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Barcelona itinerary please help

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We are going to Barcelona over the Long weekend. We would be travelling from London…so no jet lag. I have been reading the numerous posts and the trip reports and we have come up with a basic itinerary.

We would really appreciate comments on our accommodation (particularly the ease for walking back to our apartment late in the night), our itinerary and restaurant choices.

We are a couple in our mid-thirties and like history, architecture and art. However ould also enjoy walking around the city and being on the beach.

I have tried Spanish food twice (I know!) and unfortunately I am not too crazy about it. I found it too greasy. I am hoping that I have had two bad experiences…and I am sure it has nothing to do with the kind of cuisine it is. I am usually very happy to eat all different kinds of food…and I can’t think of any cuisine that I don’t like. As long as I can get some veg options I am happy.

We are staying at

Retrome Barcelona (it has good reviews). We got it for a deal of 100euros/night including breakfast…which I thought was a good rate.

It’s location: Carrer Girona, 85, Barcelona

It does have a metro stop within a minute...however if we were to come back late in the night at around 1:00- 1:30…would the metro be running?

Our Itinerary

4th May: reach at around 10:00 pm and go out for a stroll…what would be the best area to go to. We would like to get some dinner…I am a vegetarian and my husband eats some fish and chicken.

Could someone please recommend a place? We would be happy to spend around 70-80 euros without drinks. However by our standards it is a slightly expensive meal and it would have to be special for us to do so.

Should we take the two dayhop on hop off bus pass starting from 5th or 6th? A lot of people on fodors said that it was a better option than using public transport. We are not too crazy about hop on hop off buses…though we did enjoy them in New York (the only place where we did). Please suggest…

5th May:

11:00 am- Runners Beam tour of the old City. A lot of people on this site have recommended them and they have got good reviews on tripadvisor as well. I did look at the BCN tourist office tours…but they have a limited time table and our days don’t match.

Lunch at El Casal…which has 10 euros lunch menu which are supposed to be quite good…it’s in El Born near the church of Santa Maria Del Mar. Would this be a good choice?

Picasso Museum: after 3 on Sundays is free. Honestly from what little I have seen of Picasso I am not too crazy about his paintings. However G seems to enjoy his work…and I am hoping that seeing where he lived and getting to know more about him might help me appreciate his work more. Not that I understand art all that much…
I was tempted to forgo the free entrance and go for the guided tours that they run daily…however I was wondering if the audio guide wouldn’t be good enough. Has anyone done these tours….what do you feel would be the value add of taking the guided tour?

Parc Montjuic:

Magic Fountain: Only open on Sunday for us…from 9:00 to 11:30 pm
Is it better to see the fountains during day time or after night fall or both?

Use the cable car to get up there

The downside of going here on a Sunday is that the Joan Miro museum would be closed by the time we get there. As I said earlier we are still exploring our tastes in art. I have gone on the website and looked at some of his work and it does look pretty spectacular. Maybe we can go back on Tuesday (should we get the hop on hop off for 6th and 7th?)

Is the castle there worth visiting? Will we get spectacular sunset from the castle if it is a clear day? Do we need to plan our visit around that?

We also wanted to go to the Flamenco show- Tablo Carmmen. I am a little unsure about it though. A lot of people on trip advisor have really enjoyed it and have said it is worth it. However I am quite sure that we would be soon going to Andalusia and maybe it would be a better idea to go to a show there. Also going for the show gives us a chance to see Poble Espanayol.

We were planning to go for the 21:30 show which ends at 22:30…can we come to the magic fountains after the show?

Is the Olympic park worth going to?

Day 2: 6th May

Start with Runners Beam Gaudi walk at 11:00

Any recommendations for a quick lunch?

Take the metro to Sagrada Familia (should we pre book the tickets). A friend of ours said it is not really worth going inside…though I find that hard to believe.

Sagarda familia+ casa gaudi – is it worth going to Casa Gaudi (10:00- 8:00pm)…

Sagarda Familia: Open 9:00- 8:00pm

Is it worth going up to the tower? It says that one can’t book the tickets in advance for the tower…is there usually a queue?

Casa Battlo: Are the late night openings worth it? Would one need to go both during the day and the night? Or does one get to visit the whole museum even during the night visit?
Open daily till 9:00.

La Pedrera : open 9:00 to 8:00 (last admission 7:30)

In the evening g o to Parc Guell – from 8:00 to 9:00pm

We have a 9:30 reservation at Gut. Do you think we would have enough time to do justice to Parc Guell?

Stroll around Las Ramblas…
Day 3

7th May:

If we have missed out on anything from the day before we could go there…then go to the beach and probably Joan Miro museum.

Lunch at El Quim de la Boqueria

For dinner we are trying to decide between Paco Meralgo or Montiel restaurant. If there is a really special place then we could spend about 70-80 euros without please feel free to suggest.

Please let us know what you think about the itinerary. Is there something that we have completely missed out on?

Thanks a lot!

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