Barcelona: sights and tapas

Friday 12th

After an early flight, I arrived in Barcelona late morning. I found the best way to get from Airport to the centre was to get a train to Passig De Gracia, where I had followed the instructions from the hostel. Warning: I brought a single ticket, however the best option is to get a T10 ticket which cost 10.40€ and you can use it on the metro the whole time your in Barcelona. Unfortunately I did not know this so forked out for a single which was 4.50€.

As soon as I walked up the steps from the underground, I saw a spectacular building. From this moment, I knew I would love this city. Even though I was following Google maps, I went in the wrong direction to the hostel as Google maps wasn’t correct. I manage to find the right hostel ‘Backpacker’s Casanova’ after a long walk. The person on the desk was friendly and informative and showed me my 8 bed dorm, where no-one was around.

After dumping my stuff in the room, I headed out into the centre to start exploring the city. I’m going to show you in photo form what I saw:

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Ice rink at Catalunya place, where there is a lovely fountain

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La Rambla – Main Street in Barcelona

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La Boqueria – food market

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Colon by the boat port

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Barcelona port

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Sculptures by the sea

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A Starbucks break – a must after all the walking.

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Arc de Triomphe

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Glories area – Torre Agba

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Sagrada Familia – an incredible building still being built and designed by .

After several hours of sight seeing and getting lost, I strolled back to the hostel, where there were no many people there.

In the evening, I decided to go on the Tapas tour, which meets at the Cathedral at 7.30. This was a great way to meet people and taste Spanish cuisine and would recommend going on it if you are travelling alone. I met some lovely people of different ages and nationalities. There were about 10 of us in total.

The first place we went to was a restaurant, where we ate tapas: a Spanish omelette and tomato on bread with a glass of sangria. After, we went to a bar, where we had wine with olives,mcheese, tomato on crispy bread. Then I had this huge monitor, which was delicious. The final bar was a small place, where we were given a traditional Spanish shot and a group of 3 ladies did some tradition Spanish singing and Flamenco dancing. It was just an amazing evening in lovely company with a great atmosphere.

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