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We’ve recently just got back from one of our favourite cities, Barcelona. A nice brief 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. Read our review of the H10 Universitat, Barcelona.
By the time we’d finished travelling and settling in to our hotel, it was already past 4pm. We decided even though it was raining to brave the weather and head out for a walk. La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter would be our destination. After a little wander and soaking wet, we were getting hungry. Tapas just would not satisfy us, we had eaten nothing 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, 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 explore the city properly tomorrow.
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 lot of fun and very interesting. After the tour, you then 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 tell 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 that differed from our last visit was that two of the roads that wrap around the building are blocked off from traffic. They also have a heavy police and security presence. More than we’ve ever seen before. No doubt because of 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 killed in June 1926 whilst walking to church. He was hit by a tram and because he was not immediately recognised due to lack of ID and worn clothing; they thought he was a beggar, so he didn’t receive immediate help.Gaudí died a couple of days later and he was layed to rest here in the crypt.
In the museum underneath are small viewing windows so you can gaze down on his resting place. On our last visit, this was closed off. This time, it was open. It completely took me back. I felt happy but kind of sad. It was so great to see it after all this time.
Tasty Tapas Treats
We left here just after lunchtime 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, so we tried it out. Did you say you wanted more food photos?
We ordered some croquettes and a dish of bravas, Chorizo sausages and two beers. This came to just over €20. If you avoid all the tourist traps in Barcelona, you will eat well. Add this place to your list.
We finished the day shopping and just walking around. Some shops and buildings were all decorated for Christmas, which was great to see. The lights were not to be switched on until a day after we returned home. It is a shame we missed them,
L’antica Pizzeria da Michele In Barcelona
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, just 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 expected, 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.