Besides Copenhagen of course, my favourite city in Europe might actually be Barcelona. With its cosmopolitan feel, relaxed pace of life, breath-taking architecture, fantastic gastronomy, and unbeatable climate, it really is the city that has everything. This past year I have visited four times, last time was on a trip arranged by Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments a couple of weeks ago. I joined forces with my friend Em, to make this guide for a perfect day in Barcelona.
No matter where I travel to, I always pack my running shoes, I get up an hour before everyone else and go for a quick run. It is probably the easiest way to burn of a few extra easy calories, even though visiting metropolis means a lot of walking during the day, but it also means a lot of eating. Barcelona is great for running, as no matter where you stay in the city, you can run to the beach, run the pier back and forth, and the head back. Go early to catch the sunrise; it is well worth having the alarm waking you super early.
Coffee and breakfast is a must. Making it yourself is of course an option if you stay in one of Eric Vökel’s apartments, I wanted that little something extra that I cannot make myself – or I could actually, but didn’t want to on this trip – just down around the corner (15 minute walk), you’ll find the very cosy La Esquina. Probably the best place for brunch.
Before it gets too hot, its time for sightseeing. I suggest you go to Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell, it is just one of the many beautiful must-see icons of Barcelona. And it has probably one of the best views of the city too. If you want something more modern design, head to Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, the building itself is amazing, and you might be lucky that the museum show something cool too.
After all that walking and sightseeing, the body needs food. Make your way to El Cercle. It is not cheap, but I think, you should at least have one super delicious over the top meal a day, when you are on holiday right? You have the option of sitting outside on the terrace, it might be too warm, if so, ask for a table in the library. Go for the tasting seven-course menu.
After a long lunch, if you decide on that tasting menu, you might not be able to do much more. If you do, allow yourself a wander around the area, you find a lot of small cute shops, sunny squares or you might even want to walk the famous Les Rambles (not something I really recommend), just to check that of the bucket list. Hold on to your coins and phones, as many do tend to have very long fingers on this street, in other words, be very aware of pickpockets.
After a day full of going all turisty, you should really go local with your choice of dinner. Tapas are a no-brainer, I mean, when in Spain. The mother land of tapas right?! Go to Mont Bar, it is a small local restaurant with the best lively and crowded atmosphere. Sitting at one of their high tables or at the bar and remember to order the tuna tartar, it is not only perfect but also so beautifully presented.
Now that’s one well-spent day in Barcelona. I tell you, after all this, you just want to head back to your Eric Vökel Boutique Apartment.
— I was invited by Eric Vökel Boutique Apartment, which means they covered all expenses in relation to my stay —