Whenever possible I like to make a trip to the mainland. As residents we are entitled to cheap flights so booking a getaway, last minute or otherwise, needn’t cost an arm or a leg. In fact, I can get a return trip from the South Airport to Barcelona for just a few Euros.
Similarly, with accommodation, I like quality but object to paying 200€ a night to stay in the city centre, especially as I know that using the metro is very easy. After a little searching with Trivago I finally booked the Amray Diagonal for 3 nights; it is in a great location a few metres from the Torre Agbar, which you can use as a landmark from most parts of the city. The metro is a 5-minute walk and using Line 1 you are only 4 stops from Plaça de Catalunya where you can then go down La Rambla or take the Bus Turistic, which will ensure you see all the major sites and wonderful architecture in the city.
DAY ONE – Take the Bus
The tourist bus starts outside El Corte Inglés in Plaça de Catalunya and there are three coloured routes that are interchangeable. You can hop on and off as many times as you like, and there are 6 stops where you can change from one colour route to another. To complete all three routes will take about 6 hours and as it works out cheaper to buy a 2 days travel card than a one day, this is what I would recommend and use your second day to stop off at the places that caught your eye first time around. Also, weather permitting try to get a seat on the open top deck.
The RED Route includes amongst its highlights Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Passeig de Gracia; Sants Station, Fundacio Joan Miro, the Funicular, and Barri Gotic.
The BLUE Route takes you round some of the popular shopping areas, past the Olympic Stadium and Village, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia. For art lovers the MACBA and for football lovers FC Barcelona Stadium.
The GREEN Route concentrates on the area around Poblenou but it only runs from April to September
DAY TWO – Back on the Bus
If you bought a 2-day bus ticket, you can visit all of the sites you found so interesting yesterday. Even after several visits, our list is still pretty long!
DAY THREE – Go Walkabout
The Rambla is the best-known landmark in Barcelona. Winding down from the Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus statue. If you like markets then La Boqueria, the city’s most famous market is a must. The Barri Gòtic is full of small streets in which to get lost and if like us you like you art, the Picasso Museum is in this area. A little more of a crush is the famous Sagrada Familia the crowds seem to be here no matter what time of year. At just under €20 I think the cost of admission is a bit high and although not a cheapskate I actually prefer the Park Guell for under €5. Still I suppose that is art v religion 😦 It all depends on what your taste is.
For me, Barcelona is one of the nicest cities in Europe and I don´t even have to go site seeing, it is pleasure enough just wandering haphazardly and getting to know its charming streets and squares.
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