For the second time my life brought me to Barcelona in November. I have only 2 explanations to this – either there is a hidden Catalan message I didn’t get the last time, or it’s the universe telling me I need to get the last glimpse of summer before winter. We didn’t have much time at our hands, so we tried to maximize our one day in Barcelona.
We started our day with a quick fruit breakfast at La Boqueria – a big market right in the middle of Les Rambles, the main tourist avenue that runs through the city center.
You can find almost anything you want in terms of food there – fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, as well as chocolate and even enjoy it in on-site mini restaurants which we found quite shady.
It was about time to check in to our lodging. We didn’t stop at the hotel this time and preferred airbnb instead, which rewarded us with a tiny apartment on a tiny street in not so tiny Gothic Quarter of Barcelona – the best possible place to get the feel of the city’s old town. The street was sooo narrow that I could jump over to the opposite balcony easily.
The walk through narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter got us to Barcelonetta beach, which was bustling with energy. With +22 outside people were enjoying the beautiful day, doing sports and yoga and some were even swimming – something people in Northern Europe wouldn’t imagine doing at this time of the year.
A question to you – when you’re in Barcelona on a great sunny day, the most logical thing to do would be to order a paella at some restaurant next to the sea, right? Not this time – we ordered woks to go and ate them while being right at the beach.
Salsa and sangria
As it was our first day in Barcelona, we decided to take it easy and finish our evening in style – we went for a glass of sangria and some salsa with live music and dancing – all with a romantic view of the port in sunset.