Our offers on the Norwegian Epic have been THE most successful advertisements I think I have ever seen and it got me thinking about where it all begins. The city of Barcelona is such a diverse city with so much to see and do, and from November we have literally got thousands of passengers visiting over the next few months so what better than to write a guide on this fabulous place

The best thing about Barcelona is its accessibility, a mere 2 hour flight from the UK and then only a short transfer ride from the airport this is a city that has so much to offer, and there aren’t many that are walking distance from the cruise port itself

So where to start……of course it has to be Las Ramblas. This is the hub of the city, the main road that starts in the heart of the main square at Placa de Catalunya and heads straight down to the waterfront. Its a huge pedestrianised area that is full of atmosphere, have some tapas and sangria, shop for local produce, listen to the strums of the Spanish guitar with street buskers or just meander down the cobbled streets off the main drag and see where you end up.

ramblas

sangria

Leading off Las Ramblas is the Gothic quarter where you can find old decorative buildings and small cafes with many a table outside just perfect for people watching, leading off from here is something you can’t miss and that is the grand basillica of Sagrada Familia, made famous for not being finished by the artist Antoni Gaudi, it is the most impressive piece of architecture by the artist in the city.

sagrada familia

Gaudi also has another string to his bow as they say and that is Park Guell. It is a large open park with rows upon rows of the famous Gaudi mosaic walls, so colourful and intricate, there are statues made in the same style and create many a photo opportunity and the views from here overlooking the city are splendid

park guell

One for the men is the Nou Camp, Barcelona football clubs home stadium, I have been told the tour is well worth going. Now the easiest way to get here as it is on the outskirts of the city is the Hop on Hop off bus, there are a few different routes and you can easily see the whole city in a day.

nou camp

Anyway now onto the perfect way to end your day in Barcelona and only those in the know would know about. I haven’t actually been yet but was told about it by one of my passengers, as you’re heading back to the port and feeling maybe a little thirsty take a detour to the W hotel, it is meant to have a fabulous rooftop bar that gives stunning views of Barcelona and the ocean, and if the need takes you to sit down relax and have a cocktail……. why not you are on holiday after all, start as you mean to go on

W hotel

If anyone has any other must visit attractions in Barcelona I’d love to hear them

 


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