Staying at city center is expensive, is sometimes noisy, sometimes is not clear…For me, choosing a hotel which is a little bit far from the center, located at local’s living areas, surrounded by public streets and local’s voices from balconies and close to metro or bus stations will be the best option for Barcelona. That’s why we stayed at AC Hotel Som by Marriott.AC Hotel SOM by MarriottWhile I was looking for a new, modern, clean , simply decorated hotel with favorable prices, I found AC Hotel Som by Marriott. It is maybe not located in old town however finding an excuse regarding its place is really hard. The hotel by itself is also really close to attraction areas like Montjuic, La Marina de Port, Montjuic Castle, Parc de Joan Miro,Placa d’espanya, Arenas de Barcelona…and one or two bus stop to Placa de Catalunya, La Rambla , Picasso Museum, Casa Mila, Camp Nou, Sagrada Familia….Large discount market is also available just near the hotel…We took our local operator sim card against rooming from this supermarket…
Hotel Barcelona Princess
Good place to sleep, good place to eat, breakfast is great without any doubt…It is in the heart of Barcelona and is at walking distance to Parc de Diagonal Mar, Sea Coast, Placa de Catalunya, La Rambla, Museu Picasso, Casa Milà…no more to say….
OUTDOOR & ATTRACTIONS
Barcelona is a prize to discover on foot…parks, festivals, cuisine, art, culture, architecture and many more…After discovering the city with a first glance by city tour, spend a day away from the metro and the tourist bus, and take your time strolling around and stopping to recharge with some of the city’s great gastronomic options and streets..Barcelona differs from the others with its arty side..do not hesitate to walk around…Meet with the real Mediterranean city and swim at Barcelonata beach… If you’re in the mood for visiting some of the most impressive buildings and parks, get off the beaten path and head up to the Eixample and take in breathtaking panoramic views..
Barcelona City Tour
First thing you should definitely try out is City Tour. It is always worth doing in order to discover the city with a first glance and visit deeply each place you want during your stay. A hop on hop off tour is the perfect key to explore this fascinating and varied city allowing you to cross this extensive city with ease, see what you want when you want
There are 3 lines which are Blue, Red and Green. Red one seems to be the most touristic one for exploring old town. However never miss out trying Blue one. Blue one shows you the Catalan way of living, houses, universities, trade centers. Do not forget: Red line makes you a tourist, Red and Blue one make you a real explorer, Red, Blue and Green combination inevitably make you a real custom:) City Tour bus station is at Placa de Catalunya. Start your first day at most popular square of the city, take a deep breath and explore the city with bus tour.
A beach which really fit to that kind of real Mediterranean city…gives the city its uniqueness and makes the city wonderful for both its citizens and tourists…
There are free places to change your clothes and take a shower…people just come here (may be after work or after school) for skating, swimming, cycling, drinking…You can see many people going back to their homes with swim suits even at metro, bus or tramway stations…Water, sun and sand are really lovely for a crowded cosmopolitan city beach!
Montjuïk Hill and Castle of Montjuïc
Barcelona’s Montjuïc is a hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour. The hill is almost a cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city’s harbour. The top of the hill (185m) was the site fo several defense and the Castle of Montjuïc is the once remains today…
Cable Car and Port View
I bet you have never seen this beautiful Barcelona view or you have never imagined that Barcelona could have this kind of view..Once you hear about the cable car you may not understand what type of cable car is and at first you think that you may skip this part of the city…However not only for looking the city on top of Montjuïk Hill, but also for cable car experience and the view of this oceanic city you should climb here…
FOOD & RESTAURANTS
I responsibly share four different places to eat definitely in Barcelona:) Common properties of these places are they are just at main attraction areas, they are easy to find, they serve local tastes, they are touristic, they are must seen places! One of them is at Barcelonata Beach, other one is at Av. Diagonal 652, one is the most famous and touristic tapas at Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and one is at just behind the Sagrada Familia…
and the tricks for skipping the lines, prices, menus and the atmosphere are here for you to make your own decision.
Now it’s time to try Paella. Traditional rice rich in sea foods…it is served hot and at first I have doubts about trying this kind of food which is full of with calamari, mussel, lobster… However, I have never guessed about how it would be so delicious. Bimba’s Trattoria is so close to center and you should probably pass through it when you will be walking down the streets.(Av. Diagonal 652, Edif., 08034) Do not miss to eat Paella here with that kind of origin and quality.
After swimming at Barcelonata Beach you will get tired and I bet you wanna have fun with the crowd who is walking down the promenade and skating…..while you are looking for a place to drink something you also meet with these local streets to take some photographs…Barcelona should not be left without trying Mojito and some fried sea foods…in every opportunity, taste each sea food and enjoy the taste left in your mouth… Cavamar will be the best option to get rest in the heart of Barcelonata Beach.
