EUROPE, HOTEL REVIEW

Barcelona : Part 1

Barcelona is my favorite city in all of Europe! If I had to move away from the US, I would probably end up there. The weather is fantastic, the people are nice, there’s a laid-back vibe, they drink wine with every meal and the food is incredible… What more could you ask for? Barcelona feels like home. I’m sure it helps that I speak fluent Spanish, but for me, this city is perfection.

Last March we visited for the first time, spending 4-days there for our anniversary. There are direct flights from Miami to Barcelona so planning a quick trip to Spain is very doable.

On the way to Barcelona for a quick 4 day getaway for our anniversary.On the way to Barcelona
Dinner on our American Airlines flight to Barcelona for our anniversary getaway.Dinner on the flight

DAY 1

We landed in Barcelona early in the morning, but since we had slept most of the 9-hour flight, we were ready to start sight seeing. We stopped by our hotel to drop off our bags and freshen up, then started walking around the nearby neighborhood. We visited the Catedral de Barcelona, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, the Arc de Triomf and Parc Ciutadella.

Inside Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, Spain.Inside Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Inside the beautiful Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, Spain.Inside Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Catedral de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.Catedral de Barcelona
Roaming the streets near the Catedral de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.Roaming around near the Catedral de Barcelona
Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain.Arc de Triomf
Giant bubbles in Parc Ciutadella in Barcelona, SpainGiant bubbles in Parc Ciutadella
Parc Ciutadella in Barcelona, Spain.Taking a break in Parc Ciutadella

We stopped for some tapas and wine, then headed to the Gothic Quarter (known as the Barri Gotic). The Barri Gotic is a really charming little neighborhood, which was the center of the old city. We roamed around for a bit and then stopped at its famous museum, the Picasso Museum (known as Museu Picasso).

One of Barcelona, Spain's most famous neighborhoods is the Gothic Quarter (known as the Barri Gotic). The Barri Gotic is a really charming little neighborhood and home of the famous museum, the Picasso Museum (known as Museu Picasso).Museu Picasso

Upon our return, our room was finally ready. We stayed at the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta, which is located right on the beach. It’s a trendy hotel with great amenities and beautiful views, however, it is not centrally located for sight seeing. We chose the beach and the views over being centrally located.

Entrance of the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta. The beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain.Front entrance of the Hotel Arts
View from our room at the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta. The beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain.View from our room
Our room at the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta. The beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain.Our room at the Hotel Arts
View from our room at the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta. The beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain.Ocean view from our room
View from our room at the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta. The beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain.City view from our room

We decided to stay in our hotel for dinner and checked out Arola. It’s a trendy restaurant that reinvented traditional tapas… think tapas fusion. Everything we ate was delicious. It was not cheap, but we had a great meal.

High end tapas fusion dinner at Arola in the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta, the beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain. Tapas Fusion at Arola
High end tapas fusion dinner at Arola in the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta, the beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain. Dinner at Arola in the Hotel Arts

DAY 2

We had a quick breakfast in our hotel and then headed out for a long walk in Barceloneta. Barceloneta is the beach part of the city with a long boardwalk and plenty of restaurants. It was March, so it was too cold to actually enjoy the beach (being from Miami, anything under 80 degrees feels cold to me), but we still got to enjoy the neighborhood.

Exploring Barceloneta. Barceloneta is the beach part of Barcelona, Spain.  It has a long boardwalk and plenty of restaurants.Barceloneta
Exploring Barceloneta. Barceloneta is the beach part of Barcelona, Spain.  It has a long boardwalk and plenty of restaurants. The W Hotel sits  at the edge.Barceloneta with the W Hotel in the distance
IMG_9739Exploring Barceloneta. Barceloneta is the beach part of Barcelona, Spain.  It has a long boardwalk and plenty of restaurants.Barceloneta

We walked down the boardwalk, all the way to to the Teleferic, a cable car that takes you up to Montjuic. The Teleferic has 360 degree views overlooking the city, the beach and the marina full of mega-yachts.

