Friday, May 27, 2011

No Expectations - Barcelona, Spain

Where we will sleep

How long? 6 nights
How much? €30.96 per night

Check in? 9am, although we'll be arriving around noon from Benicassim.
Check out? 12 noon. We have a big day though, and we'll probably leave around 7am.
Why we chose it? We chose it based on this website, including its proximity to Barcelona and the facilities it has, such as pools and nearness to beaches. We almost didn’t choose Camping Tres Estrellas though as we couldn’t book through the website and no one responded to our queries. We never found anywhere else we wanted though and eventually they replied out of the blue saying a booking wasn’t necessary.

What we want to see

Parc Guell - A public park designed by Gaudi. Google the pictures. Who wouldn’t want to go there?!

Los Tarantos - to see Flamenco! Placa Reial 17
€8 admission
Opening hours – 30 minutes shows, at 9.30pm, 10.30pm and 11.30pm

Las Ramblas - The most famous street in Spain. It’s actually a series of shorter streets but it’s home to unique culture amongst it’s shops, restaurants and pick-pockets.

Sagrada Familia – Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudi. Construction commenced in 1882 but still isn't finished. We've been told not to bother paying to go inside because it's basically still a construction site, but the outside is still beautiful.
Opening Hours vary.

Barri Gotic Cathedral – purely because it looks amazing.
€4 each for each of the attractions - Museum, Choir, Rooftop and Crypt. 
Opening hours unclear

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar – the outside is harsh and imposing but the inside contrasts with open, light spaces.
€0 admission
Opening hours unclear

El Encants Vells - A market on Placa de les Glories Catalanes.
€0 admission
Opening hours Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat.

La Boqueria - A market on La Rambla 89
€0 admission
Opening hours Mon-Sat

Santa Caterina – Another market, at Carrer d'En Giralt El Pellisser, 2; near Cathedral Avinguda de Francesc Cambo 16.

What we are expecting

I had little interest in seeing Barcelona until everyone started raving about it. We had planned 2 or 3 days there but every time we mentioned it people said ‘Oh my God, you’ll love it!’. We had already cut out Madrid to allow for more time in San Sebastian, so we decided to extend our stay in Barcelona. Other than Parc Guell and a Flamenco show, there’s nothing I feel like I have to see. I’m looking forward to Las Ramblas, and of course I am looking forward to the markets, but I don’t feel like I need to over-plan Barcelona like I did with London and Paris.

I’m expecting Barcelona to be a little bit quirky. I’m not sure why but I’m expecting it to be hard to get around. Other than that, I have no idea. I don’t know what a Spanish city is like, the lifestyle or the layout. I’m kind of looking forward to knowing nothing but that a lot of people recommended it. We have 5 full days to just really get lost and explore.