Barcelona Journals

Barcelona Weekender

A December 2004 trip to Barcelona by Ju

Quote: Barcelona is more like a capital than Madrid, but ask a local if they consider themselves to be Spanish and you'll be told that they are Catalan, not Spanish.

Barcelona Weekender


Gaudi, Gaudi, Gaudi.

Quick Tips:

Use the RENFE train network to explore some of the nearby towns, but check the timetable carefully, as there are fewer trains than in the UK.

Best Way To Get Around:

A T-10 ticket offers you a 10-ticket carnet and saves you money; the fare from the airport costs €0.60 rather than €2.

El Xampanyet


This is an old traditional cava bar in the heart of the old town. Run by a father and son team for the last 30 years, this bar is on the street where Cervantes wrote Don Quixote. The cava is cheap and delicious, and the tapas are plentiful and great for soaking up the alcohol. The atmosphere is great, and although it is on the tourist trail, you still get the feeling that you have discovered the real Barcelona.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2005

El Xampanyet
Calle Montcada
Barcelona, Spain