At the end of the boardwalk in Barceloneta is the Teleferic, a cable car that takes you up to Montjuic. The Teleferic has 360 degree views overlooking Barcelona, the beach and the marina full of mega-yachts.View of the beach from the Teleferic
At the end of the boardwalk in Barceloneta is the Teleferic, a cable car that takes you up to Montjuic. The Teleferic has 360 degree views overlooking Barcelona, the beach and the marina full of mega-yachts.View of the mega-yachts and the W Hotel from the Teleferic
At the end of the boardwalk in Barceloneta is the Teleferic, a cable car that takes you up to Montjuic. The Teleferic has 360 degree views overlooking Barcelona, the beach and the marina full of mega-yachts.View of the marina from the Teleferic
At the end of the boardwalk in Barceloneta is the Teleferic, a cable car that takes you up to Montjuic. The Teleferic has 360 degree views overlooking Barcelona, the beach and the marina full of mega-yachts.
The Mirador de Colom (Christoper Columbus Monument) from the Teleferic

The views from the Teleferic were incredible, but once we made it to the top it was even more beautiful. Montjuic is known for its sweeping panoramic views of Barcelona.  

One of the best views of Barcelona, Spain is from Montjuic. It is known for its sweeping panoramic views of the city.Overlooking Barcelona from Montjuic
One of the best views of Barcelona, Spain is from Montjuic. It is known for its sweeping panoramic views of the city.With my better half on Montjuic
One of the best views of Barcelona, Spain is from Montjuic. It is known for its sweeping panoramic views of the city.Enjoying the incredible views from Montjuic

We decided to continue enjoying the views from Montjuic and stopped at Restaurante Martinez. Pan con tomate, a bottle of white wine and views of the beach makes for the perfect afternoon with my hubby.

View of the Teleferic,a cable car that takes you up to Montjuic, from Restaurante Martinez in Barcelona, Spain.View of the Teleferic from Restaurante Martinez
View of the Teleferic,a cable car that takes you up to Montjuic, and Barceloneta from Restaurante Martinez in Barcelona, Spain.A bottle of wine with an incredible view from Restaurante Martinez
Restaurante Martinez in the Montjuic neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain.Restaurante Martinez

After riding back down on the Teleferic, we got on the Metro (they have a great Metro system) and head towards the famous Parc Güell. It’s an uphill walk from the nearest Metro station to the park, so if you’re not in the mood for a workout, I suggest taking a taxi instead.

Panoramic views of Barcelona, Spain from Parc GüellView of the city from Parc Güell
The Colonnaded Footpath in Parc Güell, the most famous park in Barcelona, Spain.The Colonnaded Footpath in Parc Güell
The Colonnaded Footpath in Parc Güell, the most famous park in Barcelona, Spain.Another one of Colonnaded Footpath in Parc Güell

The works by Antoni Guadí in Parc Güell were absolutely beautiful, however, my favorites were the gingerbread house inspired buildings at the entrance.

Barcelona, Spain is filled with works by Antoni Guadí. My favorites were the gingerbread house inspired buildings at the entrance of Parc Güell.The gingerbread house inspired building by Gaudí
Barcelona, Spain is filled with works by Antoni Guadí. My favorites were the gingerbread house inspired buildings at the entrance of Parc Güell.The other gingerbread house inspired building by Gaudí

From there we headed to Botafumeiro for a late lunch. It’s a fantastic seafood restaurant that we really enjoyed and I highly recommend.

One of my favorite meals in Barcelona, Spain was at Botafumeiro, a fantastic seafood restaurant.Late lunch at Botafumeiro

After lunch we headed back to our hotel to relax and enjoy the views until dinnertime.

Enjoying the view from our room at the Hotel Arts in Barceloneta. The beachside neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain.Enjoying the view from our room at the Hotel Arts

That night we headed out to enjoy some Barcelona nightlife. We had late dinner reservations at Carpe Diem Lounge Club (more commonly known as CDLC), which was right by our hotel. It’s a dinner party that turns into a nightclub. It wasn’t my favorite meal, but it was a fun night out in Barcelona.

Barcelona nightlife is a lot of fun. We had late dinner reservations at Carpe Diem Lounge Club (more commonly known as CDLC) in the Barceloneta neighborhood. It’s a dinner party that turns into a nightclub.Dinner and a bottle of champagne at CDLC

Read more about our Barcelona trip and the huge unexpected extension of our trip at the end…. READ HERE

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