Barcelona! As Queen once said “such a beautiful horizon, like a jewel in the sun”. Understatement!
Serious love for this city. It has the best of both worlds. One minute you're exploring the Spanish streets of El Born and the next, you are on the beautiful sandy beaches of Barceloneta.
So here’s our guide to exploring the creative side of Barcelona in a weekend.
GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT
Barcelona (El Prat) is 15 – 20 minutes away from the city. A taxi costs €20 - €30 or the aerobus costs €2 and drops you at Placa de Catalunya which is at the top of Las Ramblas.
WHERE TO STAY
Airbnb have plenty of great places in El Born and El Gotic. We recommend this Airbnb for a weekend getaway. Very central, near the beach and their attention to detail will be appreciated by any creative.
WHERE TO EAT
Breakfast : Mescladis, El Born
A small open courtyard in the back streets of El Born. Mescladis serves up European / Middle Eastern food which is perfect for vegetarians. We recommend the fried egg in a tomato and bean sauce for breakfast!
Coffee Break : Can Dende, El Poblenou
On our walk over to Palo Alto market (see below) we stumbled across Can Dende in the quieter area of El Poblenou. We only stopped for a quick coffee but their quirky interior and friendly dog made us wish we had room for brunch!
Lunch : Tuyo, El Born
Tuyo was the best place we stumbled across whilst in Barcelona, not only because the owner, Ina, tipped us off about Palo Alto and where to salsa, but also fed us the most beautiful homemade food. If you want something light and healthy on your way to the beach this is your place. The juices and quinoa are a must!
Dinner : Bormuth, El Born
Tapas joint, Bormuth had a wealth of amazing reviews on the internet so this place was a must and it didn’t disappoint. We recommend their padron peppers!
Dancing : Mojito Salsa Club, Eixample
Mojito offers a night of dancing to salsa tunes you will have never heard of plus a few chart hits thrown in. Every hour a salsa instructor gets the whole club dancing the same routine.
Palo Alto Market, El Poblenou
A hidden gem outside of the city, Palo Alto Market is a creative’s dream. Filled with small independent brands, makers, foodies and bands all under a canape of intertwined vines with outside space to enjoy the food the market has to offer. The market costs €2 to enter. Well worth a visit!
Colmillo de Morsa, El Born & Palo Alto Market
The team behind Colmillo de Morsa have hand-picked a very cool selection of jewellery and accessory brands plus they now sell their own ready-to-wear collection.
Bornisimo, El Born
Bornisimo stock a great selection of brands. They design and make locally in Barcelona items including sunglasses, scarves and bags.
LAST COUPLE OF HOURS
Beach : Nova Mar Bella Watch out for the nudist area if that’s not your thing!
See the city : Vespa Hire See all the necessary sights in a couple of hours by renting a Vespa for €30 - €40 per day. Be sure to visit Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Ciutadella Park and the Olympic Park at Montjuic.
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