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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Barcelona Day 3 | Photo Diary | Palau Güell, Park Güell & 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 Güell, Park Güell & La Boqueria again!

Barcelona Day 1|La Boqueria market

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you already know that I took off for sunny Barcelona last weekend… The truth is, it was a bit of a “get-up-and-go” sort of trip, with very little planning involved: all we knew is that we needed to get some sun, and loads and loads of tapas (obviously).

So we booked tickets, settled on staying with great Airbnb hosts and pinned a few things on a brand new Barcelona board before jumping in a plane! We arrived rather late on Friday evening and went -almost- straight to bed (after a few croquetas, because we have very clear priorities in life!!).

In true Spanish fashion, we woke up late and (see above priorities) headed to the world-famous Boqueria market for a taste of the best food the city has to offer!

sndguerin-boqueria-juiceWe grabed juice (each cup was 1€, so we might have had several…) and wandered along the stalls, oh-ing and ah-ing and pointing fingers. My mum would certainly not approve of such a behaviour, but everything was looking so fresh, colourful and incredible that I couldn’t help myself. Meat, fish, veggies, La Boqueria is like heaven for any foodies and I just wanted to take it all in. So that’s what I did, happy-snappy style!sndguerin-boqueria-meat-1sndguerin-boqueria-meat-2sndguerin-boqueria-meat-3Dreaming up a little barbecue right there! sndguerin-boqueria-fish-3sndguerin-boqueria-fish-1Some of the most beautiful fish I’ve ever seen…sndguerin-boqueria-fish-2As well as some of the scariest one!Obligatory chorizo, ham and salsichon… sndguerin-boqueria-olivesOlives wherever you looked… sndguerin-boqueria-eggsCreative egg displays… sndguerin-boqueria-spicesFragrant spices… La Boqueria really has it all! And then there’s the fruit… sndguerin-boqueria-fruit-1sndguerin-boqueria-fruit-5sndguerin-boqueria-fruit-4Piles upon piles of fruit! sndguerin-boqueria-fruit-2sndguerin-boqueria-fruit-3And then some more! sndguerin-boqueria-fruit-6I could happily have gone for a full box of those beauties for lunch, but we thought loading up on more croquetas was a good idea, so we headed to Bar Boqueria, one of the tapas counters nestled inside the market itself.

sndguerin-bar-boqueria-5If you happen to see an empty seat, JUMP on it! The small counter is so popular that you might have to wait for a bit, but don’t be afraid to settle in by yourself as soon as you get an opportunity!

sndguerin-bar-boqueria-6Then you can indulge in some menu-reading with a side of serious plancha-cooking action!! Those guys are incredibly quick, so before you know it, you’ll be presented with all the delicious treats you’ve picked!
sndguerin-bar-boqueria-1Jamon croquetas are obviously a must-have. sndguerin-bar-boqueria-2We also threw in a plate of grilled red peppers… you know, for the vitamins! sndguerin-bar-boqueria-3And some zucchini tortilla too! sndguerin-bar-boqueria-4Plus obligatory patatas bravas!

I loved the Boqueria Market and its atmosphere. So much that I had to be dragued out to go and explore the city…

And this only worked because 1. a walk seemed like a great way to digest this first round of tapas before we went for more. 2. I knew there was also terrific ice cream to be had later that day (best ice cream I’ve ever had. Coming soon on the blog, stay tuned!) 3. I was promised we’d go back before the end of the weekend!

Mercat de la Boqueria, La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Mon-Sat, 8:00-5:00

Barcelona Day 1|La Boqueria market