Saturday, 6 October 2012

Barcelona Frugal City Guide

Downloadable map, City Spy
Keeping in the Spanish frame of mind, I thought I'd share my top Barcelona spots - a MUST VISIT place if you have not been! You can get really reasonable flights on Easyjet and the subway from Barcelona airport goes straight into town.

Here are the top tips I keep on file should any of my friends decide to go:

Boqueria - this is an amazing indoor market in the centre of Barcelona, just off Las Ramblas. An absolute feast for the senses and great to mingle with all the local traders.
 
Sagrada Familia
, great to see, but quite expensive to go in (around €20 each) and the best architecture can be seen from the outside...

Parc Guell – we loved walking around here, the park designed by Gaudi: surreal, mad colours and amazing views. And best of all - FREE. I would do this early as you have to climb a huge hill so best not to do in the heat of the day.



Tapas in Barcelona is amongst the best I've ever had – I would rather do all these restaurants again over the sights...


Catalanaif you only do one restaurant, do this. It is BUZZING and full of people both inside and on the streets, all waiting for a table.....the trick is to go, put your name on the list and then go back (or stay and drink) but it is worth it, which is why there are so many people waiting! The tapas is amazing – and great value (Spanish know a good thing when they see it) - we loved the croquetas jamon (ham & potato croquettes) and the calamari. 
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Bar Lobo – on street called Pintor Fortuni - just off Las Ramblas, v trendy restaurant but still great value. Tapas with a twist, we loved the raw tuna and guacamole and Calamari Andalusian.



Bar Velodromo
– on Calle Muntaner, we loved this place – bit of a walk but worth it. Very Art Deco, like The Wolseley in London, or Pastis in NYC.....very Spanish – their croquetas jamon were the best.


Cafe L'Academia - tucked away on the backstreets of the Gothic Quarter, this restaurant serves modern Catalan cuisine and is always very busy - a  good sign!
"Oh my god it was good. I could have stayed there all day!" - May Frost, Freelance Journalist

For great value places to stay, I would recommend Trivago and Airbnb.

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