Barcelona in 2 days

Barcelona in 2 days : are you ready ?

Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona is one of the front door to the Gothic quarter , the Born Quarter, and also to the Barceloneta neighbourhood.

DAY 1 : THE HISTORIC CENTER: Gothic, Born, Barceloneta

Barcelona attraction map

Map from the Gothic quarter and Born quarter of Barcelona

Gothic quarter in the morning

Have a wonderful breakfast at the Duquesa de Cardona, and then depart  from the front door of the hotel, and taking the first on the righ, street Simó Oller, we iniciate our route.

Simó Oller st  - Avinyó Street – Ferran street – plaça Sant Jaume – Call Jueu – plaça Sant Felip Neri – plaça del Rei – Cathedral and closter . To discover these streets may take you a couple of hours, not only because of the historical monuments, but also because of the bunch of shops , tea shops and craftwork you may find.
It is also worth it to stop at Petrítxol Street and enjoy some “churros con chocolates”, one of the most popular things to do for locals.

Boqueria market or Santa Caterina market for lunch

Delicious spots to discover and to eat! At the Boqueria market you have the option of taking small tapas sold in some of the food shops, meanwhile you sneak around the alleys ; or you try one of our favourite restaurants , specially for fresh fish: “El cochinillo loco ” or El Quim de la Boqueria.
In Santa Caterina market, less visited by tourists, the bars of tapas at the front door may size your day. Remember: better to eat at the bar than in a table. That’s how we do it !

Born quarter in the afternoon 

We start with a visit to Picasso Museum and his early days paintures. Located on Montcada street, we may continue our visit to the neogothic church Santa Maria del Mar, amazing piece of art, and famous because of the book writen by Ildefons Falcones about the construction of the building.
Shopping victims will be also lucky to visit this area: local designers for shoes and clothes are overall the little streets. Vintage decoration and style have a lot of presence on these little alleys. One of the shops to recommend is www.mrandmisscolors.com

 First an arabian spa, and then diner

 

Aire Barcelona arabian baths

Arabian baths Aire Barcelona

 

In front of Ciudadela parc, the arabian spa Aire will be the perfect spot for recovering youself of the several kilometers you may have walked so far since the day started. Cold pool, salty pool, extra warm pool, finish sauna, arabian sauna, massages, and many other skin and relaxing treatments for your body. A real pleasure to be reserved from your home country! Do not expect to find a gap if you just show up at Aire.

Fridays and saturdays are the big days for locals to go out for diner. We recommend you for that reason, to make a reservation in advance. Our suggestions are as follows:
CAN SOLÉ, at Barceloneta neighbourhood. It is a about 5 minutes walk from hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona. Excellent because of the tradition, the product in general, but specially for the fresh fish and of course, the experience of the service
LA CARASSA , at Born quarter, Hidden gem, original, specialized on fondues. Excellent option for winter
LA TERRASSA DEL DUQUESA ,  with amazing views over the harbour, opened all year, but take note that on high season, from may to september, you are able to enjoy excellent barbeque plates ( fish, shellfish and meat ), to end with a fantastic cocktail or gin & tonic

Day 2 : THE MODERNIST QUARTER

 

Casa Ballo

Casa Batlló , one of the masterpieces of Gaudi

 

Morning: Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell

Both of them can be booked in advance, and that’s probably the best idea , since queus in high season are for more than an hour.
The Sagrada Familia it is mean to be seen in the inside, and in the outside. Do not miss to visit one of the two towers, since you will have a closer view to the details of the towers.
From the Sagrada Familia take a taxi to Parc Güell, and enjoy a little aperitiv at the bar on the higher floor.

Lunch in Passeig de Gràcia
Take the metro from Lesseps at Parc Güell and stop in Diagonal, or take a taxi. Theser are our restaurant recommendation on this area:
BOCA GRANDE ( www.bocagrande.cat )  , a fine decorated hotel with a wonderful selection of tapas and overqualifed fishes and meat. Our favourite: eggs with truffle and “iberian panceta” and the selection of cheeses

Modernist building highlights in the afternoon

After Boca Grande, go back to Passeig de Gràcia and walk on the most stylishly fashionable  street of the city, admiring monuments  like La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Ametller and visit at least one of them if you have the time. Difficult just to choose one. Take note that La Pedrera is algo possible to visit at night between 20.30 and 23.30 h and enjoy www.lapedrera.com/en/home

