We have been taking a break from Fodor’s for the past month as it just wasn’t fun anymore. But I wanted to pay back those that gave us the great tips, and help others planning a trip to Barcelona and San Sebastian.
This will be a brief trip report covering the places we went and any tips we can pass on.
Photos are here for Barcelona: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pug_girl/sets/72157644215874841/
And here for San Sebastian: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pug_girl/sets/72157644330328153/
I spent a lot of time planning as we hadn’t been to Spain before and I wanted to eat some great food and hit certain spots for photography.
We pre-booked most of our meals in Barcelona and ate some amazing food as I will comment on below.
I pre-booked the following sights: Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Palau Musique de Catalania
I would highly recommend pre-booking unless you want to be there right at opening or later in the afternoon. The lines for La Sagrada Familia were RIDICULOUS.
Day 1 12 April
Landed in Barcelona at around 10:30, picked up our luggage and headed for the taxi queue. After hearing all the bad press about petty crime in Barcelona we were a bit paranoid and so just decided to pay the €30 for acab to our door. Worked out perfectly.
We stayed at Hotel Gaudi http://www.hotelgaudi.es/
Nou de la Rambla, 12
Ph. 0034.93.3179032 Fax 0034.93.4122636
Great little budget hotel – we paid just over €100 a night for 4 nights and it included a decent breakfast. We enjoyed the location as it was just across from Palau Guell, about half a block from La Rambla and easy to get to anywhere using the Metro.
Our room wasn’t ready so we wandered around La Rambla looking for the roving gangs of pick pickets and happily didn’t see any. For the entire trip. In fact, we thought that Barcelona felt safer and cleaner than Paris! Maybe we were lucky, but hopefully they are cleaning up the city…?
After a coffee in Placa Reial we headed back and checked into our room. Basic, nothing special, but served its purpose.
From there we headed to Gracia for our first lunch at Somodo
Calle Ros de Olano, 11 08012
Reservas: 934 156 548
This place was amazing. They only serve a tasting menu on Sat at lunch for €25 each. This includes 2 chef’s ‘tapas’, a fish dish, a meat dish, cheese dish, pre-dessert and dessert…and petit-fours. And the quality was amazing. This was our best meal of the trip and the price was ridiculous for what you got. They only have about 6 tables and you need to phone to reserve. The photos at the beginning of the report above.
From there we didn’t have anything else planned for the day so we decided to walk back to the Barri Gothic and see the cathedral. It was a lovely walk and we stopped at a Vermuth Bar to try out this beverage. Enjoyed them very much and then went to the Cathedral where there was a fabulous band playing and dancing going on in the square.
We took photos in and around the cathedral and then made our way to lively bar in the area where we enjoyed a cava for me and a beer for Scott. Met a lovely couple from Yorkshire who were celebrating a special birthday. They treated us to ‘the best mojito in Barcelona’ and I have to say it was delicious and such a nice gesture.
We had reservations at Tickets that night and I would highly recommend the effort to get the reservation. You need to call at midnight Spanish time exactly 60 days from the time you want the reservation. Apparently they sell out in about 10 mins.
After refreshing at the hotel we hopped on the Metro and got to the restaurant about 30 mins too early so were forced to have a cava and beer at a local café where Barcelona was playing another Spanish team and not doing too well.
We headed to Tickets and were seated at one of the many bars around the restaurant. Our server was a lovely girl that explained that we could either order a la carte or she could just bring us courses until we were full. We went with this option and it was amazing. She first spent quite a bit of time asking about what our likes and dislikes were and then we were off! You can see our pics of most of the courses in the links above. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere a lot of fun. I think we ended up paying about €130 including a bottle of wine. Less than we were expecting given the amount of courses and the quality so we were happy customers.
Ended the night with a cava and beer on the La Rambla at a horrendously expensive tourist trap, but the people watching was fun.
More to come…
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