This month, Coni, collaborator at our boutique hotel in Poble Sec, is sharing her favorite spots in Barcelona. Some great tips from our lovely team!
Places in Barcelona
- Parc de la Ciutadella: This place is a great oasis in the middle of busy Barcelona. The park is Ideal for a walk or a lie-down, to soak up some sun and rest. The park itself is full of sculptures and outdoor art. And if your here anyway, your close to the Arc de Triomphe, which is also very much worth seeing.
- Bunkers del Carmel: Excellent viewpoint for the city of Barcelona. As its name indicates, it was an anti aircraft battery in the Spanish Civil War. Today, it is an excellent place to go in the afternoon to watch the sunset. The view of the city is unparalleled and there is a unique atmosphere, full of people who bring food and/or drink and simply sit there to relax and enjoy Barcelona from the distance.
Tip: Take a coat, the bunker is high, therefore pretty windy!
- Badalona: This is a beach not far from the city, but just far enough so that there are fewer people and the water is crystal clear. It is only 40 minutes away, by taking the L2 line at the door of the hotel to Badalona, or 30 minutes by taking the L3 to Placa Catalunya, and then changing by a train to Badalona.
- Municipal Pool of Montjuic: This pool is open to the public for only € 6 and has one of the best views of Barcelona. Arriving from the hotel is very easy, just take the Funicular in Parallel to Montjuic (2 minutes) and right in front of the station is the pool.
Tip: Go at the time of opening, there are fewer people and it is possible to rent sunbeds and choose the best place next to the pool.
Restaurant Guide, your favourite Poble Sec restaurants or relatively close neighbourhoods.
- Escarión: This spot is only 1 minute from the hotel, and it is a very local restaurant, down to earth and homely. It is a neighbourhood bodega, with a menu full of Catalan dishes. The paella is one of the best I’ve ever tasted.
- Carrer de Blai: Although this is not actually a place but rather a street, almost all the bars here have very good and varied option of pinchos and cañas (beers). My favourite: Pincho J, in Blai 26.
- Placa del Sol, in the area of Gracia. In the afternoon, the square is filled with people who come to the bars or watch at acts which are sometimes performed in the middle of the square. It is a great atmosphere for grabbing a drink and to eat some pica pica.
- Sant Antoni Market: This newly renovated market has an area where you can buy full of fresh and local produce, do shopping, buy clothes, accessories and many other things. Also, in the vicinity of the market there are many other restaurants and businesses as well. Tip: be careful with pickpockets!
- Humana: Second hand clothing store that aims to promote the reuse of textiles to contribute to a sustainable world. Here you can find good quality and affordable clothing, as well as learn about the work the company does. All with the aim of improving the lives of other people. There are several shops in the area, all are worth visiting.
Events that seem interesting to you in the city.
- Fiesta de Poble Sec: These parties take place every year in the second half of July, and the neighborhood of Poble Sec (where Casa Vaganto is) is a party. The streets are decorated, activities are carried out daily, and in the afternoon / evening the bars of Blai are filled with people celebrating and music bands or murga that go play throughout the streets.
- Magic Fountains: Near Plaza España you can find magical fountains. They work all year, but with different schedules so it is convenient to look at the annual schedule. The show lasts about half an hour and is very entertaining. Also, the spot is in front of Arena de Barcelona. This is a shopping center which roof top terrace you can access to have some very nice views of the city and enjoy a meal or just a beer.
Don’t hesitate to ask her more ideas when you stay at our central boutique hotel in Barcelona!