- SalamancaCalle L'almirall Cervera, 34, 08003 Barcelona, Spainrecommended SalamancaWatch out, their street team advertisers are really good at their job! I don't often stop to hear a persons monologue about why I should come eat at their establishment, but thank goodness I did this ... read moretime! I had some of the best seafood of my whole trip at Salamanca and the staff are extremely attentive and charming! This wonderful restaurant is situated right off Barceloneta beach boardwalk, so the views are endless. We chose to eat in their outdoor tented area, but the actual restaurant isn't short of character. It feels like fine dining with a mom and pop twist, very comfortable and delicious.Heather Fisher
Great seafood plates!!!
- Los CaracolesCarrer Dels Escudellers 14, Barcelona, CT 08002 Spainrecommended Los CaracolesA restaurant in the gothic quarter that is the real meaning of a "hidden gem". From first glance, it seems like a small average bar, but walk a little further and you'll find the host waiting to wind ... read moreyou through the back part of the restaurant to one of it's many unique and intimate dining rooms. The is a moderately upscale dining experience and the staff really deliver, from the attentive service to the delicious menu. Try the snails, fish soup, mussels, half-chicken or lamb dinner. Incredibly good!
- La Boqueria Rambla 91, 08002 Barcelona, Spainrecommended La BoqueriaIt's a large market right in the middle of the Ramblas. They have a wide selection of all kinds of meats, cheeses and produce for good prices. There are little shops that offer prepared food. They ... read morecater to tourists with a wide selection of delicious refreshing and exotic juice combinations like my favorite dragonfruit and coconut! The juices are colorful and delicious and available for 1.50 each or 2 for 2 Euro.
- RossopomodoroGran Via de Les Corts Catalanes(C.c Las Arenas), 373, Barcelona, Spainrecommended RossopomodoroEco-conscious and part of the slow food movement. The food was good and in ample portions. We got the day menu which started with a full bowl of pasta that would have been enough for a meal in itself. ... read moreSeveral unique little touches make for a great overall dinning experience.
- El LaurelC/ Floridablanca, 140, Barcelona, Spainrecommended El LaurelTucked away in a less traveled part of town this spot could easily be missed on a trip to Barcelona if you didn't know where to look. I was originally introduced to Laurel's on a night out with some ... read morelocal friends. Argentinean style the restaurant features a unique selection of Argentinean empanadas. Each little pastry is a new experience of flavor and texture including blends like honey, corn and pumpkin and spinach and cheese. You can order a rainbow of different flavors! It's important to note here that the restaurant is rather tiny and VERY popular. I would recommend going at off times if you don't want to have to wait for a table alternatively you can call ahead to make a reservation.
- Bar Restaurante O Toxo 3 HermanosCarrer del Carme, 59, 08001 Barcelona, Spainrecommended Bar Restaurante O Toxo 3 HermanosAuthentic food in an authentic atmosphere! For traditional homemade style tapes and Catalan cuisine this is the place to try. The restaurant is several generations family run using family recipes. If ... read moreyou are not sure what to try they have a sampler of several traditional tapas dishes which is more than enough for two people. A real Barcelona taste experience!Yogic Traveler
Good food is everywhere in Barcelona! This is one if family run and has a great homemade feel and flavors.
- Las RamblasMonument a Colom in the south to Placa de Catalunya, Barcelona, CT Spainrecommended Las Ramblasto see and to be seen, but you should go there,Matthias Hagemann
be careful there are a lot of people with fast fingers - pickpokets, if you go to eat or drink look for the prices before las ramblas is not the cheapest place in Barcelona, a campground is in el masnau in main seasoon often very full.
