you have a student ID, you can get into a lot of the sites for free any day of the week.
  2. Get a Metro Card, NOT a BCN pass.
  3. Be aware of meal times. Most restaurants don’t start serving dinner until 9 PM (Tapas at 8:30 PM)

What to Eat:

  1. Cava (Catalan sparkling wine)
  2. Ensaimadas (powdered sugared pastry)
  3. Suizo (hot chocolate with whipped cream)
  4. Bocadillo (breakfast sandwich)
  5. Croissants
  6. Crema Catalana (Catalan Creme Brulee)
  7. Croquettes de bacalao (salt cod croquettes with creamy bechamel)
  8. Coca (flatbread- sweet or savory)
  9. Grilled vegetables in romesco sauce (almonds, hazelnuts, peppers and garlic sauce)
  10. Cream filled churro (authentic Catalan donut)
  11. Churros with chocolate sauce
  12. Tapas
  13. Paella
  14. Pinchos
Churros and chocolate sauce

Where to Eat:

  1. Olive oil tasting: Vom Fass (Gracia)
  2. Tapas: Bodega Biarritz
  3. Pasteries & sweets: Caelum (in the Gothic Quarter)
  4. Ensaimadas & Suizo: Granja Viader
  5. Churros: Churreria Laietana
  6. Gelato: Manna Gelats
  7. Coffee: Cafes El Magnifico, Black Remedy
  8. Bonus: Have an espresso or a light meal at the famous 4Gats, a popular meeting spot for great artists like Picasso.

 

Tres leches gelato from Manna Gelato

What to Do:

  1. Have a picnic at Bunker del Carmel
  2. Take a free walking tour
  3. Rent a motorbike
  4. Take a food tour
  5. National Museum of Art Cataluyna fountain show
  6. Watch a Barcelona football (soccer) game live
  7. Go cava wine tasting
Picnicking at Bunker del Carmel

What to See:

  1. Monasterio de Montserrat 
  2. 8 stairs to heaven (at Monserrat)
  3. Tibidabo
  4. Barceloneta Beach
  5. La Rambla
  6. Mercat(market) de la Boqueria
  7. Picasso Museum
  8. Montjuic castle
  9. National Museum of Catalan Art fountain
  10. Park Guell
  11. Gothic Quarter
  12. L’arc de triomf
  13. Christopher Colombus Monument
  14. Rose Compass
  15. La Sagrada Familia
  16. Gaudi Houses: Casa Vicens, Finca Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila
  17. Cascade fountain at the Park de la Ciutadella
Gaudi homes
The view from the top of a trail hike at Montserrat

Where to Party:

  1. Razzmatazz- one of the largest clubs in Europe and biggest in Spain.
  2. Marula- a groovy, funky old school vibe.
  3. Macarena Club- techno with a great crowd and energy on the dancefloor.

How to get around:

  1. The metro gets you almost everywhere & is easy to navigate
  2. maps.me Barcelona

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