Step 1. Getting to Barcelona
Obviously you can fly direct into Barcelona, but in my honest opinion Barcelona is not the best one-stop-destination to visit in Europe. Barcelona is a great complement city if your coming from London, Paris or another city for a European Vacation but on its own there are probably other cities I would prefer to visit. So for our 2nd segment of our EuroTrip, we decided to head south from Paris down to Barcelona. To get to Barcelona I decided the best experience would be to take the high-speed train, as opposed to flying. Once you figure all the logistics, a flight would take roughly 5 hours, and you can take the train (in comfort) in only 6.5 hours. The best part is that you can take the train and sit in the First Class section for less than the cost of a cheap seat on a flight.
So what is it like riding the high speed TGV train from Paris to Barcelona?
Riding the TGV train in Style in 1st Class, Paris to Barcelona
For a detailed overview of Tips & Tricks for catching the train ride from Paris to Barcelona check out this post on “SEAT 61“
Step 2. Picking the Best Hotel/Area in Barcelona
Having spent 3 days in Barcelona, I have to say without a doubt the best hotel and area to stay in is Hotel Miramar Barcelona. This is a real 5 star hotel, perched on the side of the mountain overlooking the best view of Barcelona that you can find. It is definitely one of those rare 5 star hotels that doesn’t fall short like you expect with some other European 5 star hotels. Most importantly, it doesn’t feel stuffy like the Ritz Carlton/Hotel Arts or pretentious and obnoxious like the W Barcelona. That sounds harsh, but I feel like this hotel had so much more character than both of those hotels. If you have been to any Ritz or an W Hotel, then other than the views and price, you know what to expect. While both of these hotels should be on your checklist to at least go visit(see itinerary below) I really don’t recommend staying at either one of them.
(3rd Party Validation) On our 1st full morning we decided to do a guided tour around Barcelona, and guess what the 1st stop was? You guessed it “Hotel Miramar Barcelona“. So we caught a taxi into the city, and the 1st place they took us back to was literally our hotel for the best view of the city…
Step 3. What to do in Barcelona
Barcelona Day 1:
- Train Station – Paris Gare De Lyon @ 7:15am (Be sure to arrive EARLY. All of the signs were in French and we had no idea where we were going so we literally came seconds from missing our train ride.)
- Arrive in Barcelona @ 2pm
- Hotel Miramar Barcelona
- 5pm – Tapas Evening Walking Tour at Bar Balmes (This is an absolute must do in Barcelona)
We drank out of the famous Canaletas fountain at La Rambla because old folklore says that if you drink out of them, then you will one day return to the city. We weren’t going to take any chances. Slurp!
- Dinner @ 8pm @ Blanc Mandarin Oriental or Moo at Hotel Omm
- Hotel Omm – Ommsession , then Sutton Club then Bling Bling
Barcelona Day 2:
- Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia (See the whole city in one day – amazing tour)
- Back at Hotel by 5pm
- Dinner at 7:30 either at Petite Comite or Bravo 24
- Eclipse Bar at Hotel W Barcelona ask for Jenny
Barcelona Day 3:
- Head down to La Rambla (the most famous street in the city) for breakfast & lunch in the square, and some self-guided wandering
Don’t forget to stop by the Christopher Colmbus monument:
The monument of Christopher Columbus is a 60 meters high column, It was put up for the universal exposition of 1888 in homage to the famous explorer. The sight of the city is remarkable.
The Columbus Monument (Monument a Colom in Catalan, also known as the Monumento a Colón and Mirador de Colón in Spanish). It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888) and is located at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. The monument serves as a reminder that Barcelona is where Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella and Ferdinand after Columbus’ most famous trip.
The statue was sculpted by Rafael Atché and is said to depict Columbus pointing towards the New World with his right hand, while holding a scroll in the left. As it was sited, instead of pointing to the west towards the New World, the statue points east towards Columbus’s supposed home city of Genoa. The statue is atop a socle, on which the word “Tierra” (land) is inscribed. – Barcelona.com
- Once you make it through the square, just keep heading out to sea and over to the Mare Magnum shopping center for some great views and even some touristy shopping (shopping not required). As you can see the clouds started rolling in (which ended up making for an awesome rainbow) but just as fast as the rain came, so did all the street vendors selling umbrellas for a very unreasonable price. We clearly got suckered in to purchasing one. Ah well! When in Barclona..
Well kids, that sums up 3 Days in Barcelona, including our full itinerary… If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to comment below.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a beautiful picture taken from our patio at Hotel Miramar Barcelona.
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