- Barri GòticCatalan, Barcelona, CT 08002 Spainrecommended Barri Gòticgreat buildings, nice to walk arround
- Park GüellD'Olot, s/n, Barcelona, CT 08024 Spainrecommended Park Güellrealy beautiful even if you are not a arcitekture fan, it is nice to walk arroundrecommended Park GüellParc Güell a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the ... read moreyears 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí". Gayle and I made a special effort to come here when were in Barcelona, and we're really glad that we did. We arrived below via Bus Turistic and walked up the Hill. When we finally left after a few hours of happily wandering around, we decided to talk a nice long walk back to the Plaça de Catalunya. In between, we enjoyed the Dragon, climbing up to the Cross on the Hill, enjoyed the panoramic views of Sagrada Família, the Montjuïc area, and other parts Barcelona, listed to some really good street musicians, did a lot of people watching, and did a lot of inner park exploration. This was a really great (and free) Gaudí Park treat! The Park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Güell, whom the park was named after. It was inspired by the English garden city movement. The site was a rocky hill with little vegetation and few trees, called Muntanya Pelada (Bare Mountain). It already included a large country house called Larrard House and was next to a neighborhood of upper class houses called La Salut (The Health). The intention was to exploit the fresh air (well away from smoky factories) and beautiful views from the site, with sixty triangular lots being provided for luxury houses. Count Güell added to the prestige of the development by moving in 1906 to live in Larrard House. Ultimately, only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudí. One was intended to be a show house, but no buyers came forward. Gaudí, at Güell's suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and his father in 1906. This house, where Gaudí lived from 1906 to 1926, was built by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. It contains original works by Gaudí and several of his collaborators. It is now the Gaudí Museum (Casa Museu Gaudí). Parc Güell is skillfully designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The buildings flanking the entrance, though very original and remarkable with fantastically shaped roofs with unusual pinnacles, fit in well with the use of the park as pleasure gardens. They also seem relatively inconspicuous in the landscape when one considers the flamboyance of other buildings designed by Gaudí. The focal point of the park is the Main Terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaudí also incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry into this Park. Also around the park are structures that echo natural forms like tree trunks supporting branching vaults under the roadway or sloping columns designed similar way to his Church of Colònia Güell. It's all a fascinating experience and well worth repeated visits to figure it all out and enjoy the Park in various unique ways.Eric Brink
It's free and it's a wonder to walk around
recommended Montserratgreat view, nice hike, good for climbing, beautiful monastir
- La Sagrada FamíliaCarrer de Mallorca 401, Barcelona 08013, Spainrecommended La Sagrada Famíliaa must in Barcelona, still not finished but greatrecommended La Sagrada Famíliaa must in Barcelona, still not finished but greatrecommended La Sagrada FamíliaHere are a few lame reasons that I heard advising not to visit the most Stunning La Sagrada Familia (both Inside and Out):. IT'S TOO CROWDED! Gayle and I found the ticket line and the crowds inside to ... read morebe manageable when were where there in October and about 9 AM. We pretty much avoided the Gift Shop (as a line develops there too). And if you want that 2012 Sagrada Familia calendar (or similar), they're sold all over town. IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE! - It's well worth the splurge. The Basilica is funded exclusively by private donations and entry fees. Your admission helps pay for ongoing construction. Cash Only. THE OUTSIDE IS STUNNING ENOUGH! As Gayle and I came up on La Sagrada Famlia (via Bus Turistic), both the Nativity and Passion Facades were most impressive. So was all the ongoing construction and the realization that we were watching a Cathedral in the making. But trust me, the Inside is even better! A work in progress since 1882, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Church was formally consecrated on November 7, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. However, it's still a long way from a fully functioning house of worship and construction is expected to take another 30 years. Maybe I'll live long enough to walk through the Gloria Facade. Here are a few more observations: - The contrast between the Nativity Facade (Gaudi's original vision) and the Passion Facade (largely the work of sculptor Joseph Maria Subirachs starting in 1986) is dramatic and doubly inspiring. - Gayle and I were