Climbing Montju√Įc, Barcelona

For our second (and last ? Рfor this time at least) day in Barcelona, we were determined to keep to exploration going.

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But even the most seasoned of explorers knows that you won’t get¬†anywhere on an empty stomach, so we first set off in search of breakfast.

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Which we found at the ultimate Barcelona food Mecca, La Boqueria (La Rambla, 91).

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Freshly pressed juice, fruit, fish, meat, the most beautiful fresh produce the city has to offer is to be found there.

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If you’re lucky, you might even be able to pull up a pew at one of the very sought after tapas bars located in and around the market place and call patatas bravas and padron peppers brekkie like we did…

Not the healthiest¬†start to the day you say? You really needn’t worry about that…

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Because the plan (besides stumbling upon gorgeous golden-light-bathed colonial-style buildings) was to climb all the way up Montju√Įc…

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A broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top, Montju√Įc can be accessed via a variety of funicular and cable car options…

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But you’d miss out on those¬†incredible views of the harbour and the southwest part of the city centre!

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Not to mention the heavenly smell of jasmine, rose and wild flowers filling the air!

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Keep climbing and very soon, the entire city is at your feet in all its 50 shades of pink glory!

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Though the views on the way down are no less magical!

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Back down to see level, the shade of Barcelona’s narrow streets is more appealing than ever…

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Our grumbly stomachs led our feet to Morro Fi (Consell de Cent 171) for one last tapas-and-vermouth feast before heading back to London.

The perfect, laid back ending to a perfect, laid back weekend!

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Climbing Montju√Įc, Barcelona

Walking in Barcelona

They say it about Paris, but the truth is, Barcelona is also always a good idea.

It’s small enough so you can walk pretty much anywhere, and the more you wander, the more you’ll discover.

No matter what your feet take you, there’s plenty of little streets to get lost in and always something nice to do/see/eat/drink/shop.

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Coffee (con leche) and croissant at family-run Pastisseria Escriba (La Rambla, 83) is a good place to start.

With its wonderful & wonky sweet creations and its amazing art deco storefront, it’s the perfect place to ease into the architectural and sensasory overload that is Barcelona… before setting out to explore¬†the real deal!

 

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aka. Gaudi’s wonderfully crazy (crazily wonderful?) creations.

His most famous ¬†piece is¬†the Sagrada Familia (which should you want to visit, you’ll¬†to book well ahead – as in, months ahead – of your trip as tickets run out veeeeeeery quickly!), but smaller, more accessible¬†masterpieces are studded around the city.

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Including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Casa Milà (Provença, 261-265)

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And my personal favourite, the colourful, ceramic covered Casa Battló (Passeig de Gràcia, 43).

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When the sun gets higher in the sky and the temperatures rise, seek shelter in the narrow shaded streets of El Born.

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Take your time as your explore.

Slow down your pace, take a peek into small courtyards and go down tiny streets that seem to go nowhere.

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You never know what treasures you’ll find, be it incredible street art…

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… or some lovely shop (Impossible (Carrer d’en Tantarantana, 16)¬†being quite the textbook example) that’ll make you consider getting a checked-in piece of luggage on the spot!

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Make a pitstop for lunch at Can Cisa/Bar Brutal (Carrer de la Princesa, 14), a beautiful, informal bodega-style wine bar.

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Pull up a seat at the cosy bar or take a pew at one of the wooden tables.

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Take your peak of the 300-something-strong international organic or biodynamic wine list.

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(some of which comes straight out of the barrel and into wall-mounted taps!).

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And then a few bits to share…

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Fruity purple olives, pork rillettes with crisp flatbread, smoky chorizo…

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Gorgeous anchovy fillets.

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And the most amazing porchetta sandwich there ever was.

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Then walk it off while taking in a few more architectural wonders!

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Take a look at the majestic Arc de Triomf (Passeig de Lluís Companys).

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Explore every inch of orange-tree shaded Parc de la Ciutadella…

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Or if you feel so inclined, take it to the Gothic Quarter’s streets again!

