After a quick flight down to and an easy Aerobus into town, we were in Barcelona by lunch time. A place worth checking out is Veggie Garden, which is a very popular vegan restaurant in the middle of Barcelona. The restaurant offers a three course meal, with wine and bread, for under €10. The restaurant is found here: Plaça dels Àngels 3. I recommend the dal they make with their organic red wine.
After a fairly relaxed afternoon strolling around the Gothic Quarter, we had rooftop drinks at Barcelona Raval Hotel. The hotel is blessed with amazing 360 degree views of the city. Such a great place to watch the sunset and a great end to a first day in Barcelona.
After living in Barcelona for a year, I never realised it was possible to go to the top of the Columbus Monument! But on day 2 of our trip, we went to the top of the Columbus monument and had great views down La Rambla and across the city.
Following that we went up Mont Juic via the cable car. Again it is a great way to get away from the business of the city in just 25 minutes and then enjoy a coffee overlooking the city.
We then got the hop on hop off tourist bus to Tibidabo. From Tibidabo we really did have the most stunning views of the city. And on the way back down we ate at my favourite restaurant in Barcelona. My favourite restaurant in Barcelona is a vegan and vegetarian pizza restaurant called Dolce Pizza & Los Veganos. Whilst I was there they actually opened a second restaurant due to popular demand, so there is one here: Avenida Gaudi, 74 (by Hospital Sant Pau) and the new one is here: Hipolit Lazaro, 34 (close to Joanic Metro station). It has loads of options for vegetarians and vegans. Including pizza, burgers and pasta dishes; I always had the chorizo pizza though. Both restaurants are easy to find, reasonably priced, and run by a really nice couple.
After a lazy start to the day, we headed to Poblenou to look at some street art, which is not so well known but very impressive.
In the afternoon, we enjoyed the highlight of the trip; a helicopter tour of the city. The helicopter tour goes along the coast from near the W hotel to Poblenou. Then it goes inland near Sagrada Familia and then to the Camp Nou. We had great weather and the 12 minute helicopter trip was over before we knew it! It is the best way to appreciate the grid design Barcelona has. Barcelona has a strict grid pattern, crossed by wide avenues, designed in the 19th Century. This visionary design by Catalan urban planner Ildefons Cerdà, considered traffic and transport along with sunlight and ventilation in coming up with his characteristic octagonal blocks!
In the morning we headed to a bakery for breakfast. There is a vegan bakery in Gracia, which is really good. It is a bit expensive, but the food is very nice. That place is found here: La Besnéta, Calle Torrijos, 37.
In the afternoon we had a bit of a surprise and ended up doing a Ferrari experience of the city. It was a lot of fun, even from the perspective of someone who isn’t mad on cars. And the tour drives up to the top of Mont Juic and so we got out and enjoyed looking out over the city once more, from the Ferrari!
On our final day we headed to the Tibidabo amusement park. Such an amazing location for an amusement park!
I had such an amazing time living in Barcelona, and another great experience on this little trip. Hopefully I will get a chance to visit again - when Messi is playing and the sun is shining!