Cava in Barcelona
I headed to Barcelona for a few days back in July. It was wonderful to be in a busy city with the beach on the doorstep, being able to stroll around some of the famous sites and sample a selection of the tasty cavas on offer.
I was only in Barcelona for 2 days…52 hours to be exact but I was still able to see quite a bit of the city, hang out by the beach and try a few roof top bars. I had been to Barcelona few times before and had visited Sagrada Família, taken photos of Casa Milà (but didn’t go in) and sampled some tasty local cuisine. This time I was here to just chill and hang out with friends.
Top sights and atmosphere to enjoy in 52 hours:
- The beach: The calm Mediterranean waters hug the sandy beaches of this lively city. A number of restaurants and bar line the beach. If you want to travel light to the beach, you can buy a towel and borrow a sun lounger with umbrella from about 10 euros.
- Parc de la Ciutadella: I found this a beautiful place to go for a run and relax away from the business of the city. It was created in the 19th century, to celebrate the 1888 Universal Exhibition. It is home to the zoo, the Museum of Zoology and Geology, a lake (where you can rent boats), a bandstand, many walking paths and the Cascada fountain which was created to look like the Fontana di Trevi in Rome with Venus standing on an open clam. These 17 hectares are the perfect spot to enjoy its tranquillity.
- Arc de Triomf: This was built for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. It was the gateway to the fair which took place in the Parc de la Ciutadella. It has since become an iconic landmark. The red brick and the features on it are striking.
- Las Arenas: This was a former bullfighting ring and now is a shopping mall with cinema. The roof is a great spot to soak in beautiful views of the Barcelona sky line as well as enjoy a range of different cuisines from the rooftop restaurants.
Food and bars
- La Isabela – Hotel 1898: is a roof top bar just off Las Rablas. There’s a pool for guests of the hotel here on the roof. With 360 degree views of the city and an extensive wine list, it was a relaxing few hours spent on the comfortable couches. And there’s a selection of different cavas on offer.
- Hotel Princess Negresco is another roof top bar we headed to just a few blocks east of Plaça de Catalunya. I found the staff here more friendly and more attentive than La Isabela – Hotel 1898 with just as tasty snacks and drinks. I had the cava, never a disappointment!
- Secrets del Mediterrani on Passeig de Sant Joan is 300m north of Arc de Triomf. It is a restaurant, bar and sells gifts; chocolates, wines and deli food. The staff are friendly, the cava is tasty and is only 2 euros a glass. I love sitting outside the restaurant on the street listening to the sounds of the city.
- La Esquinita de Blai is a great tapas place I was taken to which is a bit off the ‘tourist’ track. I loved the choice of Pinchos here. Being based in Australia, the offer of 1-2 euros per Pinchos is fantastic! And they are so tasty too! And of course there was a selection of cava on offer.
- Dino: After we had tapas here we headed to Dinos ice cream opposite; highly recommend the ice creams!
Barcelona is a wonderful city, I can’t wait to return!