Let’s start with the most famous one…Ciudad Combat…You should have heard about Tapas from many others. Without trying tapas, you probably weren’t counted as a visitor of Barcelona. Then, where is the best tapas to eat in town? Obviously it is Ciudad Condal. When you first meet the restaurant which is at the corner, the queue you will see makes you hopeless…they propose you to note down your name on the list and they may tell you how lucky you are since you will only wait 35-40 minutes! You may prefer to drink your wine on the pavement while you are waiting…yet, there is another option…go
inside and take a closer place to bar and wait for others to finish their tapas..They are holding the list for sitting on a table not for the bar…However you do not need to sit on table! Trust me, it is more enjoyable sitting on a desk at the bar in front of tapas variations, talking with the guys who prepares tapas at the kitchen for you and trying out many different tastes by getting info from them. You have inevitably more fun.
FLORENTINE CUP CAKES
Florentine Cupcakes and Cookies…when you are walking down the street, you may suddenly meet with this cute cake shop. No need to insist on so much I think…take a step into the shop and pick at least one cupcake. This place is for capturing instagram photos, tasting the delicious flavor and having a huge smile on your face;)
Hard Rock is everywhere!!! I obviously visit Hard Rock in every city. Each Hard Rock has its own atmosphere and its local legendary ! Hard Rock will satisfy you in terms of taste, design, entertainment, music, service and even in Barcelona you will be satisfied of eating at outside different than other Hard Rocks.
Lizarran is a restaurant chain and can be found at many places. We experienced the one just behind Sagrada Familia…and I bet you will get stucked with the night view. Sagrada Familia is really crowded during the day and you will prefer to get rest at other places rather than staying around the church. I really propose you to go there late at night, take your seat in the middle of the street and enjoy your sandwiches, tapas with Sangria.
Barcelona should grateful to Gaudí who owns the characteristics of city. He left his trace everywhere in the city..Hold your look up everytime since you may suddenly meet any of his art in the middle of the street. Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró are also the world famous Spanish artists that you should not miss to visit their galleries.
At a first glance, green areas in Barcelona are lovingly maintained and are real attractions of locals. By walking or bicycling Barcelona you explore not only outdoor attractions like parks, restaurants, castles, beaches, nightlife but also you satisfy about artistic ventures in Unesco Heritage list that you may never find of its similarities at other countries. Let us have a look to most famous ones.
Casa Batlló and La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
The genious artistic and symbolism of Gaudi: Casa Batlló…Tickets are around 20 euro..Building was covered with a mosaic of fragments of coloured glass and ceramic discs. At the top of the facade, the roof is in the shape of an animal’s back with large iridescent scales…Let me don’t tell you more, explore it yourself;)
Another monument by Gaudi: Casa Milà known as La Pedrera, was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1984, for its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value and for its exceptional universal value. A place full of with history and serves Catalan modernism and houses many exhibitions, concert as cultural centre.
colour is everywhere…a mysterious place to visit…like a fairytale…
Parc is really crowded to feel this spirit. I hope you will visit there at a desolated time if you can:) Yet, the crowd is not a handicap to feel its beauty. Walk any point of the parc and I bet you feel like Güell is walking around also with you..He brought his soul everywhere and his way of doing artistic ventures is really unique and is only at Spain.Before going on top, while climbing the hill you will see Gaudi shop on your left. I definitely suggest you to watch short 4D movie about the development of this mysterious place…One other thing which makes the park special is it has the most beautiful Barcelona view on top of park hills.
Another world famous monument to see… In order to skip the lines, please take your online tickets or guided tours before going there otherwise I could not guess how many hours you will wait under the sun.
Sagrada Familia is the one in the world it is also World Heritage monument and famous since it is a never ending project under the protection of Unesco. Gaudi finished up nearly quarter of this church before his death at 1926. The project still goes on with donations and it is planned to finish at 2026 with the 100th ceremony of Gaudi’ s death.
Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art”
NIGHTLIFE AND BEACH CLUBS
Barcelonata Beach does not only make the city warm and mediterranean…it also makes the city young, sexy and live with its nightclubs! There are also many restaurants with sea view and underground nightclubs which host famous DJs and entertainments.
Dance floor 1: RnB, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Funk, House
Dress to impress.
Collar shirt + shoes for boys makes it sure.
No sport shoes, no shorts, no t-shirts.
If you fill the Guest List Form, you will be included in the Shaz’s Guest List. Then the entrance is free for you!! You can find the list at http://barcelonaparties.com/
The club is offering a bar, restaurant and dance floor all under one roof. It opens every night of the week, with different parties taking place each night. You may experience here before sunset by eating your sushies with extremely large sea view. I have never heard anything bad about the staff, varied food menu and delicious cocktails! The parties in Shôko are famous for their originality and theme nights. It’s the official place for the best parties in town with a history of after parties for concerts like Madonna, Elton John, Cold Play, The Killers, AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Bread & Butter, 080, Ed hardy, G Star & Diesel and premiers of movies like Paranormal Activity, The Hangover, Jackass.
You may need to pay 15-20 euros before entrance including 2 drinks. However, they generally give permission for locals to skip lines (they may have special card or they may be a member of special group I guess) The atmosphere is really nice yet I can not say the same thing for the foods! For chilling out or qualified blues music you can prefer to go there after dinner.
Barcelona worths to visit at least twice…one of the rare cities who have a unique character and a soul…