Barcelona is an amazing city with different neighborhoods to explore and experience. We were staying in the newer part of the city which was further away from the gothic neighborhood, but closer to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
We enjoyed going to Verdaguer Cafe across the street from our hostel and the metro it was a convenient cafe. Good food and nice staff.
I don’t like Ham, there I said it. However, I do love Jamon.
The Ham in Spain is out of this world. The pigs are well cared for and the pigs get to roam the country side and stuff themselves on hazelnuts.
We went to the Jamon Experience. It is located on Rambla de les Flors 88-94.
They have cava for 12 a bottle and you can try the different jamons and then order one to eat. It was honestly a mind blowing experience. That was the night that I fell in love with jamon.
The friend that I traveled with is a huge FC Barca fan, because of this we went to the Camp Nou Experience. It was really fun and I encourage all to go who have the time. Like with most attractions you should get there early as possible, the later it gets the more people arrive.
We also took a day trip to Girona, it is a pretty town with great architecture. Give yourself time to explore. From Girona you can hit a nice beach after a 40 min bus ride.
Park Guell is worth the 7 euros to go inside. My recommendation is go as soon as it opens, the crowds are so few this early that you can obtain great photos and really see everything. When we were leaving there were tour buses of people entering and it was getting crowded.
Sagrada Familia is beautifully fascinating . The fact that they are still working on it decades later is very interesting. The stained glass windows are probably the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Near Sagrada Familia on Avinguda Diagonal ( #303) is a really great Colombian restaurant called Restaurante Mi Rincon.
The story of Gaudi is fascinating I highly recommend learning about his life. We went on a ‘bohemian’ walking tour (donation based) where our guide discussed the artists and writers that made Barcelona their home and left their mark on the city and country. It was a couple hours well spent.
The metro in Barcelona was easy to use and we solely used the metro except for after 2 am it shut down so we had to use a taxi but it was under 10 euro to get from the gothic neighborhood to where our hostel was.
Near our hostel there was a restaurant and bar called Loria. The address is Roger de LLuria 35 – they have amazing cocktails. I would recommend going there. It was a fun atmosphere with beautiful decor.
I mentioned previously about the donation based walking tour and I want to give you a bit more information on it. They meet everyday at the Travel Bar C/de la Boqueria 27 in the Gothic Neighborhood. The tours were informative on history and current day events. It is a fun way to learn about the city you are visiting. We found these in most cities we visited.
The gothic neighborhood is full of crooked alley ways and it is easy to get lost. We found a favorite bar while we were there. Nevermind 2. Its a great divey bar where they give you free popcorn or you can purchased 2 euro hamburgers – talk about a deal. The drinks are delicious and the beer flows easy. This was a fun place to go and if you are in Barna you have to check it out.