Placa Sant Jaume

What to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is our destination for winter holiday in 2018. We went there for three nights in December. It is quite pleasant to go to Barcelona in winter. The weather is cold, but it is not freezing. We stayed at Hotel Roger de Lluria in the central Barcelona. The nearest metro to Hotel Roger de Lluria is Urquinaona.

View from Hotel Roger de Lluria

We like the hotel so much. The room is big and spacious. There is a minibar and also a balcony.

Hotel Roger de Llúria balcony room
Hotel Roger de Llúria balcony room
Spacious bedroom at Hotel Roger de Lluria
Hotel Roger de Llúria balcony
Hotel Roger de Llúria balcony

Look at this lovely minibar below! And the bathroom is spacious too!.

Hotel Roger de Llúria minibar
Hotel Roger de Llúria minibar
Hotel Roger de Llúria bathroom
Hotel Roger de Llúria bathroom

We also love the big breakfast, even though it is quite expensive (I think around 18 Euro per person).

Hotel Roger de Llúria Breakfast room
Hotel Roger de Llúria Breakfast room

There are nice selection of cold food and hot foot. With desserts and pastries too.

Here are our activities in Barcelona:

Visit to the Sagrada Familia

This is a must activity in Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia, once refurbished, could be the largest Catholic church (probably in the world?).

Sagrdara Familia under construction
Sagrdara Familia under construction

We buy an online ticket to enter, which is cheaper than the door ticket. I simply go to their website and pay online for it.

I love the outside architecture of Sagrada Familia. However the inside is surprised me. I think it is quite modern. I notice that it has also the old part of the Church in the basement, but the main part, I guess is designed in a quite modern way.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Sagrada Familia Barcelona

It has the feeling of nice, clean, seek inside, which is not probably my taste, because I love OLD STYLE church very much. The older the style the better!

So what do you think of it? Do you like how it is designed inside?

inside the Sagrada Família
inside the Sagrada Família
Sagrada Família pilars
Sagrada Família pilars

I prefer the outside look of Sagrada Familia. It has the quirkiness style of Gaudi.

Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia from the outside
Gaudi Sagrada Familia
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

You can sit to a nearby Cafe (across the Church) and enjoy a drink with a fabulous view.

Drinks with a View
Drinks with a View

If you have time, you can also visit Casa Battlo, a building designed also by Gaudi. As for us, we don’t really come inside, but the architecture from outside looks weirdly stunning.

Gaudi Casa Batllo
Gaudi’s Casa Batllo

Visit the Gothic Quarter

Barcelona is quite famous for its Gothic quarter. It is the old town and the historic part of Barcelona. Placa Sant Jaume, for example, is very impressive.

Placa Sant Jaume
Placa Sant Jaume
Placa Sant Jaume Barcelona
Placa Sant Jaume in the Gothic quarter

Just tuck away from Placa Sant Jaume, there are Roman ruins of the Temple of Augustus. It is quite amazing to see the Roman remains in Barcelona. The temples are amazing too!

Temple of Augustus
Temple of Augustus
Temple of Augustus Barcelona
Temple of Augustus in Barcelona

We also visited the Chapel of Santa Maria del Pi. And attended the mass there. The Chapel is very old and it is quite mesmerising to be inside.

Chapel at Santa Maria del Pi Barcelona
Chapel at Santa Maria del Pi Barcelona

The Gothic quarter is very special. It is typical old town Europe. With narrow streets and old buildings.

Barcelona at night
Narrow street at the Old Town Barcelona
Barcelona near Gothic quarter
Old building in Barcelona (I don’t research what building is this, any info?)

Visit the Flea Markets

Please see here for more information about antiquing in Barcelona.

Barcelona's Flea Market
Barcelona’s Flea Market

During the Festive season, also visit the Christmas market.

Christmas market in Barcelona
Christmas market in Barcelona

Eat Tapas

Yes! In Barcelona, you must try Tapas! There are many cafes and restaurants serving tapas.

PaTapas Barcelona
PaTapas Barcelona

I also love Seafood Paella! As a seafood lover, seafood paella is a must!

Seafood Paella
Seafood Paella
Tapas and seafood paella!
Tapas and seafood paella!

We also try a lovely Spanish dinner from an authentic Spanish restaurant called ‘Casa Alfonso’ at Carrer de Roger de Lluria.

Dinner in Barcelona
Dinner in Casa Alfonso, Barcelona

Appreciate Barcelona as a democratic society

When we were there, we seen at least two demonstrations. One was in exactly in front of our hotel. Although we do not understand what are the demands or what they are campaigning about, we appreciate the democratic feel in Barcelona, that people can and have appropriate medium (in this case through demonstration) to raise their concerns so that their voices can be heard.

Demonstration outside Roger de Llúria
Demonstration outside Roger de Llúria
Demonstration outside our hotel barcelona
Demonstration outside our hotel barcelona
Demonstration Barcelona 2018
Demonstration Barcelona December 2018: this involved some cars..

Enjoy the lively evening in Barcelona

Around Placa de Catalunya, it is always bustling busy.

Barcelona near Placa de Catalunya
Barcelona near Placa de Catalunya
Lights in Barcelona
Lights in Barcelona: this is near Placa Catalunya too!

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