We started our journey in Gaudi's hometown at Hotel Granvia, a former palace built in the 1870s smack down in the middle of everything. Our stay was short so we splurged and I'm glad we did. The photos don't do this corner of heaven justice. You had me at chocolate cake for breakfast, Granvia!
What to do. Now I'm not one for tourist traps. I took a spin in a cab around Sagrada Familia, squealed "alright we've seen it" and went on to greener, less hectic pastures. If you're anything like me, you'll enjoy a stroll through one of the most beautiful art museums in Europe, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. I kid you not, this place is jaw-dropping, crowd-less and boasts one of the bests views of the city! See the beautiful art collection for 12 euros or head up to the rooftop for only 2 euros.
What to eat. Well, you could grab something on the go from one of the many many overpriced fast food joints in most areas downtown (8 euros for a sandwich...), or you could rub elbows with the locals at the chic La Polpa. Tucked away on Calle Enric Granados, this beautiful gem is everything that you might crave after wandering the streets of downtown Barcelona on a hot summer's day. Go for their delicious 10 euros three-course daily menu and spoil yourself with some flavourful house wine.
Where to shop. Mango. Why Mango? Because Mango! Dare to adventure beyond the Rambla to the blessed land of the outlets, also known as Carrer de Girona, where 100 euros go a loooooong long way. My advice - bring an extra empty travel bag with you. You'll thank me later.
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Have a brilliant day!