here on a Sunday and a choir was performing inside. That really enhanced the holiness of this Basilica and spiritual power of this space. Attending Mass would have been a bonus, but my guess is that Services are relegated to a smaller chapel and away from the Tourist hordes. - The scale of ongoing exterior construction (our admission money at work) reminded me of how amazing it is to witness a community of committed people with a vision, while working on a church that will not be finished in their lifetime. - Spend the extra money and take the Passion Elevator to see great views of the City and unique perspectives of this Church. And if you happen to visit Parc Güell (another Gaudi must see), notice La Sagrada Familia at the distance. - Visit the Museum. It's housed in what someday is intended to be the crypt and runs underground from the Nativity Facade to the Passion Facade. It tells the story of La Sagrada Familia and include plaster models, a workshop, and a commemoration of the Pope's visit (among other things). It's it educational, visually interesting, and much less crowded. - Check out the School. It's near the Passion Facade and was built by Gaudi for the children of workers building the Church. La Sagrada Familia is nothing short of being a representation of the Bible in Stone. And no set of pictures can fully capture its Glory. But I'll try......Eric Brink
Ditto!recommended La Sagrada FamíliaI can’t imagine seeing Sagrada Familia not being under construction in my lifetime. But that doesn’t matter, because it’s amazing as it is, and it’s such a rewarding feeling to see it with your own ... read moreeyes. You can’t stop admiring every little part of this incredible work of art. Being inside, gives you a feeling of partaking in some kind of ritual of observing something that only certain people are privileged to see. Visit the museum to learn about the vision that Gaudi had and compare some of his drawings to the sculptures you see outside. Go up one of the towers – you will be rewarded with some unusual views and details that you can’t see from the ground.
- A Fuego NegroCalle de Fermín Calbetón, 40, Donostia-San Sebastián, España
- La Cuchara de San TelmoCalle del Treinta y Uno de Agosto, 28, 20003 San Sebastián, Spain
- Casa BatllóPasseig de Gràcia 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
- Font Magica de MontjuïcFont Magica de Montjuïc, Av Maria Cristina, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
- Arxiu FotograficPlaça de Pons i Clerch, 2 08003 Barcelona Spainrecommended Arxiu FotograficThe Arxiu Fotographic de Barcelona was a real find. It's located on the second floor of the historical Convent de Sant Agusti and might be easy to miss if your plan is to visit the Museu de la ... read moreXocolata on the Ground Floor and not look up from your Hot Chocolate. Gayle was ready to move on when I suggested that we trudge up the stairs and see what the Arxui Fotgraphic had to offer. In fact, I initially went up by myself and only after raving about the photo exhibit by Jacques Leonard did she go up too. We were both very impressed with the black and white photos of the Gypsy community in Barcelona. And it was all Free!Eric Brink
Cool and Free
- Barcelona Picasso MuseumCarrer de Montcada 15-23, Barcelona, CT 08003 Spainrecommended Barcelona Picasso MuseumAfter arriving in Barcelona (via Train from Girona) and checking into our Hotel, the first thing Gayle wanted to do was visit the Museu Picasso. I was game, as I was still feeling the amazement after ... read moreseeing Guernica Painting a few weeks earlier at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Plus, this place is arguably the best collection in Spain of Picasso's work. And since he spent is formative years (14-21) in Barcelona, it's the best collection of his early works anywhere. I was initially disappointed that the Museu Picasso is a bit short of his works during the time of the Spanish Civil War. In some ways that's not surprising as Picasso vowed to never again set foot in Spain while Franco was alive. And since he died before that, Pablo never saw the great exhibit that his personal secretary (Jaume Sarbetes) spent years putting together (with Picasso's long distance help). This handsome building and displays of Picasso's early years were well worth the price of admission. It's all scattered through several palatial room over 2 floors. Gayle would tell you that I gravitated too fast to the "nudes" such as the "Dos Figuras y Un Gato" piece, but I was intrigued throughout, especially regarding some of his childhood works and the Blue Period. As with other key Spanish museums, photography is frowned upon, backpacks need to go in the Locker, and the gift shop offers lots of options. There was a line to get in, but it moved quickly. Museu Picasso was also one of the few places where my credit card didn't work and which the staff wasn't very nice about it. They warn you about credit card fraud in Barcelona, but in this case it was apparently just a fluke with their machine.Eric Brink
Worth a look...
