Barcelona series – part 1

At the end of January 2018, I went on a trip with my two friends. As for privacy, let’s call them L. and M. We decided to visit Barcelona in Spain. One of the most historic cities I ever saw. There are so many beautiful buildings. If you are passionate about architecture and history, Barcelona should be on top of your “To visit” list. The trip was about having a great time so I didn’t write our itinerary down as I should. I only put down what we saw on a specific day but not as following. So I want to apologize for that.

Me at the top of La Pedrera with Sagrada Família behind

Day 1

  • Flight to Barcelona
  • Getting to the hostel
  • Evening walk
    • Barri Gotic
    • harbor
    • La Rambla

Getting to Barcelona

Our trip started on Thursday. Early morning we took a train to Prague from which we had our flight to Barcelona. For this trip, we choose RyanAir company which is pretty cheap but the level of comfort matches the price. We got there around 4 pm. From Barcelona’s airport goes train to the center of the city, which is pretty good. It’s not expensive either. Single ticket (for whole public transportation) is now €2.20 but, we got a T-10 ticket which cost us €10.20. The trick is that the T-10 is valid for 10 journeys and doesn’t matter how many people use it. If it’s group of 3 people (as we were) you punch it three times, that’s it.

M. & I in the train from the airport to the center.

Settling down

After getting to the center, we went to find our hostel. Via booking.com we found a nice hostel right next to La Rambla – main touristic boulevard. We stayed at Santa Anna hostel. It wasn’t anything fancy but it was ok for that price. We had one room with three beds. Our room had own kitchen (with big dining table) and bathroom, shared only with one other room. Out of five nights we stayed there, we had neighbors there only for two nights so we enjoyed our privacy. The hostel doesn’t have breakfast but for a price, you can go to the hotel next door. It has the same name (I guess it’s under the same owner). The breakfast there is in the form of a buffet and it was actually delicious. They are offering yogurts, cereals, still warm baguettes, several types of ham, eggs, jam, etc.

Harbor

Getting know the neighborhood

When we settled at the hostel, we went for a walk in the neighborhood. It was a quick walk through Barri Gotic where we run into this clothing store, I think it was H&M but not quite sure. It’s based in an old building with painted ceilings. Then we continued our walk to the shore. We found a bench on Rambla de Mar where we finished our snacks from home. We sat there for a while and enjoyed a quiet evening with view on harbor and Maremagnum. As the last thing of a long day, we walked to the hostel along famous La Rambla. The boulevard extends from Columbus Monument in the harbor to Plaça de Catalunya. After that, we were ready to go to bed. It was exhausted day.

Maremagnum

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