Destination Diary – Barcelona, Spain

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More than the food, the drinks, or the location, the best thing about Barcelona was the lifestyle. But the food and drinks were also awesome!

Heather and I go in depth today on all the restaurants we visited (quite a lot), the gelato we didn’t get to eat and the best bars we found on our trip.

And while there’s not much touristy things to do in Barcelona (seriously, go eat), we did find some pretty awesome parts of town to visit, and of course, if you go when it’s warm there’s alway the beach!!

Some of the restaurants we mention in this episode require advance booking, perhaps even weeks in advance based on the time of year you’ll be traveling. The Fork and Open Table are two great ways to book restaurants in advance, perhaps before you even get to Barcelona!

Have you ever been to Spain? What was your favorite city? Let us know for our next trip @PackOfPeanuts!!

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  1. Suzanne says:

    We love Barcelona and I agree it’s such a liveable city. You can go again and again, walk the neighborhoods and discover new things. Some of our favorite spots you didn’t mention were the Boqueria Market (delicious food or just great for photos), the nighttime light and water show at Montjuic (may not have been happening in January, but super cool!) and the Picasso museum. We can highly recommend the Runner Beans free Gaudi walking tour…even our 9-year-old loved it! Can’t wait to go back! Thanks for the great food and drink recs. And we will definitely check out the neighborhood you stayed in. Thanks Trav and Heather!

    1. Trav says:

      @Suzanne – Awesome suggestions, and yeah, not going to a walking tour was our biggest “mistake” of the whole trip!

  2. Kelly Jacobs says:

    Hey Travis and Heather! My husband and I will be in Barcelona on a one day layover on April 13-14. We had checked out the Restaurant Blavis reservation form a few weeks ago but that day was already gone and I just checked it again- only one day available in April haha. Do you happen to still have the guy’s email address who hooked you guys up in case there’s a cancellation on the 13th? Thank you!

    1. Trav says:

      @Kelly – Sorry, we don’t have his email anymore. I’d just call them up.

  3. Hi Travis and Heather, I’m Tracy, one half (together with Italian hubby Giovanni) of Swiit! I just found out about your podcast from a lovely lady who wrote to me and of course I had to listen and hear what you had to say about us! First of all, it’s such a shame we were closed but, hey, January is the only month we can take a vacation. We would have loved to meet you so you’ll just have to come again! Secondly, yes, our neighborhood in the Barrio Gotico is the best! It’s a little peaceful haven in the middle of everything. We’ve lived here for seven years and it just gets better and better. Finally, I loved your podcast and all your great suggestions. There were some new ones for me too and I can’t wait to check them out! Thank you, Tracy and Giovanni

    1. Trav says:

      Hey @Tracy – Wow, so awesome to have you reach out to us, and super glad that we could help you find a few more hidden gems in your city. Although we were sad we couldn’t visit you while we were there, of course we’re super happy you were out on vacation – everyone needs time to relax and get out and travel. We’ll just make sure that next time, we come back to Barcelona when you’re there!

      Stay in touch, and again, we’d love to meet you when we come there next time and hear about some of your favorite spots. I’m sure you’ve got quite a few!

  4. Wes says:

    Where exactly did you stay in Barcelona? Planning a trip in Oct and having a little trouble nailing down an area. Thanks!

    1. Trav says:

      @Wes – we stayed right on the edge of the Gracia neighorhood. I really like Gracia because it’s close enough to walk to the main hotspots but much less touristed and much more local. And it’s cute!

      If you want to be even closer to the action, Eixample is a great, great neighborhood as well. It’s definitely posh too. Only area I’d really stay away from unless you want a grittier, seedier vibe is Raval. It’s fine to walk through during the day and it’s got some cool stuff to see, but I wouldn’t want to stay there.

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