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Relish into the quiet of the streets and take advantage of locals and visitors being respectively enjoying their daily siesta and turning themselves into a bright red lobster on the beach to tick off a few more sights off your list.

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The stunning neo-gothic ‘Bishop’s Bridge’ (Carrer del Bisbe 1) ranks very high on my list.

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But then again, not quite as high as the un-missable¬†Palau de la M√ļsica Catalana (C/ Palau de la M√ļsica, 4-6)!

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Stroll slowly down towards to the seafront, stopping at Mercat del Born (Plaça Comercial, 12), a former market-come-city-museum on the way.

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One more pitstop at¬†Vioko (Carrer del Sombrerers, 3) for a few scoops of Barcelona’s best ice cream…

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Then go bury your feet into the sand at one of the nearby beaches!

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When the sun goes down and the sky turns all kinds of glorious pastel shades, it’s almost time for the best part of the day!

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By which I obviously mean: tapas!

Now, there are many tapas bars in Barcelona, but my favourite is a little local gem called Jai-Ca (Carrer de Ginebra, 7, 9 y 13), where you can truly feast on the best small plates the city has to offer at a very reasonable price.

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Miracle of the century, they also take table reservations. All you have to do is messaging them on Facebook and then make the most of it by ordering up a storm!

Jamon, croquetas, fried artichoke, crispy chipirones, seafood a la plancha… No matter what you go for, you’ll go home really full and very, very food-happy indeed!

Walking in Barcelona

Barcelona Day 3 | Photo Diary | Palau G√ľell, Park G√ľell & La Boqueria again!

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Aaaaand that was unfortunately the end of our trip to sunny Spain (I had everything crossed in the plane but it didn’t prevent London from being cold and wind-ey when we landed…)!

Barcelona Day 3 | Photo Diary | Palau G√ľell, Park G√ľell & La Boqueria again!

Typographia | Shopping | Barcelona

I don’t usually write reviews of stores here. But I had such a crush on¬†Typographia¬†(both the space and the Tshirts!) that I had to share it! Also because it might just be the solution to¬†one of the major problems in my life: what present to give to all my male friends?!Cake + Whisky | Barcelona shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | Typographia

What: Brilliant graphic T-Shirts for all the men in your life! + the only tourist T-Shirt you can actually wear in real life without looking like those guys

How much: 18.5‚ā¨ each

Where: Typographia, Carrer de la Mare de Deu del Coll, 2, Barcelona (closest station: Lesseps). And they ship to Europe and beyond via their website!

Typographia | Shopping | Barcelona

Irati Taverna Basca | Pintxos* | Barcelona

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Tip: As usual with Barcelona’s tapas bar, don’t be afraid to claim your spot at the bar! Ask the staff for a plate and get stuck in!¬†

What to order: My favourite was the duck terrine & confit orange croissant, but the tortilla and anchovy ones were also really good!

How much: Each pintxos costs 2‚ā¨. For a light lunch, you’ll want 6-8 pintxos/person, so the bill should be around 15‚ā¨ pp + drinks.

Where: Irati Taverna Basca,¬†Carrer del Cardenal Casa√Īas, 17, 08002 Barcelona

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Barcelona Day 2 | Photo Dairy | Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, La Monumental…

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Barcelona Day 1 | Ciutat Vella, La Barceloneta, the best ice cream and ALL the tapas!!

