The Rosenberg had three days to explore Barcelona. I asked them if they’d rather stay in the city or maybe do two days in town and one take a daytrip, and they were decided to explore the city only. So here is what we did:
We met on Friday at their hotel (they had arrived the day before and on my recommendation they had strolled a bit around the port and had dinner by the beach – a relaxed plan after a long overnight flight!). Today they were rested, and we were going to explore the Old Town.
When we have a few days to discover the city, I always prefer to start with a walk in the oldest part of Barcelona to get my guests introduced to the origins of the city. We see some Roman ruins, and discuss the Middle Ages through its Gothic buildings and plazas. The Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Plaça del Rei are unmissable stops, and the Jewish Section can also be included if my guests are interested.
There is also some time to see La Rambla and stop in the famous Boqueria Market. And since the Picasso Museum is located in the area, it’s always a good idea to use the last hour of the tour visiting it: you’ll leave with a totally renovated idea of who Picasso was after having us taking you there!
Although we could plan longer tours, when people are spending several days in town I usually recommend to tour in the morning and take the afternoon off. This way you can enjoy the city on your own, relax, go shopping… After all, a vacation with too many “obligations” (such as long tours, even if they are as fun as ours) doesn’t feel like a vacation anymore!
So the next day, I met them again: now it was time for the Gaudi sites! We had an awesome time visiting his masterpieces, and learning about Gaudi’s personality, creativity and technique. We took pictures of the wonderful chimneys that he designed for Casa Milà / Pedrera, were mind-blowed by the interior of the Sagrada Familia, and enjoyed the stroll around the colorful Park Guell. And best of all: we skipped lines everywhere!
Although our first two days we had been walking and taking taxis when necessary, for our third and last day together we planned on having a driver to move around, so we could take the most out of our morning. We headed first down la Rambla, where we visited Palau Guell, a Gaudi hidden gem and early work. It was fun to compare his early style with what he achieved in this maturity – that we had visited the day before.
Next the driver took us to Montjuic, where we stopped to see the views over the city, the Olympic Stadium and the area of the 1929 World Fair. Then I gave the Rosenberg a choice: would they rather visit the Miro Museum, or take the cablecar to the Montjuic Castle? The cablecar and the castle are great choices for families, but George and Susan are big art lovers, so we decided to spend a whole hour admiring the surrealist works of Joan Miró.
Our tour ended at a cool tapas bars were we had lunch and celebrated it had been 3 marvelous days together.
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