When you crave a quick stop from the everyday routine, Barcelona is always a good idea.
I have been many times to Barcelona, but this time I decided to go, to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday, and we had a totally different spirit compared to the previous visits. The full intention was to get as much discoveries as possibile in only 48 hours. I started by my usual research of cool spots, literally the week before our departure and… I couldn’t stop adding must see places on the list.
We started off our first day checking out the restaurant Torre d’Alta Mar, with its 360º panoramic view of the Port Olìmpic, the beach, the city, the mountains and the entire coast line of Barcelona, everything from 75 meters high. After a light, but, well prepared lunch, we decided to explore La Barceloneta, a never ending sidewalk facing the sea. The weather was just amazing and we loved the young and trendy atmosphere. The rest of the day, we did the classic “tourists job”. La Rambla, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Plaça De Catalunya, Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça d’Espanya…yes, this happened in one afternoon and, yes again, this is totally possible if you dedicate the right amount of time to each attraction.
…But, the tiredness started to take over, so, for the aperitivo, we passed by the Gothic Quarter, a cool, historical, neighborhood which I strongly suggest to visit, full of tapas bar that can fulfill any type of culinary request.
Back to the Suite BCN, we enjoyed the 160 square meters apartment that we rented. This had it all, beautiful location, amazing interior design, perfectly balanced between classic and modern, a huge bathtub and a romantic balcony where we decided to have a pre-dinner bottle of Valbuena 5, 2013. All dressed up we arrived at the restaurant La Barra de Carles Abellan, a cool location where there’s only ONE long continuous bar counter. The food was typical Spanish tapas, with a modern twist in terms of food combination and presentation. Immediately after dinner, we checked out Paradiso, a speakeasy bar which has the entry from a refrigerator door… super cool. The drinks, the lounge design and the music were simply perfect.
The day after we spent the entire morning at the market of la Boqueria. This huge space offers hundreds of spots where you can try any type of food, from oysters to chocolates, fruit to meat, juice to ham… I just loved it. A real experience.
Gatsby was the perfect restaurant where to spend the last night, a super fun place, with live performances, but, unfortunately, not so great food. Bobby’s Free was the last attraction on my list, another speakeasy bar … I’m obsessed with it. The entrance of the bar is a barber shop and don’t forget to pick the right password, if you wanna get in and enjoy an amazing drink..wow!