After all the tapas-sampling and general face-stuffing¬†at the Boqueria market, a little stroll accross the city was more than welcome. For digestive purposes, obviously.¬†But we might¬†have stumbled upon a few more foodie gems while wandering in the Old Townsndguerin-barcelona-day-1-1Palm trees are everywhere in Barcelona: it multiplies the “holiday feeling” by about 100 and made me oh so happy!¬†sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-13The same also applies to orange trees…sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-8sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-3It was the middle of the afternoon (aka siesta time!), so it felt a bit like walking in a ghosts’ city… only a very specific kind, full of old stones, amazing (mainly gothic) buildings and green little courtyards!¬†sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-4sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-5sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-7sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-2I especially loved the area around Barcelona Cathedral. Look at how beautiful the cathedral itself is, it’s quite impossible not to fall in love! Unfortunately, we couldn’t get inside as there was a wedding that day, so we headed to the Arc de Triomf¬†and more palm trees instead, before plunging back into Barcelona’s small streets!sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-14sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-15A little close-up for you to truly appreciate the beauty of it!¬†sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-16sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-19sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-20Wish I could have brought one of those street lamps home!¬†sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-9Another highlight was the former El Born market, which is now home to several exibitions on Barcelona’s story.¬†sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-12sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-10sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-11Perfect mix of old (the foundations of the former market building) and new (industrial design¬†ūüėć),¬†Barcelona, you sure know how to reach¬†my heart!¬†sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-18sndguerin-barcelona-day-1-17Wonderful windows and colourful street art never hurts either! But Barcelona’s true hidden gem? Vioko!¬†sndguerin-vioko-barcelona-4sndguerin-vioko-barcelona-2sndguerin-vioko-barcelona-5As usual, the most difficult part was to choose a reasonable number of flavours to taste!¬†sndguerin-vioko-barcelona-3Oh, and not getting tempted by the macaroons was quite a challenge as well!¬†sndguerin-vioko-barcelonaIn the end, we settled for T√Ļron (chocolate & hazelnut, really not my thing but my boyfriend loved it!), Mojito (very fresh and mint-ey, would work wonder in the summer!), Grapefruit & jasmine (so fresh and fragrant!) and Creme Catalana (a must-order! I was a bit scared it might be a tourist trap, but it ended up being my favourite of the lot!).¬†sndguerin-shopping-happy-pills-barcelonaEn route, we also stopped inside the most adorable sweets’ shop I’ve ever seen (and trust me, I’ve visited A LOT of those!). Happy pills is somewhat of a cross between a pharmacie (white walls, prescription bottles…) and a candy shop (ALL the candy!). You just have to fill your little bottles with your favourite sweets, pick a label to put at the front and tadaaaaah, you suddently have magic candy that would make about anything in your life just a little better (yes, even if your fave football team loses their big game!). A brilliant idea really, and it would make for terrific gifts too, wouldn’t it?!

After a little siesta, we were in mood to get in with the locals, so we headed to the tapas joint recommended by our Airbnb hosts: Jai-Ca, a tapas bar loved by locals and visitors alike! (sorry for the drop in picture quality btw, but Barcelona simply isn’t as blogger-ready as London when it comes to food pics… so if you want to be treated like a local, you better act like one!)sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapasOnce again, it’s a bit of a dare-or-die sort of place, so do face your fears and fight off the crowd to get seats, and don’t be afraid of flagging waiters whenever you’re ready to order! And whatever happens, do get a platefull of Patatas Jai-Ca! Hands down the best bravas I’ve had in Barcelona!sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapas-bravasWhen you’re at it, you should also order my favourite: Chipirones!¬†They are deep-fried baby squid, but if you don’t tell your date, I’m giving you my words they’ll never guess it!!¬†sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapas-chipironnesThrow in some Buttifara (sausage with white beans), a couple of plates of Padron Peppers and maybe some croquetas and you should end up very full indeed!¬†sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-tapas-buttafaraFinish things off with a Caff√© con Leche…¬†and maybe one or two cheeky chipitos?sndguerin-jai-ca-barcelona-coffeeThe best thing about Jai-Ca though? There’s no need to¬†worry about the bill: somehow, it always end up being lower than you expected it to be (we payed about 30‚ā¨ for two with drinks). Delicious food, cracking atmosphere, lovely staff and CHEAP?¬†I have just one word: GO!!

Addresses:

Vioko, Passeig Don Joan Borbó Comte Barcelona, 55, 08003 Barcelona

Happy Pills, Carrer dels Arcs, 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Jai-Ca, Carrer de Ginebra, 13, 08003 Barcelona

Barcelona Day 1 | Ciutat Vella, La Barceloneta, the best ice cream and ALL the tapas!!