Updated: Nov 6, 2019
This september I visited lively Barcelona and "cava-country" on a most inspiring wine trip. The party consisted of a resonable small group of wine-enthusiast friends. As an extension to city life we spent one whole day in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia aka Cava territory. More details on the bubbly excursion in another post.
I just love the pulse in this city. Together with the excellent food, friendly people and great wine - what can possibly go wrong. We stayed right where the action is at- on the famous 1200 meter boulevard La Rambla. It doesn´t get more central than that. The Rambla offers everything from food and drinks to postcards, performance art and flamenco.
The hotel, Oriente Atiram, had friendly staff and extremely comfortable beds. It was also unusually quiet considering the party going on 24/7 downstairs. A three-star hotel, it certainly did not dazzle us with modern looks and edgy design. BUT the location made up for the wear and tear and we were very happy to be able to step out and grab a glas of cava on the go.
The cafés and bars along la Rambla are considerably more expensive and jaded than the establishments on the side streets. Just walk straight over La Rambla, if you can squeeze through the busy crowd that is, and grab a table at one of the terraza's surrounding the many town squares. Be warned however- It is a bit too easy to nurse a glas of cava or three for hours just watching the clouds and the people float by. But the joy, the joy of time off!
Don't miss a quiet stroll down to the marina at the end of the Rambla. You will find it is filled not only with yachts but with both casual water holes and fancy restaurants. We found an amazing place floating on the alluring and turquoise water- The Ocean Club, located at Moll de la Barceloneta 1. Spectacular design, friendly and professional service, great wine list and excellent menu.
At The Ocean Club, the staff bones the huge and exotic different catch of the day to the guests surprise and pleasure. Right by your table.
If the weather gods is not with you while you are in Barcelona- not to worry. There is pleanty of culture and cousine to endulge indoors. Barcelona's own Gaudi has spread his inspiring arcitectural brilliance all around. La Sagrada Familia is a must, but in case of cats and dogs The Guell Palace is close to the Rambla and well worth a visit for 12 Euros.
Don't miss busy and ambitious Bar Canete a few blocks off the Rambla.
The Bocceria is a must and is mostly covered even if it is an outdoor market.
For some energy and world class pastry on your ramble at La Rambla- step into the "oldie but goldie" Pastisseria Escriba. This bakery has been on this exact location for over 100 years!