- Basílica de Santa María del MarPlaça de Santa Maria 1,Barcelona., Spainrecommended Basílica de Santa María del MarWhen in Europe, it's sometimes easy for this American to get cynical. "Another Cute Village - Another Church" I might have said a few times. At the same time, it's easy to be impressed on how ... read moreseriously Catholics take their religion (at least historically) and how each sanctuary in unique and beautiful in its own way. My visit to the Church of Santa Maria del Mar was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Spain. It's not as big and ornate as the Barcelona Cathedral or as Gaudi Amazing as Sagrada Familia. However, I felt humbled, calm, inspired, and overwhelmed as I wandered around this Gothic gem. I felt like a spiritual whole, even with lots of tourists wandering around and with digital cameras blazing. So if I'm not Catholic, what am I? This Church is the proud centerpiece of La Ribera and the Born area. Del Mar means "of the sea" and that's where the money came from to build this Church in only 55 years. As I stepped in, I noticed the figures of workers carved into the big front doors. Unfortunately, some of those workers burned many of the furnishings during the Spanish Civil War, as a protest again the Church's support of Franco. Today, the Church is relatively stripped down, naked in all its Catalan Gothic Glory. The tree-like columns also inspired Gaudi, and you can see that connection when you visit Sagrada Familia. 16th Century sailors left models of their ships at the foot of the Altar for Mary's protection, and even today there's an old Catalan ship at her feet.Eric Brink
I love this Church....
- Taller de Tapas - Carrer de ArgenteriaCarrer de l'Argenteria 51, Barcelona 08003, Spainrecommended Taller de Tapas - Carrer de ArgenteriaThis is the Taller de Tapas that's located down the old silversmith's street in the Born district. The Building containing this modern, comfortable and office worker-friendly Tapas place dates from ... read morethe 16th Century and was once a Nun's Convent. It's a fun place to eat and an interesting place to watch people. In our case, there was a table full of boisterous British Lads at the next table. They were either in Town as Tourists or maybe to catch the FC Barcelona/Seville match that night? Gayle and I remember Taller de Tapas 3 different ways: - Sometimes slow service. - A time in our trip when we had both gotten on each others nerves and we took the opportunity to be honest about our feelings, talk it out, and move forward. - Various delicious dishes, of which every one struck a special note. Our tasty choices included: - Salad w/ Nuri's Goats' Cheese, Quince Jelly, and Toasted Almonds - Grilled Squid - Sauteed Spinach, Iberian Pancetta, and Chickpeas - Grilled Green Asparagus With Virgin Olive Oil - Sizzling Chorizos Braised in Asturian Cider - Patates Braves (Potatoes w/ Garlic Mayo & Spicy Smoked Paprika Sauce - Catalan Creme Brulee (Dessert) - Almond Tart With Sweet "Meus Amores" Wine (Dessert) The last 2 experiences together made our Saturday Lunch a treasured 5 Star memory.Eric Brink
A solid Tapas place among many.
