Climbing Montjuïc, Barcelona

For our second (and last ? – for 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 Montjuïc…

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A broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top, Montjuïc 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 Montjuïc, 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 Música Catalana (C/ Palau de la Música, 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!

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