Barcelona? a destination too close not to be experienced, so pack your backpack, save yourself this guide and set off to the rhythm of sangria. I assure you that you will return home happily ever after! Are you planning a visit to this city? at least once in my life .. Although to be honest, I would plan it once a month :). Here is some useful information to get you informed, before moving on to the one and a half day itinerary in Barcelona.
Get informed on an itinerary in Barcelona:
FROM / TO AIRPORT:
Once you land in Barcelona, I recommend taking the Aerobus express bus to reach the center: it leaves every 5/10 minutes from both terminal 1 and terminal 2 and stops in the main localities. from the center of Barcelona (including Pla? a Espana and Pla? a Catalunya, respectively in 25 and 35 minutes). It is fast and cheap and? what do I need to visit enjoy Barcelona in cos? short while!
HOW TO GET TO THE CENTER:
To speed up the time, I recommend getting around Barcelona by metro: the single ticket costs 2,20 euros, while the day ticket costs 8,60 euros. It's true, can't you? observe Barcelona while you? in between, but my watch will thank me ?!
WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA:
The SafeStay hostel? a guarantee when I go to Barcelona: located in Passeig de Gr? cia, a stone's throw from Casa Battl ?, it offers dormitory beds from 8 euros. I must say that cleanliness goes along with courtesy and I have always enjoyed this point of view. Also its panoramic terrace? a must-see to enjoy the views of Barcelona by day and by night. What else do you want? :)
Taking advantage of the Aerobus, I recommend getting off as I did at Placa de Catalunya, and then heading towards Terraza 360? located on the top floor of the Barcel? Raval: impossible to miss the first coffee? of the day to get an idea from above, what are you waiting for;). Not ? the first time I visit this city, but from above it never ceases to amaze my beloved Barcelona! This hotel is located in Rambla del Raval, which is one of the most popular Ramblas. new in Barcelona, inaugurated in 2000. A good excuse therefore to visit a new and central place, rich in history and culture: eg gi? why? just before reaching the panoramic terrace, there is El Gat, the Cat translated into Italian. It is a bronze sculpture almost 7 meters long, the work of Fernando Botero. They say that touching it brings luck and therefore I take the opportunity to hug it!
At this point I begin my descent towards one of the most? famous in the world, which never disappoints me: the Rambla, a street animated by street artists, stalls and many clubs. Though ? October, tourists make themselves heard, which is why I decide to have lunch in one of the many kiosks of the colorful Boquer? a market, without stopping for long.
My walk continues to the end of the Rambla, right where the monument of Christopher Columbus is located: it is a 60 meter high column that represents the character, intent on indicating the sea. Would it have more? sense if it indicated America, what for? is on the opposite side! So I take this opportunity to follow his arm and get to Barceloneta beach, easy isn't it?
October is felt in all its splendor and thank goodness that I decided to put on the costume, why? 28 degrees gave me a scary tan;)
After breathing ap? of sea air, I have the brilliant idea of taking a taxi to reach an unmissable icon of Barcelona: it's about 17.30 pm. At 18 pm I'm still waiting for someone to stop Unfortunately? rush hour and I have to get over it! I change strategy and decide to go to a side street .. Luck? on my side! In less than half an hour I arrive at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. I recommend booking a visit in advance for this work by Antoni Gaud? (1852-1926), why? tickets are selling like hot cakes. Very often if you book the entrances for visits from 17 onwards (close to closing), at the official website, you are entitled to discounts and I pay the ticket 8 euros! I pause to observe the magical details of this work and in no time at all it is almost 20 .. The Sagrada Familia is about to kick me out!
The details in the Facade of the Nativity? and in the Crypt they are extraordinary and not for nothing have they been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. Curiosity? of this? work? IS? inconclusive: eh gi ?, why? one of the peculiarities? of the Sagrada Familia lies precisely in its incompleteness. The construction of the church, which began in 1882, should be completed around 2026. Who knows? if then the tickets always cost the same ?!
In a 25-minute walk (because I gave up the taxi) I arrive at another work by Gaud?: Casa Battl ?. It is located in one of the most beautiful avenidas. famous of the city, Passeig de Gr? cia, rich in modernist architecture declared a World Heritage Site? by UNESCO.
Now? late evening and my stomach? he's been asking for mercy for a while: I decide to please him as soon as I see a nice little place. Is that so? I discover the local El Pintxo de Petritxol, located in the Barrio Gotico. I am tempted by the many tapas at the counter and I also order a salad in the menu. Price for tapas: 1,95 euros and the quality? ? really good!
At this point I just have to go to the nearby Plaza Real and satisfy my thirst with a proper sangria, in one of the many clubs, while contemplating the magic of this place, known for the Tres Gr? Cies Fountain, the many palm trees and street lamps, works of Gaud ?.
I can say that I go to bed tired, but happy (in every sense!).
IS? it is really true that buenos d? as starts in the morning, then if you add to this a typical breakfast of churros and hot chocolate, then the mood? to the stars!
I take advantage of the morning to stroll in the Gothic Quarter: this neighborhood? considered the home of artists thanks to its narrow streets, important buildings including the town hall and its churches. Among the latter, the Catedral de Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia stands out, the most? important place of worship in Barcelona. I have never entered it and therefore do I let myself be taken by my curiosity? to enter and climb to the roof. The inside really deserves to be seen and the outside doesn't? less. The view of the Barcelona skyline? crazy and I'm really happy with my choice! The price to access the Cathedral? free, while to get on the roof you will pay 3 euros.
After a while? shopping in the Gothic Quarter and in the Rambla, I take advantage of the metro (line L1), hoping to have more? luck compared to the taxi and I reach Plaza de Espanya in less than ten minutes. IS? here are the Arenas de Barcelona (former bulls square and now a shopping center) and the Fuente Magica de Montju? c. I train my breath to climb the long staircase of the Palacio Nacional and greet Barcelona from above. Hasta ready Barcelona :)