The Gist: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona! The beautiful city is one of Spain’s most popular. It is considered one of the world’s global cities contributing greatly to commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts. No wonder it is on the Top 20 Most Visited Cities in the world. Therefore, even when one is flying in through Barcelona to a different destination, it would be unthinkable not to spend at least a day in this beautiful city.

Here’s the gist of our Barcelona stop for inspiration.

Hotel:


Aparthotel Jardines del Plaza, Avinguda del Papa Luna, 156, 12598 Peníscola, Castelló, Spain

The main purpose for our family trip last March was to visit Lourdes, France. We decided to fly to Barcelona, then drive to Lourdes from Spain. One of my sisters-in-law tried to book with Resort Condominiums International (RCI) a place for us to stay in Barcelona, but even in March, properties located nearest Barcelona were booked. But she was able to get us an aparthotel in Peñiscola which is 2-hours outside of Barcelona. It worked well as our home base in Spain.

The hotel’s website advertises the place as, “This family orientated apartment-hotel is located overlooking the north beach of Peniscola. It includes 130 duplex apartments each with a maximum capacity of up to six people (children under 3 included), garden area and direct access to Peniscola Plaza Suites Hotel & Spa (private entrance in the hotel) located right next door. Its duplex configuration and layout make it ideal for families with children and groups of friends looking to share a few days of holiday and leisure in spacious, safe and comfortable surroundings.”

Places:

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

This unique structure is a Barcelona landmark and an artistic and spiritual symbol of Catalonia. Based mainly on Antoni Gaudi’s models, this place of worship has been in construction for over a 100 years and will be completed in 2026.
Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

Popularly known as La Boqueria, this market is one of Barcelona’s foremost tourist landmarks. The entrance at La Rambla makes it convenient for visitors to see both the famous Barcelona street and the market. In La Boqueria, one can fill one’s eyes and stomach as there are a very diverse selection of goods on display.
La Rambla

La Rambla is a tree-lined promenade that stretches about 3 quarters of a mile. Pavement cafes, souvenir kiosks, and flower stands line the promenade attracting both tourists and locals. Night time in La Rambla is a lively time when tapas bar enthusiasts hop from one bar to the next.

Food:


Las Cuines Tapas Bar BCN Restaurant, La Rambla, Barcelona

I love Cuines! Unfortunately, I can’t find a website for it as I wanted to post a glowing review for its excellent service and tapas. The paellas weren’t bad either. This restaurant is in La Rambla. The man in the picture in the black jacket is the restaurant’s manager. He was welcoming and accommodating. We enjoyed dining at Cuines. Perhaps, you will, too!


Transportation:

Rented Van from Budget Rent a Car

My sister-in-law’s husband rented this van at Budget Car Rental. It comfortably accommodates 7 passengers and there is plenty of room for luggage. It brought us safely to  Peniscola, Spain to Lourdes, France then back to Peniscola, Barcelona, and Madrid.

Barcelona Metro

The Barcelona Metro is a convenient way to roam about Barcelona’s city center. It is also budget friendly, and gives visitors a more authentic feel of Barcelona. It is commuter friendly as well. Read my Review of Barcelona’s Metro.

We only spent a day in Barcelona, but the city left an impression we are not likely to forget. 

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2 thoughts on “The Gist: Barcelona, Spain

  1. These are fabulous photos and many bring back memories of my first visit to the city way back in 1990. I was lucky at the time to find a room in a hotel almost on La Rambla, which made for vibrant, noisy nights — which I loved!

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