Barcelona Journals

Discovering Barcelona

An October 2007 trip to Barcelona by mediterranean_girl

Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Friends have always raved about Barcelona, so when a friend recently moved there I couldn't pass up the opportunity to pay the city a visit.

Discovering Barcelona

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Overview

Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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I’m not too sure how it manages it, but Barcelona has to be one of Europe’s most charming cities. It’s two distinct areas – the older, medieval Barri Gotic and the modern streets of the Eixample – really contrast each other and provide many opportunities to explore. Barcelona is so charming and enjoyable I spent a good deal of time walking around, and even though it was the middle of October, the weather was warm and fantastically sunny. My friends who live there say Barcelona has some of the best weather in Europe.Barcelona truly has something for everyone. The waterfront, with it’s revamped promenade and fancier cafes and restaurants, lies to the very South of Barcelona. I didn’t get much ...Read More

Sagardi

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Restaurant

Sagardi Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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My friend has been living in Barcelona for a year or so and suggested we go for tapas at the Sagardi Euskal Taberna in the old part of the city. It’s her favourite place and I can heartily pass on her recommendation – it was a great place to eat Spain’s famous tapas dishes. The food at Sagardi was well-made by someone who obviously knows their way around a kitchen. It’s an unpretentious place, modern with a nod to the rustic, with a young crowd of people in their twenties and thirties - a place to go to with a group of friends for a relaxed night out.Ordering and eating were unlike any other place I’ve been to. You order your glass of wine (or beer, or coke, or whatever) and ask fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2008

Sagardi
Basea, 8
Barcelona, Spain 08003
+34 93 3199993

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "La Pedrera"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Anyone interested in Antoni Gaudi, the eccentric Catalan architect, should visit La Pedrera, designed in 1905. I know there is a mass of choice of Gaudi architecture to visit in Barcelona, including his more famous Sagrada Familia, but this little gem is unmissible. It's an amazing building packed with things to see, including a thoughtful museum, stunning roof-top views and (best of all, in my opinion) the recreation of a completely furnished, turn-of-the-century apartment. Even with my two trusty maps I found it difficult to find La Pedrera and had to ask for directions. If you look for the junction between Passeig de Gracia and Carrer Provenca you should be able to find it much easier the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08007
34644 291 481

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

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Attraction | "Parc Guell"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Parc Guell was planned by Antoni Gaudi, the same eccentric Catalan architect who designed La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and many other famous landmarks in Barcelona. It’s a fanciful, medium-sized park, laid out over a hill in Barcelona’s less prepossessing northern suburbs. My friend who lives in Barcelona told me it was one of her favourite places, so when I disappointingly abandoned my visit to the Picasso Museum because of long queues, I decided to take her advice.Parc Guell is in the Northern parts of Barcelona’s outlying Eixample district and reachable by metro (Lesseps on the Green Line – L3). From the metro there are signs pointing the way to the park, but BE WARNED: Parc Guell is a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 1, 2008

Park Guell (Parc Güell)
Montana Pelada, Gracia District
Barcelona, Catalonia