Before diner, the Palau de la Música Catalana , masterpiece of the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, offers shows such spanish guitar, flamenco, classic music and different artistic activities. Visit their website and choose your favourite show www.palaumusica.cat

Enjoying your last night in town

Go for some tapas to Blai street , at Poble Sec. It is about 15 minutes walk from Hotel Duquesa de Cardona . The ancient quarter of the barcelonian theatres and moulin rouge shows offers a great variarity of  tapas bars and great street atmosphere. You can even walk to Plaça Espanya and see the magic coloured fountains dancing with music ( check timetable , it changes from high season to low season ) 

 

Gaudi and Barcelona : 10 masterpieces

Pavelló Güell BarcelonaOur city would have not had the success and the name as it has, if Antoni Gaudí would have never existed. He left in our city several architectural jewels, unique for the design, the meaning and the originality.

Antoni Gaudi was born in Reus in 1852. he studied archtecture in Barcelona Provincial school of Architecture. Before finishing his studies , he collaborated with Josep Fontseré, architect in the Ciudadella park project. In 1878 he won a contest to carry out a street lights project for Barcelona, at the Plaça Reial ( you still can see them nowadays ). Between 1883 and 1926 Gaudi created in Barcelona different works and pieces of art, all over the city, which we list here on the following lines:

CASA VICENS

Located in the popular district of Gràcia, Gaudí designed it as a summer house. Oriental influence, and coloured tyles in the façade.
Metro: Fontana, carrer de les Carolines 18-24

FINCA GÜELL
Two pavilions with big fence wich was the entrance to the old leisure time house property of Eusebio Güell family. Eusebio Güell was Gaudi’s protector. The forged iron gate is a representation of Ladon, a mythological winged dragon which was beaten by Hercules. The shape of a dragon matches the position of starts from his constellation on a specific day in the year
Metro: Palau Reial, Av de Pedralbes 7

TORRE BELLESGUARD
Collserola ridge. Built of the undeveloped site of an ancient royal residence. Gaudí designed an a austere building, where the costs of the works increased considerably in order to preserve the ruins of the house of the last king of the Catalan dynasty, Martí l?Humà
FGC Av. Tibidabo, Bellesguard 16-20

COL.LEGI DE LES TERESIANES

Building designed to be used as an educational centre. Some of the most important works to be admired are the corridors with parabolic arches on the first floor, its practicable and two-sizeddoors which can be opened for both people and furniture, and the shield typical of the religious order forged in iron on the main door, which was said to have been done by Gaudi himself
FGC Bonanova, Ganduxer 95-105

PALAU GÜELL
Count Güells residence in Barcelona. The interior of the palace is remarkably by the details, both in the main hall and in the roof. The Palace lodges some subterranean stables worth visiting.
Metro: Drassanes, Nou de la Rambla 3

CASA CALVET
This is the only building from Gaudí which adopted Catalan Barroque shapes. Pay particular attention to the door knocker, which is represented by a bug – and a cross knocker. With subtleirony, Gaudí uses this symbology of the good defeating the evil . Private building. Visits are not allowed:
Metro: Urquinaona, Casp 48

PARK GÜELL
This is Gaudi’s largest work in Barcelona. It is an area which main aim was to become a british style “garden-city”. Inside the park , we can find the House-Museum where Gaudí lived beforemoving to the “Sagrada Familia”. One of the major attractions is the bench of the “trencadís” ( mosaïc ) where he asked a worker to sit in order to take measures and design the project:
Metro: Lesseps or Vallcarca. Olot S/N

CASA BATLLÓ

Casa Ballo

Casa Batlló


With a tyled roof and mosaic façade, Gaudí untertook the total remodelling of this existing building. The result was an outside façade representing a party comparable to Carnival. The house is designed with shapes inspired from natural elements
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia, Passeig de Gràcia 43

CASA MILÀ OR “LA PEDRERA”
Icon of the Modernism. it has a breathaking wavy façade of stone and iron balconies. The most outstanding spaces of this building are the rooftop, the interior courtyards and the Espai Gaudí, where we will discover biographical as well as artistic and technical aspects of the architect, by means of scale models and video projections.
Metro: Diagonal, Provença 261-265

SAGRADA FAMILIA

Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Gaudí accepted the asgnment to continue building this expiatory temple. The date when the construction work will be finished is still unknown , the central nave is due to be finished in 30 years. We recommend you to get the tickets in advance, since average waiting time is 1.30 h.
Metro: Sagrada Familia, Plaça Sagrada Familia

COLONIA GÜELL CHURCH
The Colònia Güell, one of the most pioneering purpose-built industrial villages of the 19th century is located in the town of Santa Coloma de Cervelló, 23 km to the south -west of Barcelona. Gaudí developed the architectural innovations of his later works in the church crypt, which has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site.
Train from Pl Espanya, Colonia Güell stop.

