If you missed it, you can check out Days 1 & 2 here!
Woke up bright and early, grabbed a quick breakfast in the hotel and headed out to jump aboard the City Tour bus. Thanks to the super awesome location of our hotel, we where situated right across the road from the 2nd stop on the route. The City Tour bus offered two routes, an orange and a green. We decided the best way to see as much of the city as possible was to do one route one day and another the next, so we picked the orange route...as it was the first bus that turned up that day. Passes for the City Tour bus for 2 consecutive days are 10.20euros and you can hop on and off as much as you like - let the sightseeing begin!
Our first stop was the Olympic Park. In 1992, Barcelona played host to the Olympic games and the grounds are still in use today. I've never been inside a sports stadium before and was blown away by the sheer size of the place...and the silence. The whole area surrounding the park was so peaceful and tranquil, lots of gardens and meandering paths, it was lovely. The Olympic Park is up on a hill, giving you some amazing views of the city, it was surreal to be so near yet feel so distant from the hustle and bustle of the city, I couldn't get over how quiet the whole area was. Imagine end-of-the-world apocalypse silence!
We took in the giant 'needle' too which was the focal point of the Olympic games. I imagine in it's hay day it was some sort of water feature but they've since turned it off. The whole area was filled with gardens and benches and we pretty much had the place to ourselves, I loved it! We picked up two seriously over priced cans of coke and took a walk through some gardens until we came to Museu Nacional D'Art Catalunya. Things where a little busier here but still quieter than the city streets!
We didn't venture into the museum but we did find some stairways and escalators that lead down, and down and down...to the Font Magica Montuic! The Magic Fountain is a huge tourist attraction that we'd planned on heading to; we thought it was a lot further away than it turned out to be! Not only did we have a fantastic view of the Magic Fountain, but we could take it in without having to battle through the crowds congregating down there. And the views of the National Art Museum from here where breathtaking too, a huge fountain that flowed downwards into a thundering waterfall. Everything was so pretty!
After lots of picture taking we jumped back on the tour bus and headed to our next stop; Camp Nou. Now, I'm not exactly the biggest football fan in the world and Mr.Man, as much as he loves football, was happy to miss out Camp Nou as he's not a big Barcelona FC fan, but, after seeing how flabbergasted I was at the size of the Olympic Stadium, he wanted me to see what a really big stadium looked like.
Camp Nou, the home of Barcelona FC, was an absolute bargain to get in, only 23euros per adult. The tour is self guided, taking you through trophy rooms, changing rooms, press boxes, onto the pitch itself and up into the seats. There is no need for ow big this stadium is! I mean, I was expecting big but...wow, it was huge! I can only imagine the atmosphere on a match day is beyond electric and something you really need to experience! I'd have loved the chance to catch a game for that reason alone! Maybe next time!
After Camp Nou we grabbed a quick bite to eat and Pans & Company then jumped back on the City Tour bus and just sat back and took in the sights until we reached our hotel. As was becoming tradition we headed up to the roof for happy hour as we perused through Trip Advisor looking for some restaurant recommendations for our meal that night! We settled on Arcano and made a reservation through the app.
Quick change and a wander behind the hotel, we happened upon some great little streets and stores, quite literally fell into the Arc de Triomf, then headed over to the restaurant for our reservation!
Arcano was AMAZING. It was a little hard to find as it doesn't look like a fancy pants restaurant from the outside, but once you step inside, oh my oh my, exposed brick walls, dark furniture, low hanging lights and flickering candles, it was brilliant. We skipped starters, ordered a delicious bottle of wine and tucked right into our main meals. I had steak (no surprise there!) and Mr.Man had the lamb chops. Both came with a medley of seasonal vegetables and a trio of meat sauces. The steak was exquisite, cooked to perfection and so damn tasty I wish I'd ordered a bigger one!
After such amazing mains we couldn't skip on dessert, that would have just been rude! I went for the caramel crepe, Mr.Man chose the Catalan cream. Just thinking about them now has me salivating! So sweet and delicious, I just wanted more and more! I was even handed a rose on the way out!
We ventured out into the night, checking out the litle boutique shops, popping into a gin bar for what I can only describe as 2nd dessert! We had a chocolate orange gin which was...wow. Huge, and ever so tasty! Afterwards we found ourselves back in Port Vell, legs hanging off the edge of the dock, laying on our backs and looking up at the stars. It was perfect!
Until next time,