Christian and I spent the weekend in Barcelona. We arrived Friday evening and departed Sunday night. We had two full days of sightseeing and it was the perfect amount of time to explore this modern-feeling city. We stayed at the Alexandra Barcelona, which is a Hilton Doubletree Hotel. It is located in the Paseo de Garcia neighborhood between two bustling & famous streets, the Passeig de Gràcia and the Rambla de Catalunya.
On Saturday, we walked down the Passeig de Gràcia, which is lined with designer shops and famous architecture. One of the buildings is the Casa Batlló, designed by Antoni Gaudí.
From there we continued our walking tour of the city, along the La Rambla, a pedestrian mall/street that runs over 1 km down to Port Vell. We visited the La Boqueria, the famous food market. We only looked and didn’t buy anything to taste!
Plaça Reial, the Royal Plaza. A square with a fountain, palm trees and restaurants.
One of the buildings along La Rambla. As you can see we had great weather…sunny & blue skies! I was warm in the sun but at times it was a bit windy, so I ended up buying not only sunglasses (I forgot to bring mine) & a scarf. Christian was fine in his polo.
La Rambla ends at the Christopher Columbus monument & Port Vell (old harbor). The old customs building.
By this point, we were getting hungry and wanted to find a restaurant. My tour guide making sure we were headed in the right direction, towards the old town. We didn’t eat at the restaurant called Pork, as I didn’t find the sign very appetizing.
We found a tapas restaurant in the Barri Gòtic (old town, gothic center) for lunch. We ate tomato bread, goat cheese & tomato salad, sundried tomatoes & artichokes salad and croquettes. Christian said we feasted over the weekend and he was right. For dinner we also had tapas at a restaurant near our hotel.
The Barri Gòtic area is filled with windy streets, which we wandered around after lunch. I loved all the different styles of buildings in Barcelona. It is so different than Germany!
We headed back towards our hotel area in the afternoon to pick up jackets and then went back out stopping into shops before dinner. We ate pretty early (around 7pm) for Spanish customs and we were back in our hotel getting ready for bed before some of the shops closed! Tomorrow I will share what we did on Sunday.