 

 

Rent a bike Barcelona

Rent a bike in Barcelona

Rent a bike in Barcelona

Barcelona is something of a pioneer amont Spanish cities in the use of bicycles, which are generally not seen here as much as they are in other countries. In March 2007 the city inaugurated Barcelona Bicing, a practical sustainable, non-polluting and noiseless form of transport ideal for getting about the city. The system, promoted by the Barcelona city council and run by Clear Chanel, has gone from strength to strength since then and now it is estimated that its fleet of bicycles are used up to 52000 times per day by Barcelonan’s citizens.Although the service is only for the use of Barcelona’s citizens, the bike lanes, which strech to more thatn 100 km, may be used by anyone with a bike, wheather their own or a rental.

There are many places renting bikes these days in the city, but the majority are concentrated in the old quarter ( Ciutat Vella ), right where the hotel Duquesa de Cardona is located.

 Rent a bike adresses in Barcelona , Ciutat Vella quarter

Barcelonabiking , Baixada de Sant Miquel 6
Barcelona Bikes , Carrer de l’Atlàntida 49

 

 

 

Tapas in Barcelona: choose the right ones

Tapas, sometimes called pinchos, are small snacks that originated in Andalusia in the 19th century to accompany sherry.Stemming from a bartender’s practice of covering a glass with a saucer or tapa ( cover ) to keep out flies, the custom progressed to a chunk of cheese or bread being used, and the to a few olives being places on a platter to accompany a drink. Once free of charge, tapas are usually paid for nowadays , and a selection makes a delicious light meal. Choose from a range of appetizing varieties, from cold meats to elaborately prepared hot dishes of meat, seafood or vegetables.

Even a small village will have at least one bar where the locals go to enjoy drinks, tapas and conversation with friends. On Sundays and holidays, favourite place are packed with whole families enjoying the fare. In larger towns it is customary to move from bar to bar, sampling the specialities of each. A tapas is a single serving, where as a “ración” is similar to an entrée-sized portion. Tapas are usually eaten standing of perching on a stool at the bar rather that sitting at a table, for which a surcharge is usually made

SMALL TAPAS DICTIONARY

PATATAS BRAVAS is a piquant dish of fried potatoes with a spicy red sauce

patatas-bravas-barcelona
ALMENDRAS FRITAS are fried, salted almonds
CALAMARES FRTITOS are squid rings and tentacles which have been dusted with flour before being deep fried in olive oil. They are usually served garnished with a piece of lemon
BANDERILLAS  are canapes skewered on toothpicks. The entire canape should be eaten at once
JAMON SERRANO is salt-cured ham dried in mountain ( serrano ) air.
ALBONDIGAS ( meat balls ) are a hearty tapa, often served with a spicy tomato sauce
SALPICÓN DE MARISCOS  is a luxurious cold salad of assorted fresh seafood in a zesty vinaigrette.
GAMBAS A LA PLANCHA is a simple but flavourful dish of grilled prawns
TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA is the ubiquitous Spanish omelette of onion and potato bound with egg
POLLO AL AJILLO consists of small pieces of chicken ( often wings ) sautéd and then simmered with a garlic sauce
QUESO MANCHEGO  is a sheep’s-milk cheese from La Mancha
PIMIENTOS DE PADRÓN Small green peppers which are occasionally hot
CHISTORRA is a spicy sausage
CHOPITOS are cuttlefish fried in batter
CALAMARES A LA ROMANA are fried swuid rings
BOQUERONES are anchovies
PINCHOS MORUNOS are pork skewers, usually with a curry taste
CROQUETAS are croquettes of ham, cod or chicken, with a bechamel sauce and fried with breadcrumbs

croquetas de jamon tap

TAPAS BAR BARCELONA

Our favourites: Cal Pep, El Vaso de Oro, Cervercería Catalana, Quimet i Quimet, La Esquinica, El Xampanyet

Pages:1234567...17»