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Los Caracoles (2 hrs)
One of the most famous and peculiar restaurants of Barcelona is Los Caracoles. The restaurant is located in a small street in the Gothic district near Las Ramblas. The restaurant used to have another name, but the name was renamed in honour of one of its most famous dishes, Los Caracoles, snails.
The restaurant is always busy, so for dinner a reservation is absolutely advisable. But you can also go there for lunch. When you enter the place, there’s only a small bar. To enter the restaurant, you have to walk through the kitchen. Inside the kitchen you have to pass a huge classic stove where the chefs are working hard.
Order some snails, but also try a traditional Paella or Zarzuela. And of course order a nice bottle of wine with it. Los Caracoles, Escudellers 14, telephone: 93 301 20 41. This is their website.
Park Guell (3 hrs - ½ day)
Eusebi Guell raised Park Guell. He wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy. The park was designed by famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, who was strongly influenced by natural shapes and used these a lot in his work.
From the top of Guell Park you have a great view of the park and the city. And in the city you can see one of those other Barcelona highlights, which is also designed by Gaudi, Sagrada Familia.
Best way to go there is by metro to station ‘Vallcarca’. From there you can use the escalators in the roads to go uphill. The entrance of the park is for free. It’s nice to bring some snacks and drinks and have a nice pick nick in the park.
Cable car ‘Transbordador Aeri’ (1 hr)
On a beautiful day it’s always nice to go to a park. Parc de Montjuic is a really good one. After a walk you can take a cable car (Transbordador Aeri in Catalan) from Jardins de Miramar to Barcelonetta. During the ride you can get a splendid view of the Barcelona Port area and the wide Passeig de Colom.
Of course it’s also possible to do this trip in the other direction or you can take a return ticket. In summer the cable car is open from 11 am to 9 pm and in winter from 12 noon to 5.45 pm. A ticket cost you 9 euro for one way.
Platja Barcelonetta (1 hr - 1 day)
Although Barcelona is located at the Mediterranean, it’s not very well known for its beaches. Perhaps because the beaches are not whit sand and the sea is not turquoise, but it’s still worth to visit Platja Barcelonetta, the nearest beach to downtown.
This is the place where locals hang out on a beautiful day and people go jogging along the boulevard. There are several beach restaurants and bars where you can have a great afternoon.
The neighbourhood Barcelonetta is wonderful as well. There are wonderful small streets that look very picturesque and there is a wide range of the most beautiful restaurants.
Go to the beach by taxi, bike or cable car from Jardins Miramar.
Bike tour (3 hrs)
A great way to explore Barcelona is by bike. A good one for a starter is a guided tour, for example with Fat Tire Bike Tours.
A tour will take about four hours and in this time you ride through the old Barri Gothic, visit Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia, Parc de la Ciutadella and the Barcelonetta beach.
At least you need to know how to ride a bike and preferably have experience with right side driving traffic, but besides that it’s not a very heavy tour. Meeting point is every day at 11 am and 4 pm at Plaza Saint Jaume, in the gothic district. Reservations are not necessary. The tour costs 22 euro including bike rental.
Mercat de la boqueria (1 - 2 hrs)
Of course you visit Las Ramblas in the heart of downtown Barcelona, but just off this Ramblas is a wonderful fresh market, Mercat de la Boqueria. It’s one of the largest fresh markets in Spain and it’s a delight for the eyes and the stomach!
The market is separated in sections for fish, fruits, meat and so on. At the back of the market are some wonderful restaurant bars, which serve the most delicious seafood and Spanish tapas (finger food). Got to the market during daytime and have a lunch at one of those great places.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Barcelona.