You’ve seen Part 1, now have a read of Part 2 – Find out what guest blogger, Paul got up to on his recent trip to Barcelona…
Today we exploited the metro to full advantage. First it was down to the seafront area to check out the Port Cable Car or Transbordador Aeri del Port. There was a long wait so we decided to get to the Montjuïc Castle via the Metro and funicular which was very easy. The Montjuïc Castle was free to visit and is reached either by foot or, as we did, via the Teleferic-De-Montjuic ski lift. A pleasant ride with some amazing views of Barcelona, at The Montjuïc Castle was very interesting and again gave excellent views of Barcelona city.
After a snack at a nearby café we walked up the road from the Funicular to the Olympic park. We found this to be great decision and well worth a visit, again it was free. The park is also where The Sant Jordi Palace can be found – the buildings are very impressive, none more so than the telecommunications Calatrava Tower.
After an excellent afternoon we changed and made our way to the famous Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous shopping and restaurant area. Here we easily found a nice restaurant for a meal before taking in the rest of the very long street that runs from the city centre down to the seafront area.
Our last full day saw us take in Barcelona zoo a very laid back zoo, with easy access for disabled like most of Barcelona. This zoo is modern and with many exhibits and species of animals on show. We spent a good 4 hours here with the highlight being the dolphin show which was reminiscent of Windsor safari park from years gone by.
Outside the zoo is the terminus of Barcelona tram system, so we decided to take a ride to experience this form of transport which is also included on the Metro ticket. This runs to the east of the city the newer part of Barcelona
The last thing we managed to get in during the afternoon was a trip by bus up to the Tibidabo Funicular which sadly for us was not open on this day, though we managed to get a coffee in a café opposite with fantastic views of the city from the north looking back over Barcelona down to the sea. This area of Barcelona saw some very elegant dwellings which had a lot of character and was a stark change from the apartment blocks within Barcelona. Our last evening saw us visit the Gothic area of the city to see the older architecture and narrow streets with an abundance of restaurants to choose from also.
The last day was a case of packing and checking out before our flight home to Gatwick. The Easyjet flight was again on time, smooth and arrived ahead of schedule back into London Gatwick.
In Summary we had a fantastic extended weekend away in Barcelona. It touched our emotions and left a lasting impression which will linger long in our thoughts. If you are thinking of a weekend away you could do far worse than choosing Barcelona, a city unique, vibrant and with an abundance of history. Five days was never long enough, be sure we shall return.
Have you been to Barcelona? Let us know in the comments below!