- Bus TurísticCarrer 60, número 21-31, Barcelona, CT 08040 Spainrecommended Bus TurísticI'm not a Tour Bus type of guy, either within a City or as part of a European vacation. I prefer to drive a rental car out in the Country on my own schedule, and within Cities like Madrid or ... read moreBarcelona, I like to walk and use the Metro. And do I really want any of my friends to see me on top of a double-decker bus among the hordes of tourists? In Barcelona, I made a well-considered exception. Barcelona's attractions are incredibly spread out (much more so than Madrid) and some sights are not easily reached by the Metro or even the Bus. And since there was no way that our 3 day stay here could even scratch what there is to see here, I appreciated the chance to sample the various attractions by line of sight. One tour book refers to the visitor we tries to see all of Barcelona's attractions his/her own way by foot/bus/metro as the winner of the "Dumb Tourist of the Year" Award. Gayle and I concentrated on a few marque sights and we really appreciated the efficiency (and good driving) that Bus Turistic had to offer. The choice of sights on their routes and the audio explanations (in multiple languages) were also impressive. For us, the visits to Parc Guell, Basílica de la Sagrada Família, and Camp Nou/FC Barcelona (all on the Blue Route) were among our highlights. We also spent a fair amount of time on the Red Route, but unfortunately just ran out of time in our unrealistic hope to hop off the bus and see much more. We also walked quite a bit and particularly enjoyed our walks back from Parc Guell and along the Upper Ramblas in the L'Eixample neighbourhood. My only suggestion to the good folks at Bus Turistic is that they might want to consider running their bus routes in both directions. For example, on Sunday Afternoon, we tried to stop at the Joan Miro Museum in favour of Poble Espanyol a few stops back. Unfortunately, this Museum (and others) close early at 2:30 PM. To get back to Poble Espanol would have required a decent walk or taking the Red Route 4/5 of the way around again. We bought the 2 Day Pass for 30 Euros each and very much thought that we got our money's worth. The weather was nice and we met lots of interesting people, although even the off-season crowds (both on an off the bus) can be large and intense in places.Eric Brink
A good way to get around
recommended Camp NouCamp Nou is the Stadium home of FC Barcelona or Barça. Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture, hence the motto "Més que ... read moreun club" (More than a club). The official Barça anthem is the "Cant del Barça". Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate FC Barcelona. It is the world's second richest football club in terms of revenue. They also own a professional basketball team (who beat the Lakers last year) and operate an ice rink. The club holds a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid, and matches between the two teams are referred to as "El Clásico". On our last full day in Barcelona, Gayle and I got to pick a marque tourist attraction that we would spend some quality time. Her choice was Basílica de la Sagrada Família and mine was Camp Nou. In hindsight, she made the better choice (as Gaudi's Church is AMAZING), but I'm not complaining at all about the Camp Nou Experience. I'll also be the first to admit that I don't always "get" soccer and maybe in the same way that my British Friends don't understand Baseball. For them, I'll point to Game 6 of the recently completed 2011 World Series, and for me it's the 2011 Women's Soccer Semi-Final between Brazil and the USA. Back in the present, I was in Barcelona, so why not see for myself what all this World Champion excitement was all about? I also happened to catch the Barça/Seville Match on the Television the night before and definitely felt the love. Gayle (bless her heart) was very patient with me on this one and at 22 Euros each, such soccer greatness wasn't cheap. However, me and hundreds of others saw it all, including: - Posing for pictures in front of Trophies. - Standing amazed at a large room with nothing but trophies. - Experiencing Game Highlights in their Interactive Media Center. - Visiting the Locker and Press Rooms. - Seeing the Pitch up close at Field Level. - Feeling Humbled and Impressed By the Player's Chapel. - Sitting in the Seats at Various Stadium Levels. - Running Through the Tunnel to the "Cheers" of the Fans And when the Tour was over, you emerged right into the Team Store. The only thing I was missing at that point were 99 Euros for a Messi jersey and a boxed DVD set of Footballers' Wives.Eric Brink
- Montjuïc CastleCarretera de Montjuïc 66, Barcelona 08038, Spainrecommended Montjuïc CastleGo up to Montjuïc – great views, interesting fortress… check times for the fountain show at the base of the steps where the Palace building is – the fountain show is spectacular. While you are there ... read moreat Montjuïc, you can also visit Miro museum which is nice.
- AguaPasseig Marítim 30, Barcelona, CT 08003 Spain
- Passeig del BornPasseig del Born, Barcelona, 08003, Spainrecommended Passeig del BornThe Born district in Barcelona is cool and chic, with plenty of places to have tapas, shop, and generally hang out. It's far enough from the vomit-filled Ramblas to maintain a semblance of dignity and ... read moreclose enough to easily walk to. A winning neighborhood.Julia P
Hey there, the Born is a great area with lots of great restaurants.