Hello travelers, the month of April has been a month of travel for me, on Easter I had the opportunity to escape to Barcelona to visit friends of my childhood. Whenever I have opportunity I never refuse a visit to Barcelona and even more if it is to meet friends of my whole life. Little can I say of Barcelona that the travelers do not know, it is a city that sells itself, a cosmopolitan city and with a special charm thanks to its teacher Gaudí, it enchants to thousands of travelers every year. In my case I am a lover of its ramblas, its beach, its art and its soccer. I have gone 4 times to Barcelona and in each visit I discover new places, so in this post I will only dedicate to tell my traveling experience in this last visit of a pair of days.
My route to Barcelona
First Day: Arrival in Barcelona from Madrid
For this trip I chose to go by bus because the date was April 15, 2014 and look for a flight in Easter from Madrid or a trip in Train (Renfe) was very expensive, so I decided to choose the option that is always cheaper ; the bus.
I entered a few days before my departure to the website of the most well known and large bus company in Spain www.alsa.es to look for tickets for my departure. For a price of 67 € round trip I bought my tickets. The journey is approximately 8 hours.
The departures from Madrid are from the exchanger of Av. América or from the T4 Barajas Airport. The arrivals to Barcelona are to two of its main stations, you can choose to arrive at the Barcelona Sants or Barcelona Nord.
Arrive in Barcelona at night as at 22:00 and in Barcelona Nord the nearby metro station is Arc Triunf Line 2, direct line to Plaza Catalunya.
Second Day, Gothic Quarter, Barceloneta, Puerto Olímpico, Montjüic.
In the morning we go to plaça Catalunya, and we went to Plaza Catalunya and met a very friendly guide, who offered us a rather interesting tour of the old quarter of the Gothic, we spent about three hours discovering every corner of this beautiful neighborhood, with historical anecdotes all very pleasant, thanks to Victor our local guide, belonged to a tour company that was called “Barcelona Citytellers”, a company that offers Barcelona tours, if you want to check how it is the tour look this video on youtube, it shows you some parts of the gothic quarter tour.
This area was completely renovated before the 1992 Olympic Games. The port is located near Barceloneta beach and Icària beach.
The nearest Metro station is Ciutadella Vila Olímpica (Yellow Line, L4). Then you have to walk 10 minutes to reach the Olympic Port of Barcelona and the area of the beaches.
It is very pleasant to take a walk through the port, especially if it is fine weather and in our case made the ideal temperature to take a walk without passing too much heat or much less cold. You could see in the middle of April 15 some people daring sunbathing on the beach or even some brave going into the sea. The seafront is perfectly conditioned for walking, cycling, skating or scooters. Of course a visit to Barcelona at any time of the year deserves a moment to know its promenade.
After a walk and several photos, my friends and I decided to find a place to eat, near the Olympic Port there are several restaurants with menus at fairly reasonable prices, between 8-10 euros. We chose one by chance as it had a fairly large terrace and since it was hot we decided to eat outside. The restaurant is called ¨Marina Moncho’s¨ located in: Calle de la Marina, 19/21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain (The Vila Olímpica del Poblenou) The menu for € 10 included aperitif + first + second + drink and dessert. All very rich and quite varied.
After the delicious meal, many of us needed to take a walk to get off the menu, so we walked a bit further along the promenade and went to get the car we had parked near the beach of Barceloneta and we took the opportunity to go visit the Castle of Montjüic. We left the car parked near the Telefèric and decided to climb to see the views of Barcelona through the air.
Telefèric de Montjüic:
Inaugurated in 1970 to cover the transport needs up to the Montjuïc Mountain, Telefèric de Montjuïc links the city to the top of the Montjuïc mountain. In order to make this possible, the glazed booths rise along the 750 meters of route to save the 84.5 meters of unevenness. This ascension shows the entire plain of Barcelona from the Collserola mountain range to the sea.
The facility has three stations: Parc de Montjuïc, Miramar and Castell de Montjuïc, and is fully accessible. For a quick visit to Barcelona I recommend to use this transport, maybe the price is a little expensive but the experience is nice, and once up the walk around the Castle and its surroundings is recommended, as are the photos from the viewpoint and from the Cab of the Telefèric.
Adult roundtrip ticket: € 10.80
Round trip ticket for children (from 4 to 12 years old): € 7.80
One way ticket: € 7.50
One way ticket: € 5.80
It can be paid in cash or by card.
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