Bring On Barça !
We’ve recently just got back from one of our favourite cities, Barcelona. A nice little break to end the year before all the madness of Christmas. Upon arrival at El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona airport, the weather was dreadful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so wet.
We usually get pre-arranged transfers when booking accommodation here, this time we hopped on the Aerobus. You can catch these direct from terminals 1 and 2. Our destination was Plaça Universitat and our hotel would be another H10, this time the H10 Universitat. You can read our review of this hotel here H10 Universitat, Barcelona.
By the time we’d finished travelling and settling in to our hotel it was gone 4pm. We decided even though it was still raining to brave the weather and head out for a walk. La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter our destination. After a little wander and soaking wet we were starting to get hungry. Tapas just wasn’t going to satisfy us, we hadn’t eaten anything since a small breakfast at around 5am the same morning.
Burgers, Bravas And Beer
If you love a good burger, be it meat, vegan or veggie then you have to try Bacoa when you visit Barcelona. This place is the business. To order your food you pick up a small menu with tick boxes (pencils provided) and basically build your own burger and choose your sides. They even make their own bravas and spicy sauce. Once you’ve finished choosing take your slip over to the counter, grab a drink (we recommend a local beer Moritz) and pay. You then get handed a small device that tells them where to take your order once you sit at a table.
I opted for a wild boar burger with bacon, onion relish, cheese and their famous ‘Bravas Brutales’ for a side. These are next level Patatas Bravas made using Chorizo and Catalan sausage. Incredible and delicious. Vicky went for a more traditional burger with Truffle mayo and a side of fries.
With a belly full of food we walked back to our hotel to dry off and grabbed a nice warm shower. We get to start exploring the city properly tomorrow.
Day One – Cadafalch And Sant Jordi
We woke early and got ready for a day of adventure. The rain had stopped which was great. Our first visit today would be Casa de les Punxes an absolutely gorgeous building designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Built to resemble a medieval castle with its iconic pointy towers. Here you will learn all about the architect himself and the history of the people who lived here. You will also learn the fascinating story of Sant Jordi (St George) and his connection to the people of Catalunya.
We took part in an audio guided tour which cost us €12.50 each and was a ton of fun and very interesting. After the tour you get to go on the roof and explore inside the towers and look out across the streets. This place is well worth the visit and we will be telling you about another building designed by Puig i Cadafalch in our next blog.
A Man Called Gaudi
A short walk from here is La Sagrada Familia. I am sure I don’t have to tell you all about this mind-blowing monument. Probably Antoni Gaudí’s most famous work and a hot spot for tourists from across the globe. We always visit here every time we come to Barcelona to check on its progress. The one thing noticed that was different from last time is that two of the roads that wrap around the building are now blocked off from traffic. They also have a heavy police and security presence. More than we’ve ever seen before. No doubt due to the horrific act of terrorism on La Rambla in 2017.
I’ve been a fan of Gaudí ever since my first visit to Barcelona so I never get bored looking at his creations. I might even write a guide to the works of Gaudí at some stage. One thing that I have been itching to see though for sometime is his tomb.
Unfortunately Gaudí was tragically killed in June of 1926 whilst walking to church. He was hit by a tram and because he wasn’t immediately recognised due to lack of ID and worn clothing he was thought to be a beggar so didn’t receive immediate help. He died a couple of days later and was buried here, in the crypt.
In the museum underneath there are small viewing windows so you can gaze down on his eternal resting place. On our last visit this was closed off. This time however, it was open. I was completely taken back. I felt happy but kind of sad. It was great to finally see it.
We left here just after lunch time and I knew of a great little tapas place nearby we could stop for a bite to eat. Casa Angela is a fairly new place I believe so we decided to try it out. Did you say you wanted more food photos ? Go on then if you insist.
We ordered a couple of croquettes, a dish of Bravas, Chorizo sausages and two beers. This came to just over €20. If you know the places to go and do a bit of research, avoid all the tourist traps you will eat well. Add this place to your list.
We finished the day shopping and just generally walking around. Some of the shops and buildings were all decorated for Christmas which was great to see. The main lights weren’t to be switched on until a day after we returned home.
Pizza Si Us Plau !
Dinner this evening was pizza. Yes, pizza in Barcelona. The only reason for this was because we knew there was a L’antica Pizzeria da Michele in the city like the one in Naples. If you’ve heard of this place then you will know how famous it is.
Having eaten pizza at the one in Naples earlier in the year, Guide To Naples, Part One , we just had to see how good it was in Barcelona. Would it compare ?
Well, let me tell you it was just as good, tasty traditional Neapolitan pizza. There are more pizza toppings for you to choose from on this menu rather than the two on offer in its spiritual home. It was slightly more expensive though which we did expect, almost twice the price of what it cost in Naples, it was still very much worth the visit.
I think we will leave it there for the first part of our trip back to Barcelona. We still have lots more to share with you. And yes, more food photos. We hope you enjoyed reading. As ever don’t forget to share and leave a comment. Read Back In Barcelona, Part Two.