Whirlwind 50 hours in Barcelona!

We really packed it in, on Sunday afternoon we wandered the Gothic Quarter, jumped on the hop on / hop off bus ‘red’ route and strolled along the beach.

On Monday we did the bus ‘blue’ route, went to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, the Camp Nou stadium and explored the funky Gracia neighbourhood.

Today, we took the cable car to the castle at Montjuic for the best views of the city and then the ancient port cable car back down for fantastic views of the marina and cruise ships in the port.

Barcelona is fantastic, it’s like Paris with wide tree lined boulevards and narrow lanes of the popular Gothic Quarter and chic Gracia but also with lovely beaches and a very relaxed Mediterranean vibe.

The star attractions are the many Gaudi architectural masterpieces, with the Sagrada Familia the most famous, but there’s so much more to the city.

We were there when the Spanish Grand Prix was taking place but it’s a big enough city that it can absorb large numbers of tourists without feeling overly crowded and you don’t need to walk far to find local eateries and hangouts. At night we enjoyed sampling tapas and local wines in the city’s numerous plazas.

Hasta luego Barcelona, we’ll be back!