Rediscovering Barcelona in 3 days
On this trip I wanted to visit the city of Barcelona and some of the surrounding areas in a less touristy way, that is, not to go to see the Sagrada Familia and the Boqueria Market. I wanted 3 days of emotions, fun, and culture.
Get to know Barcelona's less known spots and surroundings in 3 days
The goal for this trip was to discover Barcelona and it's sorroundings in a non-turistic way. We all know the Sagrada Familia or La Pedrera but maybe in this trip we will get to know Barcelona with a different perspective.
On the first day of this adventure, we went to the coast in Vilassar to do some paddle surfing. Paddle surfing, also known as Stand Up Paddle (SUP), can be practiced at sea, in lakes, reservoirs and rivers, at any age. We choose going to the beach because it's one of the things I love the most about Barcelona, that you have the beach nearby. You can take your own equipement or you can rent it on the beach.
The sea was a bit choppy and it was a bit windy so it was a bit hard to get into the rhythm but, despite a few falls, we had a great time. Luckily, you don't need wind or waves to practice SUP, and the standing position allows you a lot of visibility. It's a great way to relax, sunbathe, and keep fit.
Tip: You can wear your Tropicfeel with you because we tested them underwater and they are AMAZING.
After enjoying the day of paddle surfing and relaxing on the beach, we were really hungry. Making sport in the water wiht the scorching sun above us is really exhausting. please make sure you eat an energetic breakfast, I didn't do it and I was kind of dizzy.
We went to eat at the Espinaler restaurant. This restaurant is known for its famous appetizer sauce and you can find there a variety of mediterranian tapas such as "patatas bravas", "pulpo a la gallega", "croquetas", "tortilla de patata" or tuna tataki. We really enjoy trying different tapas and we loved all the food. I must say I was super hungry when we arrived but I ended up very full.
After the lunch we went back to the car because the day was not finished yet.
To end the day, we returned to Barcelona and visited the Nau Bostik. The Nau Bostik is located in La Sagrera in Barcelona. It is a former glue factory, now abandoned and converted into a series of self-managed warehouses where we can find exhibitions of artists, etc... We visited some of the exhibitions that were avaliable at that moment and we also visited the different buildings. If you like the street art, unconvencional exhibitions and exploring new cultures, you will love the Nau Bostik.
After strolling around there, we decieded to approach the center of Barcelona and walk arround the typical streets of the Born. The Born is the perfect fusion of classic architecture and narrow streets with the modernity of new boutiques and coffe shops. We were exhausted form the day so, finally we went to rest at the hotel.
The second day started strong. Maybe was the day I was most excited about.
We went to the heliport in the Barceloneta area to catch a helicopter that would take us to see the beautiful views of Barcelona from the air. The views were incredible and it allowed me to see Barcelona from a very different perspective. It was super exciting to see the city from the air since I had only been in a helicopter once before .
It is an experience that I recommend to everyone because it's not the most common thing to do in Barcelona but for sure will be something that everyone will enjoy. Of course I don't recommend this if you are affraid of the hights, or maybe it's your chance to overcome your fears and challenge yourself.
We ended the the helicopter ride approximately at lunch time so I was once again very hungry so we decided to go to one of the most popular restaurants in La Barceloneta.
We went to Gallito Barcelona. This restaurant, located nearby the barceloneta beach, has priivileged views of the sea, so you can both enjoy the food and the sights. In the Gallito restaurant you will find the perfect fusion between Mediterranean, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine.
First of all, we enjoyed some tapas and then as a starter I ate a great hamburgers accompanied by a few cool beers to alleviate the heat. The food was perfect and delicious.
Stroll through Sant Antoni
After lunch, we went for a stroll around the area of the Sant Antoni market and walked around a bit. Walking around that area, we found a group of people playing chess outdoors. I don't know much about playing chess but I was encouraged to play against an experienced man who was giving me tips on this ancient game and gave me a beating. It's very interesting the fact that every sunday they have chess tournaments there and all this people usually comes every day in order to practice and have fun. They are all really good at playing chess and it's amazing how they are willing to share their knowledge with you.
To finish the day, we continued walking around the area and we had a last beer in the bar El Mamón almost arriving in Poble Sec. This is a tapas bar were you can also go to enjoy a beer or a vermut with your firends. It was really nice to finnish here our day chilling a bit.
Once again, It was an exhausting day but a lot of fun.
The third day we woke up really exhausted from the other two previous days, so we thought that it would be a good idea to try to spend the day in a more relaxed way.
The last day began with a visit to the Botanical Garden. This garden is located in the Montjuïc park and it's the perfect way to feel more in contact with the nature without leaving Barcelona.
The truth is that it is a beautiful place full of corners to photograph. You can find a variety of vegetation that will take your breeath away if you are a nature lover like me. I enjoy a lot the countryside and sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the city and it's intensity.
We were very lucky because, while we were visting the Gardens, we met a lady who explained us curiosities of the place and the plants. It was amazing all the things she knew and how passionate she was about the vegetation and the trees. In our opinion the Botanical Gardens are a place you can not miss if you come to Barcelona.
Tip: you can visit the Botanical Garden for free because it has free entry every Sunday from 3pm and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
Fundació Joan Miró
Afterwards, we decided to stay in the Montjuïc area and we went to the Miró Foundation to see the exhibition. The Miró Fundation was originally created by Joan Miró himself with an initial collection made up mainly of his private collection. Nowadays you the exhibition tries to show Miró's art but also establishing an enriching dialogue with other artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
There we decided to have a coffee and went for a walk arround the exhibition. I had not been to the Foundation since I was a child and, at that time, I was not a big fan of art and was always distracted. To return to the Fundation many years later was lovely and I was able to get much more out of the visit. I think Joan Miró is one of the most important artists of our time and it's really interesting to come and visit this exhibition. I highly recommend it.
El Xalet de Montjuïc
As you may imagine, when we finished, I was starving and we went to the restaurant El Xalet de Montjuïc because we had been told that there we would be able to enjoy a great meal there. I'm telling you that they were not lying to us at all because everything was exquisite. We shared a delicious burrata, pate, and a huge T-bone steak.
We enjoyed the meal very much and it was the best possible end for these days.
It has been a short but intense trip in which we did a lot of things and I think we accomplished our goal: we discovered a new perspective of Barcelona.
Before you travel
- It is important for water activities (such as paddle surfing) to wear suitable shoes that can get wet and dry quickly.
- I recommend calling places like restaurants and bars in advance to make reservations as they tend to fill up very quickly.
- In Barcelona it is usually quite hot so I recommend that you carry sunscreen on hand to avoid getting sunburned.
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