City break guide to Barcelona

The city of moving hips

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As it is difficult to say goodbye to the summer we decided to delay the winter a little with a visit to Barcelona. From tapas to sangria to the warm sea (and in our case also Catalonia’s independence demonstration) it was a just what the doctor ordered before starting to embrace… well… Christmas.
And for a cherry on top of a cake, we were lucky to have a local host and a tour guide with some true Spanish family dinners!

1. Park Güell – Make sure to put on your walking shoes and a romantic mindset, as this is a place to hike, enjoy the view, the architecture (Gaudi of course) and hear some sexy tunes from street musicians.

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2. Mandatory tourist attraction – Gaudi house tour – Palau Güell
A chance to take a tour in the shoes of the Spanish elite, discovering architecture so absurd that even the chairs serve two purposes – being a chair and a stair railing.

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3. For art lovers, a Palau Nacional visit is a must – it is one of the most beautifully curated museums I have ever seen, with extreme attention to detail. Not to mention the location of the Palace and the view over Barcelona.

4. As many people rave about La Xampanyeriain that is located near the harbour (for Cava and tapas), when we arrived there on Saturday afternoon, it was so packed that we couldn’t even get in from the door. So we decided to ditch the following-the-crowd-idea and ended up around the corner at Perikete, which on the contrary was filled with locals, had plenty of space on the open front(or just exactly that one table for us) and served a litre of sangria for 6 euros. What a dream!

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Then some city centre must-do’s:

5. Mercado de La Boqueria Gothic Quarter

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7. Veggie garden – vegan restaurant
Weirdly, I am one of these people who had never been to a fully vegan restaurant. So we gave it a go on our holiday. My thoughts? When in Barcelona, don’t go vegan…

8. Beach – as the Catalonia’s independence demonstrations took over the city centre we decided to escape to a beach further away from central – Badalona beach. Which we finished with an authentic paella in a local restaurant El Rebost for our last evening. Yumm

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